In early 2001, upon seeing the littered Coney Island beach Noriko Hino was inspired to help the community and began picking up the garbage on the beach. After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, she realized that many other Japanese also wanted to help their local community. As a result, in 2002, she along with co-founder Kazumi Terada organized NY de Volunteer's first activity mobilizing local Japanese for the September 11th Floating Lantern Memorial Ceremony. Since its beginning, NY de Volunteer has mobilized over a thousand volunteers and reached out to thousands of beneficiaries.
WHAT we do
We conduct Japanese based cultural activities in the NYC area for the local community and conduct global leadership programs in NYC for students and professional from Japan to enhance openness and understanding and create goodwill between the US and Japan. Our goal is to empower the Japanese and American community to be positive change makers
CORE & Value
We believe that everyone has the power to change the world. Every small action leads to bigger accomplishments. We value diversity, and we treat all people with fairness, respect, and compassion with the goal to learn from one another. We convert goodwill to effective actions and solutions to make a difference for communities across New York City and to strengthen the US-Japan friendship.
AWARDs, RECOGNITION & Memberships
“The New Yorker of the Week by NY1 News (2005)
"Lifestyle Expert” by the Japanese Cabinet Office Policy Bureau Divisions (2005)
“Distinguished Honored” by NYC Comptroller (2007)
“Volunteer Appreciation Award” by the NYC Park & Recreation Department (2010 & 2011)
“Global Messenger of Japan Award” by the Minister of State for National Policy in Japan (2012)
“Commendation from the Consul General” Consul General of Japan, New York (2014)
Member of JAMSNET (Japanese Medical Support Network)