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Gateway International Center Charity Profile
G.I.C. is a non profit organization putting human values and positive communication skills into practice through programs that build healthy minds, bodies, and spirits.
Our activities contribute to the Southern Kanagawa Community, the aim being to balance Japanese lifestyle
with multi-cultural awareness.
GIC is a friendly community of people who participate in our center’s contest of the body, mind, and spirit, committing themselves not so much to "stronger, faster, higher" as to deeper, richer, more enduring.
Children and adults alike will come to rediscover the miracle of self-aware consciousness. They will come for a new community, and at best, they will come away inspired by the precision of a desire to learn and keep on learning through all of life, and beyond.
We realize our dreams through educational programs, community services and fundraising programs.
Through innovative educational experiences that awaken the best in the human spirit, build healthy bodies, guide us in our quest for the highest intellectual human potential, and create environmental sustainability, Gateway International Center provides hope and healing for individuals and society. Our programs and services:
provide multi cultural opportunities in English for the inclusion of all citizens in the Shonan area. These opportunities create cultural awareness, and social tolerance as the Shonan area grows in diversity and opens its arms to foreign citizens.
provide opportunities of growth for educators and parents alike through various workshops , seminars and annual programs
provide holistic and humanistic curriculums through educational programs touching the needs of our young children. These programs will produce resourceful, respectful and responsible adults who will then help create peaceful, compassionate and sustainable societies.
Gateway International Center Volunteer Information
At GIC, you will have the opportunity to
Be a part of the future, and
help others to experience a little bit of the future as well.
Meet new friends, and enable others to meet new friends as well.
Be a part of a team
Develop new skills
Be a part of a vital service at the heart of your local community.
Volunteers needed for:
3. Story times
5. Autumn Festival
7. Summer Camp
11. Translation 2. Children's Garden
6. Community Service programs
10. Building maintenance
12. Shonan Warriors
… and More !!!
Volunteers sign up for 3, 6 month, one or one and a half year commitments, and are considered members of our ‘Support Group’
Duties may include assisting teachers, staff or board members in preparation work, organizing, posting flyers, helping to plan activities
Giving and receiving
Volunteering…it’s a way of giving and receiving
When you volunteer, you give part of yourself, your time, energy, skills and feelings. You give to your family and friends, to your neighbors, to your community. Sometimes, you are giving to people you don’t know, to people thousands of miles away.
Giving is one of the reasons why people volunteer. Their contributions to others and to their communities bring them feelings of self-fulfillment and the knowledge that they have made a difference.
Volunteering is also a way of saying thank you. It is a way of recognizing the countless others who, in big ways and small, have made life richer and better through donations of time and effort. But there is more to volunteering than giving. As a volunteer, you also reap personal benefits and enhance your personal growth. You:
increase social awareness
learn through service
enjoy better health
discover your strengths and talents
build a sense of independence
expand your social circle
And volunteering gets you ready for the workforce.
By volunteering you:
gain work experience
explore career options
develop a job-finding network
With a strong curriculum vitae, and new skills, you will find it easier to strut your stuff to prospective employers, fill out university or college application forms, talk to scholarship officers, or take on more challenging volunteer positions in the community.
That’s the thing about volunteering. You get as much out of it as you put into it! And often, you get a whole lot more.
So, roll up your sleeves and get involved. As a youth, you will find volunteering a great experience. But it doesn’t stop now. By catching the volunteer bug, you will be giving yourself a lifetime of rewarding experiences.
Lessons for Life
Volunteering…value it for life
Volunteering doesn't have to be a one-time experience. For many, it's a lifetime activity. What you gain from volunteering will change. There will always be new skills, new experiences and new feelings of satisfaction. Volunteering is often hard work but it is rarely dull. There may be times when life doesn't allow you to volunteer. But it will always be there when you need it to enrich your life. Take joy in the knowledge that you can always give.
But it will do a whole lot more. It will develop you as a person, too. You will discover new parts of yourself, make friends, try new experiences and know the satisfaction of helping others and being a part of a community.
It's time to think things over. Are you ready to join the work world? If yes, do yourself a favor: volunteer to get a head start. The effort will put you on the road to the job or career you're after.
What are you waiting for? Volunteering works! You give a little... and you get a lot.
Gateway International Center Donation Information
Donations are vital in reaching our vision.