re: volunteering

Foreign Volunteers Japan is organizing individuals acting on their own initiative. Their website posts the latest re: volunteering – read their site before you head into the area during Golden Week.

Professor David Slater, also mentioned on Foreign Volunteers Japan site, is hosting an event at Sophia University re: volunteering for English speakers in Japan:

Host: Sophia Intercultural Forum
Open to all free of charge; English (and some Japanese)

Two prominent NPOs that have been on the front lines of the Tohoku Disaster are coming to talk about the relief effort, the experience of  volunteering and what sort of support is needed right now:

Second Harvest: http://www.2hj.org/index.php/
Peaceboat:http://www.peaceboat.org/english/index.php

There are lots of safe and effective ways to volunteer, some right here in Tokyo. The options explored here will be include those suitable for  foreign and bilingual volunteers, but should be useful for all.

Please come and hear what these organizations are doing and find out what you can do too.

If you have already volunteered, please come share your experience!

I will be there with Seima Aoyagi, Director of Grace City Relief. Professor Slater also has a comprehensive site for volunteering information.

There will be a fundraiser, Thursday, April 28, for Second Harvest, hosted by the Alumni Association of Brown University, Bryn Mawr College, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, Williams College, and Yale University.

Harvard Club of Japan generously supports our work here as well, and we deeply appreciate their commitment to the tsunami survivors. Please join them and other schools to support Second Harvest, who provided the food we brought up to Watanoha, Ishinomaki.

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