WASHINGTON (PRNewswire) — Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Ichiro Fujisaki joined Points of Light Institute and all four former presidents at the Kennedy Center on March 21 for “All Together Now: A Celebration of Service” — in honor of former President George H. W. Bush and volunteer service — to thank the American people for their outpouring and generosity.
Former President George W. Bush recognized Fujisaki during the program, and assured him that the American people would continue to support his nation in the aftermath of the disastrous earthquake and tsunami.
Points of Light Institute has helped raise more than $1.4 million for Japanese relief efforts through MissionFish, a division of Points of Light that allows people to direct a portion of their online sales and purchases to their favorite charities.
Of the $1.4 million, more than $170,000 has been designated by donors to specifically fund the volunteer efforts of Hands On Tokyo, an affiliate of Points of Light Institute, which is working with other U.S. and Japanese-based non-profits to support a major supply chain into the most devastated regions of the country.
In addition, Points of Light Institute and HandsOn Network are working with other partners on the ground to develop projects to support the international volunteer response.
Points of Light Institute (www.pointsoflight.org/) inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world. It has a global focus to redefine volunteerism and civic engagement for the 21st century, putting people at the center of community problem-solving. Points of Light operates dynamic business units that help it fulfill its mission: HandsOn Network, MissionFish and the Civic Incubator, along with AmeriCorps Alums and generationOn, its new global youth service division.