This Loss We Carry on the National Mall

Volunteer Information Page

The Processions – 10am Saturday / 4pm Sunday

Hundreds of volunteers will carry thousands of Soul Boxes on and off the Mall in solemn processions led by snare drummers. The bags will be placed along the walkway of the exhibit, enabling visitors to comprehend the full scale of U.S. gunfire deaths and injuries in just under three years.

Join the Procession
procession led by a solemn drum cadence is an emotional memorial to victims of gunfire violence

A procession led by a solemn drum cadence is an emotional memorial to victims of gunfire violence

What You Need to Know for the Processions :

  • We will provide black masks for the processions. Wear black, red or white if possible.
  • Invite a friend to sign up and participate in the procession with you.
  • Use both hands and firmly carry your bag close to your heart.
  • Follow the person in front of you at a safe distance.
  • Be mindful of how you’ll carry any personal valuables, water bottles, etc. because you’ll need both hands to participate.
  • Children are welcome to walk with you, but please have both of your hands free to carry the bag. Kids who are big enough to carry a bag on their own are welcome to do so. Please sign them up.
  • Leave your pet at home.
  • Please – no umbrellas.
  • We will provide black masks for the processions. Wear black, red or white if possible.
  • Invite a friend to sign up and participate in the procession with you.
  • Use both hands and firmly carry your bag close to your heart.
  • Follow the person in front of you at a safe distance.
  • Be mindful of how you’ll carry any personal valuables, water bottles, etc. because you’ll need both hands to participate.
  • Children are welcome to walk with you, but please have both of your hands free to carry the bag. Kids who are big enough to carry a bag on their own are welcome to do so. Please sign them up.
  • Leave your pet at home.
  • Please – no umbrellas.

Volunteer Descriptions

Below are all the volunteer positions where we need help. There are many time slots throughout October 13-18. Sign up multiple times to really experience the entirety of This Loss We Carry.

Without you we could not deliver this visually stunning call to action that is unlike any other gun violence prevention initiative. Whatever time you are able to volunteer is appreciated. Thank you!

Title Tasks Days
25-ft U-Haul Driver Drive a Truck 10/13, 15, 16, 17, 18
Structure Set Up Helping set up the tent structure for panel hanging 10/14
Assign Me Any Task We need people who are willing to do whatever we need done at that time 10/15, 16, 17, 18
Panel Team Prepare and hang display panels. Requires standing, walking and reaching 10/15, 18
Signage Hanging Signs 10/15, 18
Runner Must have vehicle. Run errands as needed 10/15, 16, 17
Ask Me Docent Answer visitor questions within the exhibit; standing or strolling 10/16, 17, 18
Box Making Table Help visitors make Soul Boxes; sitting and standing 10/16, 17
Info Table Answer visitor questions; seated 10/16, 17
Bag Monitoring Clipping/unclipping bags, emergency bag repair/redistribution 10/16, 17
Procession Wayfinder Help procession participants find where to place their bags 10/17
Gong Striker Strike the gong every 15 minutes to signify another death by gun-fire in the United States. Also serve as an “Ask Me” Docent between strikes 10/16, 17
Procession Monitor Walk the procession line and monitor bag carrying, help folks who may need assistance 10/17
Title Tasks Days
25-ft U-Haul Driver Drive a Truck 10/13, 15, 16, 17, 18
Structure Set Up Helping set up the tent structure for panel hanging 10/14
Assign Me Any Task We need people who are willing to do whatever we need done at that time 10/15, 16, 17, 18
Panel Team Prepare and hang display panels. Requires standing, walking and reaching 10/15, 18
Signage Hanging Signs 10/15, 18
Runner Must have vehicle. Run errands as needed 10/15, 16, 17
Ask Me Docent Answer visitor questions within the exhibit; standing or strolling 10/16, 17, 18
Box Making Table Help visitors make Soul Boxes; sitting and standing 10/16, 17
Info Table Answer visitor questions; seated 10/16, 17
Bag Monitoring Clipping/unclipping bags, emergency bag repair/redistribution 10/16, 17
Procession Wayfinder Help procession participants find where to place their bags 10/17
Gong Striker Strike the gong every 15 minutes to signify another death by gun-fire in the United States. Also serve as an “Ask Me” Docent between strikes 10/16, 17
Procession Monitor Walk the procession line and monitor bag carrying, help folks who may need assistance 10/17
I’m Ready to Volunteer

Want a Soul Box Project T-Shirt?

If you already have a Soul Box t-shirt, please wear it. If you don’t have one yet, they are a thank you for donations of $25 or more. If you have donated previously and did not get a shirt, email info@soulboxproject.org with your size (S-XXXL) and we’ll save you one. Availability is limited to stock on hand. More information on what to wear below.

What You Need to Know When You Volunteer:

If you’re volunteering or participating in the procession, you can wear your Soul Box Project t-shirt and the Project’s colors of black, red and white. If you’re a part of another gun violence prevention group you are welcome to wear your organization’s shirt.

Black face masks will be provided to each participant to bring visual unity to the procession.

Bring a water bottle and a mask. We will have a water filling station and limited snacks for volunteers during their shifts.

Personal belongings: Please bring only what you need and can carry on your person. We do not have a secure space for personal belongings, but coats may be hung in an unsecured tent if there is room..

If you wish to honor a victim, bring a square 2.25 inch photo to slide inside an armband that we will provide. You can wear more than one. Watch the above video and allow an extra half hour prior to the start time to prepare your armband at the volunteer tent.

Please meet us at our Volunteer Center tent on the National Mall between Seventh Street and Fourteenth Street in front of the Smithsonian Castle.

Please contact Kelsea by texting or calling (775)223-5454 or email volunteer@soulboxproject.org.

The closest Metro stop to the hotel is L’Enfant (Blue, Orange, Silver, Green and Yellow lines). Public transportation is safe, easy and affordable. Here’s where you can find the best route for you: https://www.wmata.com

You can also use Lyft, Uber or a local cab. The hotel does not have a shuttle service.

Our exhibit (and the Volunteer check-in) on the Mall is closest to the Smithsonian Castle and the Smithsonian Metro Station: Blue Orange and Silver lines.

If you don’t want to change trains additional options include:

Federal Triangle Metro station, located on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines.
Archives/Navy Memorial station, located on the Green and Yellow lines.
Metro Center station, located on the Red, Blue, Orange and Silver lines.

Find routes and schedules for D.C. public transportation here: https://www.wmata.com/

The event will be outdoors on the National Mall. All volunteers should be vaccinated, wear masks, and socially distance according to current CDC recommendations. Be sure to also mask while travelling within D.C.

If you feel sick or have been exposed to someone who tested positive, please stay home and text Kelsea at (775)223-5454 to let us know that you will not be able to attend.

The exhibit will be under a tent and will happen rain or shine. Please check the weather forecast before coming to the exhibit and dress accordingly.

The public may access the facilities inside the Smithsonian Castle on the Mall’s South side, open 8:30am to 5:30pm daily. Additionally, on the North side, a “staff and volunteers” only porta-a-potty will be accessible with our key a the Volunteer Center.

The Exhibit Can Be Emotional

The exhibit will be a quiet and respectful place. A gong will be rung every 15 minutes, acknowledging another gunfire death every 15 minutes in the U.S.

These exhibits can be a very emotional experience; please be sensitive and supportive to attendees or other volunteers who may need emotional support. The exhibit is also a massive, one-time endeavor that is unlike any other.

We thank all of our volunteers for practicing patience, respect, flexibility, kindness and care for others throughout the event.

Photos

By signing up, all volunteers agree that their image may be used in promotional materials for The Soul Box Project. We expect to take a large group photo of all participants and volunteers immediately after the Saturday morning procession, which will start at 10am.

Volunteers and exhibit attendees are welcome to take photos. Please tag @SoulBoxProject when posting on social media. We would also love to see your best photos, please email them to info@soulboxproject.org.

Safety

All volunteers agree to assume full responsibility for any risks of participation.

Still Have Questions about This Loss We Carry?

Please return to the Washington DC overview page and read through our FAQ section.  If your questions aren’t answered there, please reach out and email us and we will get back to your as soon as we can.  Thank you.

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