Courtesy of our FuJET Volunteering Coordinator, David Tacoronte, here are some helpful links and e-mail links for volunteering:
Eyes for Fukushima:
Eyes for Fukushima (E4F) aims to promote grass roots internationalization in Fukushima Prefecture with devotion to improving the lives of people affected by the March 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster through events and fundraising. Eyes for Fukushima seeks to foster ties between Japanese citizens and JET participants at the person-to-person level.
JCN Japan Cat Network:
Japan Cat Network is a registered non-profit animal welfare organization helping people help pets through Trap Neuter Return programs, rescue, and re-homing. Volunteers perform regular rescue operations in the evacuated area of Fukushima, and operate two no-kill animal shelters.
Playground of Hope:
The Playground of Hope is a “social fabric” project that aims to restore playgrounds in disaster-affected Tohoku communities as quickly and efficiently as possible so as to enhance economic recovery by making communities “livable” again for children, their parents and grandparents.
It’s Not Just Mud (INJM) *(request and contact on webpage):
It’s Not Just Mud (INJM) is a non-profit volunteer organization specializing in disaster relief, grass-root support and rehabilitation of disaster affected individuals and small businesses. We are based in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, Japan and work in the Tohoku region.
Save Minamisoma Project *(limited attendance, contact first):
Our current efforts focus on delivering foods and safe drinking water to residents of the temporary housing units who lost their houses due to the tsunami and forced evacuation due to the radiation from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plants. SAVE MINAMISOMA PROJECT has been taking food and safe drinking water directly to the residents of Minamisoma city who are in need of assistance after 3.11 earthquake, the tsunami, and the radiation from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plants. 100% of the donation money will be used to purchase supplies.
Minamisoma Odaka Volunteering Center *(Japanese Only):
Habitat for Humanity Japan:
Habitat for Humanity mobilizes local leadership and resources to expand access for all people to decent, affordable shelter. Typically, volunteers and home partners work together through Habitat for Humanity affiliates to build or renovate houses. In this process, Habitat forgoes making a profit on loans through interest, putting value instead on meeting human need. Long-term housing security for a family, typically homeownership, is the expected result.
List of current Volunteer organizations and movements helping Tohoku: