Hello progress.  A quick report on our way too big 2017 ideas.  Stepping it up!  


Ahead with no Overhead

All Volunteer Team

We're now officially 100% volunteer based, with zero management overhead.  100% of donations to Place to Grow go towards holding our beneficiary workshops, bringing inspired volunteers together with post-disaster survivor communities.  Inspiring connections.

Screen Shot 2017-04-13 at 7.13.10 PM.png

Volunteering; More Than Just Friends

Facebook Workplace

We're moving our communications platform to the very new Facebook Workplace - in order to support a larger number of volunteer activities and volunteers, while keeping us all connected!  This means you won't need to come to every meeting to feel connected to the team.

Perfecting the Art of Our Workshops

8 Workshops + Xmas

2016 saw 10 workshops in Kumamoto and Minami Sanriku.  This year we've added Kesennuma to the list, while maintaining our presence in MSR, and continuing our epic end-of-year Santa Soul Train community party.  For more info check our activity schedule for the full year.

Pride in our Partners

Partners for the Year

We're grateful to be developing deeper partnerships this year with Johnson & Johnson, Nishimachi International School, Ohana International School, Alpha Sports Lab, Nagoya International School, Hogan Lovells, Oakwood Premiere Tokyo Midtown and our much loved celeb entertainers like Stuart-O, Hanami Yu, and Charlie Okamura.


Be Simply Active


We've broken down the entire Place to Grow organization into manageable, focused, fun activities that anyone can take on in a few hours a month.  Have a peek at our new structure.  It is supported by small teams, team leaders, and Facebook work.  Join us in launching our new teams.  We need you!


Angela Goes Global

NHK Friends Around the World

NHK interviewed Place to Grow founder Angela Ortiz in their *Friends Around the World* series, in an interview called "Building Bonds after the 2011 Disaster".  Angela shared her history in the region, and some of the core ideas behind what Place to Grow is all about. 


We'll be dancing in Minami Sanriku on July 29th at the Minami Sanriku local festival!  Join the troupe?

We held a very successful spring/Easter workshop in Kessunnuma, Tohoku last weekend.  A huge thanks to Lucia and Keiko for facilitating!!!

A new workshop is being considered for July 30th with the Johnson & Johnson team.

Next team meeting is April 19th @ 7pm in Mita Iki Iki Plaza, Room C
*** 4 Chome-1-17 Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo | Map: http://goo.gl/xwzfju ***
(Nearest Stations: Mita Station on Toei Line & Tamachi Station on JR )