Programs and Services

Our Future and a Sense of Community
“Volunteer work is actually considered to be working for others, but you learn through the process that you are actually working for yourself, too. What this interrelationship really develops is a sense of community and as long as Tonari Gumi keeps on producing that, it’s going to be a thriving organization for long years to come.” – Takeo Yamashiro

“My enjoyment is working with all the seniors here. I just love being with them, you know they are really precious. I think there’s love between each of us. To me that’s most important.” – Lurana Tasaka

Tonari Gumi cares for people through services and programs and offers a Japanese community resource centre where people can better themselves. 

We have several services for seniors focusing on people who are homebound. We have friendly visitations, Telephone Buddy services, and volunteering activities. We also have a ‘meals-on-wheels’ service and Lighthouse “Iki Iki” program at Tonari Gumi.

Usually we are thinking that volunteers give their affection to seniors. But on the other hand, they receive many important things from seniors. They learn about history and what happened and what they did or what they feel. 

Through these volunteer activities we gain important experiences for ourselves that we can share with our friends and families.


Through the spirit of volunteerism, Tonari Gumi hopes to provide more resources for all generations of Japanese Canadians and new immigrants so that they become full and active participants in Canadian society. We see these resources as:

• Improving our quality of life

• Helping people achieve independence

• Fostering personal development

• Expanding and strengthening friendships

• Affirming our cultural heritage

We want to create a place where youth can learn about their heritage, gain knowledge and personal experiences by working will all generations of Japanese Canadians and new immigrants.