Welcome to Osaka Voluntary Action Center Website!!


Osaka Voluntary Action Center

Welcome to Osaka Voluntary Action Center Website!!
Osaka Voluntary Action Center (OVAC) is a non-profit organization (NPO) founded in 1965, which was set up under the mission of promoting volunteerism in Osaka and Kansai area. (Our history)

OVAC has been striving to encourage, support, and motivate citizens to tackle various social issues. In the process we have constructed our comprehensive functions to energize civil activities. We provide networking opportunities for volunteers and NPOs, investigate current topics of volunteer activities and conduct research on how to strengthen NPOs.

**If you would like to know and explore OVACís activities or its history, there are a few steps to take. Visit this page to learn more about a formal visit request.

Our Activities - What does OVAC do?

No.1 Volounteer Coordination
#Provides information about volunteer activities and NPOs to people who are interested in volunteering via telephone, on the Internet or in person.
Firstly, please take time and read the Volunteer Checkpoint and Volunteer Guidebook to to familiarize yourself with the basics of volunteering.
→Next, visit KVnet database about volunteer recruitments in Japanese click here, and in English click here.
*We provide this service for person living and currently staying in Kansai Area.
#Offering volunteer insurance in case of accidents.
No.2 Support & Consultation
#Providing meeting facilities as well as access to office equipment
#Providing consultation regarding group management.
#Providing a wide range of support for building and strengthening organizational infrastructure.
#Giving clients advice on their projects.
#Conducting liaisons with grant-making agencies.
No.3 Citizenship Education
#Organizing a wide variety of learning opportunities for citizens.
No.4 Information
#Publishing a bimonthly magazine "Volo".
#Utilizing internet to provide activity information.
No.5 Research & Advocacy
#Serving as a think tank for research, analysis, advice, and commentary on civil activities.
#Practicing policy advocacy.

OVAC History

OVAC was established in 1965.
Following is a very brief history.

June, 1963 Volunteer groups in Osaka City came together and started to have monthly coordination meetings.
November, 1965 "Volunteer Association Osaka Bureau" was established as a non-official organization.
"Volunteer Introductory Courses" was offered as the first volunteer course in Japan. ( Since then, we have been providing various training & educational course for volunteers.)
July, 1966 Published the first volunteer magazine "Gekkan Volunteer" (monthly volunteer).
July, 1967 Published specialized book &"Volunteer Service" and 3 other books.
(Since then, we have been expanding our publication activities.)
June, 1969 The status of the organization changed to the corporate Juridical person and was named "Osaka Voluntary Action Center".
May, 1971 Applied "Volunteer Staff Participation System" and OVAC members became the main operators of the organization.
May, 1973 Started to provide volunteer information constantly through newspapers.
June, 1976 Offered "Training Course for Volunteer Coordinators". The first one in Japan.
July, 1984 Offered short term experience program "Summer Volunteer Project" as the first experience course in Osaka ( Kansai ) Area.
October, 1991 Established "Center for Corporate Citizenship" and started to work in partnership with companies and volunteer groups.
July, 1993 The status of OVAC changed to a social welfare corporation.
August, 1994 DDeveloped and launched a data base system called VIS(Volunteer Information System).
January, 1995 Organized temporary support center "Citizen Groups for supporting victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake".
November, 1996 Participated in the establishment of "Japan NPO Center" and sent a staff there.
July, 1999 Established "Non-profit Resource Center ".
November 2001 Established the Steering Committee for Citizen Empowerment Center.
April 2002 Opened "Osaka NPO Plaza".
January 2003 Redesigned the volunteer magazine and renamed it "Volo: Comprehensive Informational Magazine for Civil Activities".
May 2003 Started a new volunteer information distribution website "KVNET".
April 2005 Started "Kansai NPO Support Center Network"(KNN).
May 2005 Started "Kansai CSR Forum" which aims at expansion of CSR value among enterprises.
September 2009 Opened "Research for Voluntarism Institute".
March 2011 Provided various support for the Great East Japan Earthquake. Held an event, called 3.11 from Kansai, which aims at helping the reconstruction of the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2012.
March 2013 Closed "Osaka NPO Plaza".
April 2013 Opened "Civil and Voluntary Action Square -CANVAS Tanimachi"
November 2015 Celebrated half a century anniversary. It has been 50 years since we started OVAC.
NPO : Non-profit Organization

Osaka Voluntary Action Center

Tel: 06-6809-4901/ Fax: 06-6809-4902
( from outside of Japan Tel: 81-6-6809-4901/ Fax: 81-6-6809-4902 )
E-Mail: office@osakavol.org

Mailing Address: 2-2-20 Tanimachi Chuo-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka, 540-0012

Facebook: https://ja-jp.facebook.com/osakavol/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/osakavol
English speaking staff are limited, so any inquiry by e-mail or fax is appreciated.

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