Community Service

FEW’s community service activities enable FEW members to explore and utilize their skills for the benefit of others. We organize, support and facilitate community and charitable activities in Tokyo.

Mirai no MoriFEW Community Service focuses on four key areas
1. Promotion of volunteering and community engagement programs.
2. Awareness raising of key issues both locally and internationally
3. Supporting and raising money for nonprofit organizations
4. Peer Mentorship

To help facilitate this work, FEW has been publishing a Community Services Directory since 1995 where those who are interested in volunteering in the Tokyo Area can find plenty of information. Its latest edition (PDF), published in 2011, contains more than 80 organizations that welcome volunteer help.

FEW’s Community Service Directory has information on organizations, but here we offer some volunteering tips for those of you just getting started. Also be sure to check out our Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer.

FEW Charity Event LighthousePast Community Service Partners

Over the years, FEW Japan has supported a number of charitable organizations. Listed below are a selection of these nonprofits with more information about their offerings.

Place to Grow: A space for creativity, imagination, and inspiration to flourish in post-disaster communities. Survivors and outside volunteers connect, bringing an explosion of positive energy to the community.  Website

Mirai no Mori: NPO creating life-changing outdoor programs for abused, neglected, and orphaned youths in Japan, supporting their growth into happy and successful young adults. Website

Second Harvest Japan: Japan’s only nationwide food bank working to improve food security for those in need while helping companies deliver their donations to those in need. Website

Lighthouse – Centre for Human Trafficking Victims: The only organization working exclusively on the issue of human trafficking and modern day slavery in Japan.  Website

OGA for Aid: Non-profit, public operating foundation, dedicated to assisting disaster survivors through education and business revitalization. Website

Shine On! Kids: Supporting children with cancer and other serious illnesses in Japan and their families Website

Peace Boat: Works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment Website

TELL: Provides support and counselling services to Japan’s international community and its increasing healthcare needs  Website

Resilience: Dedicated to raising awareness of domestic violence, abuse, moral harassment and other traumatic issues that affect people psychologically Website

Room to Read: World change starts with educated children Website

Run for the Cure: RFTC’s mission is to eradicate breast cancer in Japan as a life-threatening disease through education, timely screening, and treatment Website

Check out the fantastic organizations for upcoming events and volunteering opportunities.

Peer Mentorship

Mentoring Moments Dinner & Brunch Series

FEW Mentoring Moments Senpai Dinners and Brunches are part of a series exclusively for FEW members to ask questions to our FEW member experts regarding featured personal and professional topics. The event takes place every other month of the FEW year and provides FEW member mentors (“Senpai”) with the opportunity to share their knowledge or expertise in a given area with fellow members as a way of giving back to the community.

Stay tuned for details of upcoming mentoring moments events.