Volunteers are needed for the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Training will be provided onsite in the morning for ceremonial unfolding.
AIDS Memorial Quilt
Note: you must sign up here in order to volunteer with the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Volunteers participate in Quilt monitoring and assisting visitors during the day. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up for shifts from 9am - 6 pm. Though it is a full day's load, people are mostly needed at the beginning and end of the day for unloading Quilt from storage and loading Quilt to storage.
All volunteers are invited to take part in the ceremonial reading of names throughout Folklife Festival and Quilt in the Capital. Reading names from the Quilt is a powerful and emotional part of the Quilt tradition. From 11 am to 5:30 pm each Festival day, we will be reading names from the Quilt. You simply need to come to the Reader Stage, and we will provide you with a list of names to read. After reading the list, you are welcome to add names of friends or family whom you have personally lost to AIDS.
Quilt Shop Volunteer
Do you miss your retail days? Consider volunteering at the AIDS Memorial Quilt shop at 1030 17th Street NW, Washington DC 20036. We have a soft opening Monday, June 25, before officially opening on June 27. We close July 27.
Soft Opening: 1pm - 9pm
Mondays - Thursdays: 10am - 6pm
Friday and Saturday: 10am - 8pm
Sundays: 10am - 4pm
Volunteers should be available half an hour before and after their shifts. Basic duties include counting inventory, greeting customers and street team outreach. Some store design and decorating is also possible. To volunteer, please contact Adrian Spencer, Merchandising Manager, Quilt in the Capital at email@example.com
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The Festival, held on the National Mall, runs from June 27 - July 1 and July 4 - 8. Over one million visitors attend the Folklife Festival, and we need volunteers to make the event run smoothly! The full list of Festival activities can be found at festival.si.edu.
Volunteer opportunities are varied: check out our website for more details. Day shifts run from 10am - 6pm and evening shifts are from 5:30pm - 9pm. Dates most in need of volunteers are June 28, July 4, July 5, July 6, and July 8. Even if you are unable to volunteer, we welcome you to explore the Festival!
Quilt Events in DC
In addition during the Quilt in the Capital from June 21 - 25, there are specific sites around DC that need volunteers.