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2014 Consul General's Commendation

NY de Volunteer
Noriko HINO, Founder / Executive Director
(Website: http://www.newyorkdevolunteer.org/)
Overview of Achievements:
NY de Volunteer (NYdV) is a nonprofit organization founded to promote volunteerism within the Japanese community in 2002. NYdV has organized more than 700 volunteer opportunities to foster intercultural exchanges between Japanese and Americans in the greater New York communities. Cumulatively, about 7,000 Japanese residing in the community, most of whom had rarely volunteered before, have joined NYdV and contributed to their local communities through volunteer work in environmental protection, educational work and cultural exchange.

Throughout the year, "Explore Japanese Culture After School" is NYdV's main initiative which introduces Japanese culture to children in the local community and provides them with opportunities to explore different value systems. This program has been an official City of New York program since 2007. NYdV created ""Japanese Spa Day," to offer makeup services to seniors in nursing homes, sponsors the U.S.-Japan Friendship Clean Up event and participates in an annual Japanese floating lantern ceremony for the victims of 9/11.

Ms. Hino was recognized for her distinguished service by New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson at the 2007 Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration. She and NYdV members also received the Volunteer Appreciation Award in 2010 and the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2011 from the City of New York for their work in creating afterschool programs. In 2005, she was featured on NY1 (a local television station) as "New Yorker of the Week" for her organization of "Japanese Spa Day."

With its continuous efforts and contributions, NYdV proactively advertises its volunteer activities aimed at promoting intercultural cooperation and mutual understanding between the Japanese and Americans in the greater New York area.
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