Our thoughts are with all those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Many of USJC's members and supporters are based in Houston and surrounding areas. We wish for a swift recovery, and look forward to supporting the region. We will keep you posted on details of the Japan-Texas Economic Summit, which will be held in Houston in May 2018.
In the meantime, we support a number of options for our members and supporters who would like to offer their assistance to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
GlobalGiving, led by Council Leader Mari Kuraishi, is well-equipped to direct donated funds to experienced NPOs and NGOs working in impactful ways throughout the affected community. For more information, please visit GlobalGiving’s page.
All Hands Volunteers, whose previous work includes recovery efforts in Ofunato and Rikuzentakata following the Great East Japan Earthquake, is supporting communities in Texas by providing financial support and on-the-ground volunteers.
The Japan America Society of Houston had established the "JAPAN STANDS WITH HOUSTON FUND" and will direct funds to local Houston charities and nonprofit organizations that directly serve the people of Greater Houston. Please visit this page for more information.
Roberto Torres, alumni of the Building the TOMODACHI Generation: Morgan Stanley Ambassadors Program, spoke at the 2016 USJC Annual Conference at the "Overcoming Adversity: Stories by TOMODACHI Alumni" workshop. A native of Puerto Rico, he spoke about Hurricane Georges destroying his home and damaging his community. Through the TOMODACHI program, Roberto was able to travel to the Tohoku region to see how nonprofits, government agencies and the private sector collaborate in disaster-affected areas. He took this experience back to his hometown and became involved in building disaster resilient cities and architecture.
With Hurricane Maria hitting his hometown, his community is in danger once again. Please visit GlobalGiving's page for more information on how to help.