Tokyo Metropolitan University
Tokyo Metropolitan University Volunteer Center
|Address||1-1 Minami-Osawa, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, Japan|
|Representative||Toru Nagai, Director of TMU Volunteer Center|
|Field of Activity||Providing assistance to students relating to volunteer activities|
|Location of Service||1st floor, TMU Minami-Osawa Campus Building No. 1|
|Website||http://www.gs.tmu.ac.jp/gakuseika/12_volunteer/ (Only in Japanese)|
Profile of Organization
The Volunteer Center of Tokyo Metropolitan University was established in January 2016 for the purpose of strengthening assistance for students to engage in volunteer activities and cultivating leadership skills of students with well-rounded humanity and creativity through participating in such activities.
Professional volunteer coordinators help students of Tokyo Metropolitan University engage in volunteer activities by providing such services as collecting and providing information and offering guidance and advice to students.
Activities of Tokyo Metropolitan University’s Volunteer Center
The center conducts its activities on the following three fronts:
- Responding to external needs: provision of information and guidance
The center provides information on volunteer opportunities that exist outside the campus through the use of bulletin boards, websites, and other means.
- Supporting internal activities: provision of support to student organizations on campus
The center supports the university’s student organizations to enhance their activities in various ways including checking the status of their activities; promoting their awareness of the need to manage possible dangers by, for example, calling on student organizations to have their volunteer activities insured; conducting courses to advance their knowledge; and providing opportunities for student organizations to publicize their volunteer work.
- Creating new activities: development and management of volunteer programs
The center promotes the university’s original volunteer activity programs such as Sports Volunteers or Community Volunteers. By conducting activities of these programs as part of the students’ learning in academic courses, the center strives to develop talents who can become volunteer leaders in society.
Toward Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Tokyo Metropolitan University is a large-scale university boasting a large number of students that reaches over 6,000 in undergraduate programs alone. Having such a big community of students, we believe that the university has a lot to contribute to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games as a source of student volunteers. We will build an atmosphere conducive to students’ participation in volunteer activities through the initiatives of the Volunteer Center so as to develop talents who can successfully fulfill their roles in various venues of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020. The above-mentioned Sports Volunteer Program, among others, aims to develop volunteer leaders who can act as a liaison between the organizers and volunteer staff, by having its participants acquire necessary knowledge and skills relating to major sports events and para-sports, etc., in a hands-on learning environment.
Volunteer Programs of Tokyo Metropolitan University
Tokyo Metropolitan University promotes the "Sports Volunteer Program" and "Community Volunteer Program" as its unique volunteer activities.
◆What are the Volunteer Programs of Tokyo Metropolitan University?
It is the aim of the Volunteer Programs to train social volunteer leaders by continually performing activities in conjunction with education including pre-learning and post-learning phases throughout the year and by contributing to society's volunteer needs.
Sports Volunteer Program
The Sports Volunteer Program is focused on engaging volunteers to support sporting events being held by sponsors such as, the Tokyo Metropolitan Sports Association for the Disabled and the Tokyo Marathon Foundation.
After the pre-learning phase, we supported the following events: "Sports Gathering", a sports competition for people with intellectual disabilities, "Grand Softball", consisting of people with visual disabilities, "Wheelchair Basketball", "Boys and Girls Football Tournament ~ Saburo Kawabuchi Cup" held at our university and "Tokyo Marathon 2017".
Community Volunteer Program
The goal of the Community Volunteer Program is to form an enriched community through conservation and utilization of satoyama (rural landscape) together with people of varying generations. We utilize the Matsuki-Hinata green area in the Minami-Osawa campus as a field. We are working closely and with the cooperation of "Hinata-Ryokuchi Yugakukai", a local volunteer organization aimed at forest conservation.
One of the activities was the thinning of bamboo and making charcoal using the collected bamboo. As an important part of this activity we invited local elementary school students and high school students to gain experience with the care and maintenance of bamboo groves as well as creating bamboo charcoal and bamboo flutes.
In addition, together with the student coordinators, we are planning and implementing initiatives to help students initiate volunteering activities, such as "1 day volunteer", in which they can experience volunteering responsibilities for one day. We also have a variety of activities that connect the students with society.