Volunteer

"The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others."
 ~ DeAnn Hollis

                                                                                  

Volunteers are vital to the success of the Garden and are an integral part of the education program. Please do not hesitate to join us and make a difference in our community! There are many fun opportunities available to participate involving varying degrees of hourly commitment.

  • THE GARDEN DOES NOT ACCCEPT COURT REFERRALS.
  • STUDENT, OR COMMUNITY SERVICE VOLUNTEERS MUST COMPLETE A MINIMUM OF 20 SATISFACTORY SERVICE HOURS OF SERVICE PRIOR TO BEING SIGNED OFF FOR HOURS OR SERVICE VERIFICATIONS

How do I become a volunteer at the Japanese Friendship Garden? Apply online, email Olga at volunteer@niwa.org or call at (619) 232-2781 with questions.


 

2015 Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in any of the below opportunities please contact Olga Cortes at (619) 232-2781, or email at volunteer@niwa.org. Also, please fill out the volunteer application(link above) and indicate your area of interest in the 'Comment' section of the form. More specific information on each event, program, and project can be provided over the phone and via email. 
 
         Perks of Volunteering
 
  • Get discounts on Garden membership. Volunteers can get an Individual membership for only $15.00
  • Get honored at our Annual Volunteer Dinner
  • Enjoy the comradery of fellow volunteers
  • Learn and experience something new  
 
April
April 18- Membership Tea
 
May
Garden of Unity Documentary Screening May 28th
The Documentary is a year long collaboration between the Japanese American Historical Society and the JFG. It tells the regional history of Japanese Americans in San Diego. The event will be held in the History Center's screening room.
 
June
June 5th - Volunteer Appreciation Dinner 
 
July
July 13 - August 7th - Summer Camp
Summer Camp Requires a minimum 15 hours/week, for three weeks of volunteering (M-F 12:30-4pm hours)
 
August
Obon August 1st 
 
September
September 3rd - Annual Gala
 
October
Family Day October 31st 
Family Day is a Park-wide event and presents a “spooktacular” array of hands-on activities, crafts, costume parades, tours, storytelling, and other free goodies. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. 
 
November
November 7- Taste of Japan
The Garden is hosting an event featuring Japanese street foods and cuisine, children's activities and performances. Volunteers are needed for crowd control, cooking, and other event tasks. 
 
Shi-Chi-Go-San
Shi-Chi-Go-San, which literally translates to 3-5-7 is a Japanese festival held in November that celebrates the growth and well-being of young children. Children ages 3, 5, and 7 celebrate their passage through childhood by dressing up in traditional kimonos and taking photos. The Garden offers this unique opportunity for parents and their children with a Japanese style garden as a backdrop.  Volunteers are needed to facilitate photo taking and assist with kimono changing. Background knowledge, or experience in kimono wearing is preferred.
 
December 
December 4th and 5th - December Nights
 

SPECIAL PROJECTS, FREE TUESDAY PROGRAM AND GARDEN AMBASSADORS

GARDEN AMBASSADORS
Ambassadors ensure guest safety and provide basic information on the garden in our new canyon expansion area, which is partially closed as a construction site. Training is provided and shifts are available Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-4pm, weekly

 
FREE TUESDAY PROGRAM
Every third Tuesday of the month, the garden is open to San Diego residents for free. Volunteers are needed between 10am-4pm to assist with a rummage sale and free arts and crafts for kids. 
 
PAUL'S PRUNING BASICS
Quarterly events where volunteer relax, beautify the garden, and learn Japanese garden pruning techniques.
Contact Olga at volunteer@niwa.org to sign up for the mailing list.
 
SPECIAL PROJECT NEEDS:
 
General Office Assistance:
-          Assist in photocopying documents
-          Printing brochures
-          Data entry
-          Organizing files
-          Updating the JFG website
 
*Qualifications: Basic computer skills including Word and Excel, basic knowledge with copy machines, independent and can-do personality preferred.
 
Marketing:
-          Assist with creating promotional material
-          Promote Garden events and activities
-          Assist in market research
 
*Qualifications: excellent written and verbal communication skills, graphic design background preferred, comfortable with various social media platforms.
 
Membership:
-          Conduct surveys
-          Assist with processing membership and renewal forms
-          Assist with compiling bi-monthly newsletter
 
*Qualifications: excellent written and verbal communication skills, research skills preferred, must be familiar with google apps.
 
Collections Management & Exhibitions:
-          Library archiving
-          Background/historical research
-          Exhibit installation and de-installation support
-          Art reception support
      
        *Qualifications: archiving background, or experience preferred, research skills preferred, must be physically adept for moving objects, installing fixtures.. etc. 

School Outreach:
    -Educators to take the Japanese Friendship Garden's outreach curriculum to San Diego Schools.

*Qualifications: Experience in education/schools/with children. Comfortable with large groups of children and adults.