It's time for our annual donation drive, and this year we want you to give until it feels good! We know you value Titanic Memorial Park. Please consider a gift that leaves you feeling good about your contribution to the park's upkeep and restoration.
Our goal for this year is $5,000. An anonymous donor has pledged a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $1,000, so if you act now, your donation will be doubled!
Here's how we plan to use donated funds in 2022:
Maintain the demonstration garden and planters.
- We'll replace the shrubs that didn't make it in the first year in the Demonstration Garden, and add bulbs to the garden
- We'll continue our annual planting and maintenance of the planters
Install displays in park for the 110th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
- In conjunction with the 110th anniversary in April 2022, we plan to have displays throughout the park that tell the stories of people who lost their lives, and those who survived, the greatest peacetime maritime disaster in the world.
Big news - we are able to paint the benches in the park! We have that information and a few more updates:
- All Hands on Deck - Painting Party
- Mask Requirements in National Parks - Update
- Farewell to our Treasurer
- Two new ways to support the Friends
We are very excited to announce that we will have a bench painting party on:
Saturday, September 18, 2021
9:00am - 12:00 noon
Meet at the Titanic Memorial
We will paint as many benches as we can while maintaining social distance. To find more details and to sign up, visit our Events Page.
Due to COVID restrictions, each participant must register individually for this event. We will have protocols in place, including masking and social distancing, for everyone's safety. Details are available on the Events Page.
August and the dog days of summer are here. We have a just few quick updates for you this month:
We are pleased to announce that Beth Hall and Paddy Katzen have joined the Friends Board! Beth and Paddy have already helped the Friends over the past year in a variety of ways, and we are happy to have them both in a more formal role.
We hope you all had a wonderful weekend celebrating Independence Day. We have several updates for you this month:
Thank you, thank you! Volunteers Stacy Baker and Brian Niemiec cleaned up the park after local July 4th celebrations. We really appreciate the efforts of our volunteers to keep the park looking nice, even when it's not an official work party. We have a few other volunteer opportunities continuing this summer:
Welcome to summer - we hope you all had a good Memorial Day weekend and are ready for warmer weather. In this issue, we cover:
COVID-19 restrictions are lifting, our volunteer opportunities are increasing, and we think it's time to expand the Friends board! With so many changes on the horizon, we want to invite you to a meeting in June share details on those topics, and also to hear from you about changes you'd like to see, and how you'd like to be involved with the Friends. The meeting will be held via Zoom:
June 15, 2021 7:00 pm
You must register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
April has been a busy month! In this issue, we cover:
The Demonstration Garden is planted! Our small and mighty team of volunteers got all of the plants in place on April 17th. You can find a few more details about the garden and plants we used on our Demonstration Garden page.
And, volunteer Melanie did us proud by painting a birdhouse with a "Flags of the Titanic" theme. The Southwest BID is hanging birdfeeders at the Duck Pond and Lansburgh Park to celebrate Earth Day.
As promised, we have more volunteer opportunities in April. In this issue, we cover:
- Commemorating the Sinking of the Titanic
- Demonstration Garden Planting April 17th
- More Volunteer Opportunities with the Friends
- April Opportunities with Neighbors and Partners
Due to continued COVID-19 restrictions, we once again discourage gatherings in the park on April 14-15, the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Please find time on your own to contemplate the lives lost and saved on this poignant day in history. We are hopeful that restrictions will be lifted before next year, when we will commemorate the 110th Anniversary of this tragedy.
We have just a few quick updates for you as the first day of Spring comes our way. In this issue, we cover:
- National Cherry Blossom Festival
- Water Quality Monitoring with the Anacostia Riverkeeper
- Current Volunteer Opportunities
The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off on March 20. This year's festival is designed to incorporate both virtual and personal experiences, from Art in Bloom to the Blossom Kite Fly to the Petal Porch Parade - and more! Visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival website for details.
While this February it seems like we are stuck in the never-ending grips of winter, the Friends Board is thinking Spring! We also are thinking of our amazing volunteers and planning ways to engage you in safe, socially distanced opportunities to support our Park. In this issue, we cover:
We know some of you are interested in supporting the Park, and we are working on new volunteer opportunities that can be conducted safely and in compliance with DC, National Park Service, and Federal COVID guidelines. Watch this space for our rollout of more opportunities in the upcoming months! Two projects on the horizon are:Read more
As we prepare for our small Thanksgiving celebrations, we, the Friends Board, are grateful for many things. We'll highlight our top items here:
We are most grateful for our Friends -- the volunteers on stand-by for when we can resume work parties, and our donors who made our annual fundraising drive a success. Donors took advantage of the 1-for-1 match, and we raised a total of $2290! Our ability to help NPS restore and improve the park is directly influenced by the support of our volunteers and our donors. We look forward to a brighter year in 2021, when we can restart our volunteer projects.