White House Tours canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013
We regret to inform you that White House Tours are canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013, until further notice. For updates regarding this situation, please contact the White House Visitors Office 24 hour hotline at (202) 456-7041.
White House Visitor Center Rehabilitation and Closure Information
The White House Visitor Center is closed for rehabilitation. A temporary visitor center is located near the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, just west of the intersection of 15th and E streets, NW.
Volunteer for a Special Event
Come and join us!
President's Park hosts a number of large events throughout the year. We often look for volunteers to provide help to visitors in many different ways during these events.
Typical events include:
More information about current available special event volunteer opportunities may be found below. If you interested in volunteering at any of these events, please email the volunteer coordinator or call 202-208-1631.
Upcoming Special Events
Time commitment: 7 am to 11 am; 10 am to 2 pm; 1 pm to 5 pm (all positions full, 3/14/2013)
Required Orientation: March 30, 2013 9:30 am (meet at Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, just west of E Street, NW and 15th Street, NW)
Volunteers will be needed to assist with crowd control as guests and their families make their way onto the White House grounds. Volunteers should be comfortable in dealing with large groups of people outdoors. The day will be spent outside on The Ellipse and adjacent areas, rain or shine. Paid public parking is available at the Reagan Building (entrances off 14th Street between Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues, NW or at 13½ Street, NW and Pennsylvania Avenue). The closest Metro station is Federal Triangle on the Blue and Orange lines. This volunteer opportunity would be good for groups or individuals. Volunteers should be at least 15 years old and comfortable with large crowds.
Please note: this event is scheduled to take place as planned, but is subject to cancellation due to funding uncertainty surrounding the Executive Office of the President and other federal agencies. If cancelled, the Easter Egg Roll will not be rescheduled.
Volunteers are needed to help with setup on the Ellipse for the Easter Egg Roll. Working outside, volunteers will help set up fencing and rope lines for visitors waiting to enter the Egg Roll to be held on April 1, 2013.
Please wear or bring:
If you would like to sign up to volunteer for Easter Egg Roll Setup, please apply through volunteer.gov or following these links: to sign up for March 16, click here (all positions full); to sign up for March 23, click here (all positions full).
57th Presidential Inauguration
Note: If you are volunteering on January 21, 2013, you should have received information about the required orientation on January 17th at 5:30 pm.Visitor Services (position description - PDF)
Volunteers are needed to provide general visitor services--orientation and information--at visitor contact facilities during the Presidential Inauguration. Primary duties will be to provide visitor orientation and basic information about the Inauguration, National Mall, and Washington, D.C.Volunteers will also assist park staff with crowd control.
General information about the National Park Service, the city, and the Inauguration events will be provided at a volunteer orientation. Please be prepared to stand for long periods of time in cold or inclement weather.
Please be prepared for large crowds in the hundreds of thousands. Meals and drinks will be provided.There are no shifts currently available for this position.
Shuttle Bus Driver
We are looking for volunteers with great driving records to drive 15-passenger staff shuttles during the Presidential Inauguration. Primary duties will be to drive staff shuttles short distances between sites along the National Mall.
General information about the park, the city, and the Inauguration events will be provided at a volunteer orientation.
Please be prepared for large crowds in the hundreds of thousands. Meals and drinks will be provided. A current valid driver's license is required as is a good driving record.There are no shifts currently available for this position.
Lighting of the National Christmas Tree (December 6, 2012)
Come join us as we begin the nation's celebration of Christmastime here, next to the White House in Washington, DC!
Approximately 10 lead volunteers will be required for this event. Please indicate on your application and tell the volunteer coordinator if you are interested in being a lead volunteer. A mandatory training session for lead volunteers will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 9:00 am.
If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact the volunteer coordinator or call 202-208-1631 no later than Wednesday, November 21, 2012. You will need to complete a volunteer application (PDF).
Pathway of Peace Nightly Performances (December 11 to December 23)
Volunteers are also needed to help with the nightly musical performances that are part of the Pathway of Peace which features a tree from every state and territory adjacent to the National Christmas Tree. Each musical performance features local (and not-so-local) groups. Volunteers will meet and greet these volunteer performers.
If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact the volunteer coordinator or call 202-208-1631 no later than Monday, November 26, 2012.
Fall Garden Tours (October 13, 14, 19, & 20)
Autumn has arrived and with it comes garden tours of the South Lawn of the White House. Volunteers at this event will help visitors navigate to the South Lawn as well as helping to distribute tickets.
Thank you for your interest. At this time, volunteers are not needed for this event. Please contact us in early 2013 if you are interested in volunteering for the spring garden tours.
Did You Know?
In Ellicott's Mills, Maryland, President Andrew Jackson boards a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad train for a pleasure trip to Baltimore in 1833. Jackson, who had never been on a train before, was the first president to take a ride on the "Iron Horse," as locomotives were known then.