Charity Akita

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Charity Akita

Charity Akita (チャリティ秋田) is a charity fundraising and volunteer organization comprised of ALTs and residents of Akita who strive to create connections between foreign expats and the wider Japanese community. They organize fundraising events for charities, create events to welcome newcomers into Akita prefecture, and otherwise seek to work towards grassroots internationalization by forming meaningful relationships.

Board Members

Year Executive
Director of
Secretary Social Media
2016-2017 Michael Aubrey Maeleen Arce Jessica Fareri Domonique Owens Joey Griggs Mihoko Kakuta
2017-2018 Maeleen Arce Amber Shamma Peter Hall Stephanie Gross* Derek Bonilla
Year Executive
Treasurer Secretary & Social
Media Coordinator
Community &
Charity Liaison
2018-2019 Peter Hall Chris Dean Caty Sullivan Danie Manos Aki Regan Asami Jin
2019-2020 June Kim Anthony Madry Vincent Hsu Amanda Lockwood
2020-2021 Amy Lin Erica White

*Resigned before end of term


To get updates about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities sign up for the Charity Akita mailing list.

You can also contact Charity Akita directly at

Annual Events

  • Welcome Party (September)
  • Halloween Dance Party (Late October) - CA's largest fundraising event, roughly 200 people descend on Akita City for a night of costumed revelry.
  • Christmas Caroling (Mid December) - A relatively recent development, JETs gather in from of Akita station for an afternoon to sing Christmas carols for passersby in the hopes of raising money for a nearby orphanage.
  • Appi Ski Trip (February) - Appi Ski Resort in Iwate hosts JETs for a weekend while they show off their skills on the slopes.
  • St. Patrick's Day Party (March) - Usually held around St. Patrick's Day. Decorations and costumes are all about the green.
  • Akita International Sumo Basho (Late June) - The Akita Community's longest running event, participants from all around Tohoku (ALTs and Japanese) come together to learn about the rules of sumo, and get a chance to battle it out in the ring for a chance at the title of Yokozuna.
  • Goodbye Party (July)

Previous Events


In order to reduce rental costs of the charity events, the following equipment was purchased and is currently owned by all the JETs in Akita. All this equipment was purchased since the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami (mainly by Wil Lentze) and paid for by the events themselves.

Event Procedures

These pages explain how to organise and run the charity events.

See Also

Charity Akita
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Group History ALT Charity GroupsRoom to Read (2006-2011) • Akita Association of JETs (2011-2015) • Charity Akita (2016- ) Charity Akita.png
Annual Summaries
by JET Year
RtR: 2010 • AAJ: 20142015
CA: 20162017201820192020
Annual Events Welcome PartyOrientation/SDC Tatami PartiesLake Tazawa CampingHalloween PartyChristmas CarolingAppi Ski TripSt. Patrick's Day PartyInternational Sumo BashoGoodbye Party
Event Procedures Charity Akita Event EquipmentHalloween PartySt. Patrick's Day PartyGoodbye PartyInternational Sumo Basho
Venues SanbōenOrange HouseDreamworldClub AKJamhouseLive space 「四階」CLUB GELAppi Kōgen Ski Resort
One-time Events Spring CarnivalSummer/80s Dance PartiesPub Quiz & Soup Curry NightBlack Hearts Masquerade Cocktail PartyHanami Tea Party