Japanese Community Volunteers Association (Tonari Gumi)


Business Number: 107526246RR0001

One Thousand Cranes Initiative

The Japanese Community Volunteers Association, or Tonari Gumi as we are called in Japanese, is the only organization within the Lower Mainland of B.C. providing direct assistance to seniors and isolated and vulnerable individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tonari Gumi volunteers deliver Japanese lunches and through Tonari Gumi's Telephone Buddy program, Japanese Canadian seniors call other seniors in either Japanese or English to offer comfort and social contact. Both of these services have become more important as a result of the social distancing required to limit the spread of the coronavirus. As necessary, additional services such as the delivery of groceries and Japanese foodstuffs will be made available. Under Japanese folklore, prayers will be answered after folding one thousand paper cranes. In our initiative, each act of service during this pandemic is similar to the folding of a crane and we hope that through more than a thousand of such acts of service, our prayers for the safety of our seniors and those who are vulnerable and alone will be answered.