All volunteers need to take the 8:30 a.m. (sharp!) state park boat from 21 Main St in Tiburon (you can get coffee and breakfast at nearby Caffe Acri). The most economical parking is behind the CVS, 1599 Tiburon Blvd., and is $5 all day (cash or check only), several blocks from the ferry dock. Ferries return at several times in the afternoon, but most volunteers will return at either 3:20 or 4:20. There might be a <$10 charge for the return ferry. Young people are welcome as long as they are able to help and supervised by an adult. Volunteers are asked to bring their own lunch and water.
This project will involve clean up of the former US Immigration Station on Angel Island, a National Historic Landmark. Volunteers will perform weeding and other gardening, cleaning of interpretive markers and the Immigrant Heritage Wall, and more. Following the work, Yale alumnus Grant Din ‘79 (volunteer and former staff member with the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation) will lead a tour of the historic barracks building where hundreds of thousands of immigrants were detained while they were processed during the period of the Chinese Exclusion Act and other restrictive immigration laws. Some stayed only a day or so, others weeks, months, or even years. The station processed immigrants from more than eighty countries, but is perhaps best known for the Chinese poetry carved into its walls. For more information on the history of the immigration station, visit https://www.aiisf.org/aiisf-history.
Grant Din ‘79