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Why Be a Friend?

Friends Survey Results

Education of Friends

  • 36%: College Degree
  • 34%: Master Degree
  • 17%: Some College
  • 9%: Ph Degree
  • 3%: High School
  • 1%: Other

Education of Friends.

Languages Spoken

  • 69%: 1 Language
  • 18%: 2 Language
  • 11%: 3 Language
  • 26%: 4 Language
  • 0%: >4 Language

Language Spoken

Main reason You Began Volunteering at the Kennedy Center

  • 66%: Love the Arts
  • 16%: Enjoy working with the People
  • 7%: Other
  • 5%: Friend's Suggestion
  • 3%: Allows Use of Skills
  • 2%: Perks
  • 1%: Convenient Hours

Main reason You Began Volunteering at the Kennedy Center.

Friends' Favorite Perks

  • Around 45%: Ticket Specials
  • Around 25%: Parking Discounts
  • Around 5%: Gift shop Discount
  • Around 5%: Other
  • Around 4%: Celebrity Sighting
  • Around 3%: Special Tours
  • Around 3%: Backstage Access
  • Around 2%: Canteen Use
  • Around 1%: Restaurant Discount

Friends' Favorite Perks. See the results from our latest survey.

Friends of the Kennedy Center est.1965

"I really enjoy being a Kennedy Center volunteer. Where else can you expose yourself to the world of the performing arts, meet interesting people, have fun, and be in the most beautiful center for performing arts in the world, all at the same time? Nowhere but the Kennedy Center!"

Nicole Robertson-Obas, Festival/Event Volunteer
Nicole Robertson-Obas

Interested in volunteering for the Women's Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra? To volunteer, we invite you to become a member of the WC/NSO. Volunteers support the NSO Petting Zoo, the Summer Music Institute, and NSO in Your Neighborhood. For more information, click here!


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 Rauno Merisalu

"As a first-time volunteer at the Kennedy Center, it was great to be a part of the Nordic Cool 2013 festival and share my cultural knowledge of Finland. For the amount of information I gave to the visitors, I learned at least twofold back - volunteering made this possible. I also loved learning about the free performances at the Millennium Stage. Every day of the year, visitors can attend these shows at no cost; during Nordic Cool, the performances featured music, theater, dance, and food from the Nordic countries, which was fantastic."

Rauno Merisalu,
Nordic Cool 2013 volunteer
From the country of Finland