Over $2.6 Million Raised for Ongoing Relief Efforts in Japan

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) announced May 31 that the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund has raised $2,637,850.66 to date and more funds have been allocated to organizations in Japan.

On April 18, the JCCCNC sent two volunteers to meet with the organizations that have received funds from the JCCCNC and other non-governmental and service organizations to determine the changing needs and gaps in services. They visited the Tohoku region and discussed strategies to address the mental health and post-traumatic stress counseling needs.

As a result of the visit, the JCCCNC was able to identify several other organizations that were meeting specific needs and unmet gaps in services. Donations totaling $1,750,000 have been sent and allocated to the following organizations working to provide services and relief for the victims of the earthquake, tsunami and threat of nuclear radiation.

• Kobe YMCA — Providing immediate relief efforts and assisting victims who have resettled in the area, providing care, mental health and post-traumatic stress counseling

• Sendai YMCA — Sustaining shelters and a volunteer center and providing child care in the Sendai and Matsushima area, Miyagi Prefecture

• Morioka YMCA — Working with the survivors in the coastal towns hardest hit by the tsunami

• Tochigi YMCA — Closest facility to the Fukushima area, assisting victims who were forced to evacuate

• Japan Overseas Christian Medical Cooperative Service — Providing immediate medical assistance and relief

• Shanti Volunteer Association — Working to provide long-term relief and recovery in Kesennuma City for 2 to 3 years

• Kokkyo Naki Kodomotachi  (KNK) — Formerly Doctors Without Borders in Japan, working to address the needs of children and schools in Iwate Prefecture

• Association for Aid and Relief, Japan — Focusing on the long-term needs of the physical and mentally challenged

• National Council of YMCAs of Japan — Coordinating 34 YMCAs throughout Japan to provide volunteer support in the relief and recovery effort throughout the Tohoku region

You can support the people of Japan by making a donation at www.jcccnc.org. To receive updates about the fund, visit the website or join its Facebook and Causes.com pages.

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