About Us

OUR MISSION: Hands On Tokyo provides meaningful bilingual volunteer opportunities to foster volunteerism and develop leaders to serve the needs of our community.

■Our History

Hands On Tokyo was founded in December 2006 with a working Board of Directors comprising both Japanese and foreign nationals who are committed to making volunteer activities more accessible and committed to accelerating the growth of volunteerism in the Tokyo area. 

Hands On Tokyo has been a recognized non-profit since 2009, and was certified by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government as an “Approved Specified Non-Profit Corporation” in 2017. Since becoming a non-profit organization, our mission has remained the same, working with  special needs organizations, non-profit organizations, welfare facilities, children's homes, educational institutions, local hospitals and health care providers to plan and provide volunteer opportunities that meet the needs of the community.

■Our Initiatives

Through our volunteer activities, we address the needs of a diverse range of community partners, including children's homes, special care homes for the elderly, special needs schools. By providing opportunities to participate in volunteer activities in both Japanese and English. We aim to encourage local people to participate in volunteer activities and contribute to the local community by working in the community.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, we are focusing on “what can we do now to support our community,” and how can we support that community as quickly as possible. We are working with various community groups, to deliver masks, handmade PPE gowns and “Thank You Baskets.” Each of these include a handwritten thank you message, and various sweets. These are delivered to our partner hospitals, local hospitals, welfare facilities, etc.

■Our Focus Areas

1: Children's Homes
Approximately 34,000 children in Japan are unable to live with their families for reasons such as domestic violence, mental disabilities and financial difficulties. Hands On Tokyo‘s volunteer programs support these homes by providing opportunities and options to inspire and shape their future. We do gardening, vegetable gardening, crafts, English Classes, Self-reliance support activities, Tohoku projects with children.

2: Disaster Relief
Since April 2011, Hands On Tokyo has been providing support in the Tohoku region, which was devastated by an unprecedented earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. Our monthly volunteer programs focus on rebuilding and recovery efforts, helping revitalize local communities. Baseball Project, charity concerts, etc. In addition to supporting the enthusiasm for baseball among boys and girls in the affected areas, the Baseball Project is working to "remember the disaster" and "foster the leadership of the young generation".

3: Special Needs
There are approximately 7.4 million physically & mentally challenged individuals in Japan. Our volunteer programs support individuals with Special Needs through educational & physical activities that enrich their quality of life. English conversation, tennis, jogging, communication with the visually impaired through sports, computer classes, interaction with people living in special nursing homes, etc.

■About Hands On Network and Points of Light Foundation

In the late 1980s, a group of young people in New York created an organization called New York Cares that offered new opportunities for residents to volunteer in their community. The founders did not have a lot of money to give away, but the one thing they had to offer was their time. They organized group projects on evenings and weekends so that people could volunteer around their work schedules. Inviting others to a meaningful, hands-on project without long-term commitment, they made it easy for other volunteers to participate. After volunteering, the participants felt they had made some sort of a difference in their community. As word of this organization spread to friends across the United States, the founders of New York Cares started similar efforts in Washington D. C. and in Atlanta, Georgia. Today, the HandsOn Network has merged with the Points Of Light Foundation to become the largest volunteer network in the United States and includes more than 208 HandsOn Action Centers in 37 countries, including Japan.

Hands On Tokyo is the Tokyo affiliate of Hands On Network-Points of Light Foundation. Much like other HandsOn affiliates, Hands On Tokyo collaborates with many local organizations to encourage senior citizens, revitalize playgrounds, deliver food to the hungry, support people with visual impairment, inspire children in children’s homes, and the list goes on. 

Points of Light Foundation

■If you would like to support us financially, please visit the Hands On Tokyo website (https://www.handsontokyo.org/topics/20/). Your financial contribution enables us to provide meaningful service opportunities every week of the year. We would like to thank you, once again, for your continued support.