We try to keep our volunteer programs fun and easy to participate in. (Due to the location and nature of our work, we ask that participants be at least 12 years of age.) A normal shift is 2.5 hours, and you can participate in as many shifts as you like. It is a great team building and communication activity for company employees, and we have many companies who periodically participate as part of their employee development programs.
Pick up food donations from donors and deliver to welfare agencies and other NPOs. (Japanese drivers license required).
Collect individual food donations at your school, company, or church.
Prepare food for our Saturday hot meal program.
Come out on Saturday to help us prepare approximately 450 meals for distribution in Ueno Park. We have three shifts: morning, noon, and afternoon.
Pack and send out care packages to those in need.
Help distribute food directly to households in need at our Asakusabashi office. This program takes place on Thursdays and Saturdays from 2 to 5 PM.
We have a range of other activities in our office that support our operations. Some require Japanese language skills.
Maybe there is something you would like to do to help that is not listed here.
Contact us to suggest something. We are always looking to put good talent to use.
When you register with us, you are automatically enrolled in our insurance plan.
We have an NPO insurance plan that covers all types of accidents and mishaps for the staff and volunteers.
For further details read see these materials.(Materials drafted by Miyazaki Insurance Office Limited）
Law firms, accounting firms, and design companies often volunteer their services free of charge for the benefit of the NPO or charitable organization of their choice. We welcome those with special skills to donate their time and services to our cause.
Are you interested in learning more about food banks, food loss, NPOs and poverty in Japan? Then why don’t you join us as an intern at Second Harvest Japan and deepen your understanding of these issues? Interns participate in many activities that are designed just for them, such as preparing for our volunteer activities, data input, picking up and delivering food products. We are particularly looking for interns that would like to work with us two or so times a week for six months or more.
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