Join us by volunteering at the 34th annual Festival of Trees! Get into the spirit of the season while helping Kennedy Krieger help others. Register here.

More than 900 volunteers are needed for all phases of the three-day event (before, during and after), including setup, the event itself and breakdown.

A festival of trees volunteer hands a paper to a mother and her young daugther.

Volunteer Tasks BEFORE Festival of Trees: 

November 16–22, 2023 (AM and PM Shifts Available)

  • Cleaning and preparing signage
  • Building tree groves
  • Tree assembly
  • Holiday decorating 
  • Laying snow
  • And more!  ​​​

Volunteer Tasks DURING* Festival of Trees:

November 24–26, 2023

  • Greeting & directing attendees
  • Overseeing children’s games & activities
  • Collecting ride tickets
  • Helping Santa
  • And more!

(*These shifts are the most critical to fill.)

Volunteer Tasks AFTER Festival of Trees:

November 26–27, 2023

  • Breaking down event space     
  • Tree packing
  • Inventory of event supplies
  • Distribution of trees and gingerbread houses 
  • And more!

Who can volunteer? 

  • All ages and abilities. 
  • Volunteers 15 years or younger must volunteer with a guardian. (This is a great opportunity to earn service hours for school!)

Volunteering with friends and colleagues is always much more fun!! 

Volunteering with friends and colleagues is always much more fun!! 
We encourage corporate and community groups to volunteer together! We can add your company or organization name to the registration process so that we know which volunteers are part of your group. For questions regarding volunteering, please contact:

Kennedy Krieger Employee Volunteer Opportunities 

Kennedy Krieger Employee Volunteer Opportunities 
We rely on the help of Kennedy Krieger Institute employees to make Festival of Trees possible. Some of the unique volunteer opportunities for Kennedy Krieger employees and their friends and family are: 

  • Sales Booth: Assist attendees with their tree, wreath and gingerbread house purchases 
  • Information Booth: Assist attendees with general information questions 
  • Auction/ Raffle Booth: Watch over the auction/raffle items, sell raffle tickets, answer questions , and assist with online bidding (Outgoing personalities are appreciated!) 
  • General Operations/Floater: Assist where needed; fill in at various roles to cover for meal & rest breaks 

*When signing up for a shift, please make a note if you are interested in one of these specific roles.

Volunteer Coordination Partnership

Kennedy Krieger Institute is proud to partner with Break A Difference to manage all volunteers for Festival of Trees. Break A Difference plans and implements impactful, memorable and fun volunteer experiences in its hometown of Baltimore and in cities across the United States and beyond.