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Helping in Japan

March 17, 2011

By Jeremy Exell, AmeriCorps Alums

By now, everyone knows about the unprecedented disaster that impacted Japan. We know that our AmeriCorps Alums are concerned with whats happening in Japan and how you can help. Here is some information from our partnering organization, HandsOn Network, on how you can help.

You can help HandsOn Network respond to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. In these first few days since the earthquake, we are working with our HandsOn Tokyo affiliate in Japan and we are communicating with our international partners to determine support needed on the local level. We have set-up an account with MissionFish/Ebay and Paypal to collect donations to assist HandsOn Tokyo with relief efforts. Over the next few days we’ll continue to update you on current activities and ways you can help.

Until then, here’s what you can do right now:

  1. Volunteer: Our HandsOn Tokyo affiliate is continuing to monitor the situation and will be identifying volunteer appropriate activities. For now, you can register your interest to volunteer for potential upcoming volunteer opportunities related to the relief and recovery of earthquake and tsunami impacted communities by registering with HandsOn Tokyo http://www.handsontokyo.org/en/volunteer_activities/volunteer_registration

*If you are local to Tokyo volunteer opportunities may become available more quickly.

*If you live outside of Japan, volunteer opportunities may take longer due to need to find proper accommodations and support for international volunteers.

*If you register your interest to volunteer, as soon as volunteer opportunities become available HandsOn Tokyo will send you an email updating you on those opportunities. Until then please do not call as HandsOn Tokyo’s offices as they are temporarily closed.

 

2.       Donate: Right now, monetary support is needed more than anything else.  To donate resources to support recovery efforts Visit your Hands on Tokyo homepage on eBay (Please do not send goods, monetary resources are most useful until needs are fully assessed)

 

3.       Teach: Resources at GenerationOn can help children and young adults better understand what their role in disaster relief, even when the disaster is far away, through lessons of philanthropy. Lessons and other resources can be found at: http://generationon.org/global/big-happenings/operation-kids-help

 

4.      Follow: Up to date information related to the disaster will be posted on twitter “hondisaster” (this will only be updated when new information is available)

PLEASE BE REMINDED AS WITH ALL DISASTERS PLEASE DO NOT SELF DEPLOY TO THE REGION IMPACTED BY THE DISASTER. PLEASE WAIT UNTIL VOLUNTEER ASSISTANCE IS REQUESTED.

For those seeking family or friends in the devastated areas:

http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/?lang=ja

 

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