Japanese Community Volunteers Association (Tonari Gumi)

Registered Name: JAPANESE COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS ASSOCIATION

Business Number: 107526246RR0001

1000-Cranes Initiative "Sen Ba Zuru"

Tonari Gumi: Japanese Community Volunteers Association will run its 1000-Cranes initiative from March 2016 to December 2018.

We hope to raise $100,000 each year for three years to help fund our programs and services. For every $100 donated, one of our volunteers or seniors will fold you and origami crane in appreciation.

In Japanese culture, cranes are seen as magical, bringing luck, longevity and protecting those around them. At Tonari Gumi, the hands of our volunteers are like the cranes, taking care of and lending a helping hand to those in need. 

Please donate a crane today!

Our Vision:

  • To serve the needs of the Japanese Canadian and Japanese immigrant community and extend a helping hand to seniors and all generations so that they can lead more independent, healthy, and enjoyable lives.

Our Values

  • We want to create a caring and welcoming environment for all. We want to lend a helping hand to those in need. We are a home-away-from home for all Japanese Canadians and Japanese immigrants.

Our Mission

Through the spirit of volunteerism, Tonari Gumi provides resources for all generations of Japanese Canadians and new immigrants so that they become full and active participants in Canadian society. We see these resources as:

  • Improving our quality of life
  • Helping people achieve independence
  • Fostering personal development
  • Expanding and strengthening friendships
  • Affirming our cultural heritage

We want to create a place where youth can learn about their heritage, gain knowledge and personal experiences by working will all generations of Japanese Canadians and new immigrants.

Programs and Services

Tonari Gumi has provided a variety of programs and services of benefit to the Japanese Canadian and Japanese immigrant community throughout the Lower Mainland of B.C. since 1974.

We meet the needs of the community in both Japanese and English and offer various programs for seniors and all generations to socialize and serve others such as:

  • Japanese Meals-on-Wheels program
  • Social Lunch Program
  • Friendly visitation program for homebound seniors
  • Telephone Buddies
  • Lighthouse "Iki Iki"
  • TG Cruiser
  • Volunteer Translator Intern Program
  • Special Event Intern Progam

Please make a gift today!

Our website is:  www.tonarigumi.ca

What People Are Saying

"Volunteer work is considered to be working for others, but you learn through this process you are actually working for yourself, too. This interrelationship develops a sense of community and as long as Tonari Gumi keeps on producing that, it will be a thriving organization for long years to come."

— Takeo Yamashiro

"Home is a place where you make the family yourself. There are a lot of lonely people out there. When I first started volunteering, we delivered lunches once a week. I have to remember to sit down because I’m not a volunteer anymore. It’s funny."

— Nancy Morishita

""Tonari Gumi" means neighbourhood organization in Japanese and historically, neighbourhood organizations played a wider social role of involving all generations and members in the support and improvement of the community. "

— Tamio Wakayama

"Volunteer work is considered to be working for others, but you learn through this process you are actually working for yourself, too. This interrelationship develops a sense of community and as long as Tonari Gumi keeps on producing that, it will be a thriving organization for long years to come."

— Takeo Yamashiro

"Home is a place where you make the family yourself. There are a lot of lonely people out there. When I first started volunteering, we delivered lunches once a week. I have to remember to sit down because I’m not a volunteer anymore. It’s funny."

— Nancy Morishita

"'Tonari Gumi' means neighbourhood organization in Japanese and historically, neighbourhood organizations played a wider social role of involving all generations and members in the support and improvement of the community. "

— Tamio Wakayama

"Volunteer work is considered to be working for others, but you learn through this process you are actually working for yourself, too. This interrelationship develops a sense of community and as long as Tonari Gumi keeps on producing that, it will be a thriving organization for long years to come."

— Takeo Yamashiro

"Home is a place where you make the family yourself. There are a lot of lonely people out there. When I first started volunteering, we delivered lunches once a week. I have to remember to sit down because I’m not a volunteer anymore. It’s funny."

— Nancy Morishita

"'Tonari Gumi' means neighbourhood organization in Japanese and historically, neighbourhood organizations played a wider social role of involving all generations and members in the support and improvement of the community. "

— Tamio Wakayama

"Volunteer work is considered to be working for others, but you learn through this process you are actually working for yourself, too. This interrelationship develops a sense of community and as long as Tonari Gumi keeps on producing that, it will be a thriving organization for long years to come."

— Takeo Yamashiro

"Home is a place where you make the family yourself. There are a lot of lonely people out there. When I first started volunteering, we delivered lunches once a week. I have to remember to sit down because I’m not a volunteer anymore. It’s funny."

— Nancy Morishita

"'Tonari Gumi' means neighbourhood organization in Japanese and historically, neighbourhood organizations played a wider social role of involving all generations and members in the support and improvement of the community. "

— Tamio Wakayama

"O flock of heavenly cranes, cover my child with your wings."

— A Japanese mother's prayer

"O flock of heavenly cranes, cover my child with your wings."

— A Japanese mother's prayer

"O flock of heavenly cranes, cover my child with your wings."

— A Japanese mother's prayer

"O flock of heavenly cranes, cover my child with your wings."

— A Japanese mother's prayer

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