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.
FEW 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.
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.
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.