About Us

Charity Akita is an unincorporated non-profit voluntary association that works to strengthen the expat and Japanese community by providing opportunities for people to connect, and to pass on the legacy of volunteerism in Akita prefecture.

To that end Charity Akita organizes volunteer opportunities, fundraisers, social gatherings and other events. We strive to support local causes and charities, primarily those located within Akita prefecture and the Tohoku region.

Signing up for our email newsletter is the best way to stay up to date with upcoming events. You can also check out our calendar (following the links above). Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram @Charity Akita.

Contact Us at: CharityAkita@gmail.com

The Charity Akita Charter

Meet the Board!

Executive Director: June Kim

Hello! I’m June, I’m a second year ALT in northern Akita, hailing from Chicago, IL USA! In my previous life, I was in management and coaching, now I’m here in Japan! I like traveling especially road trips so I might randomly pop up in different places around Akita! I also like finding new places to explore and new things to eat (and always taking recommendations!). Aside from that, video games, anime, sports, and random shenanigans are among my interests. I hope to meet as many of you as I can at future CA events!

Deputy Director: Anthony Madry

Hey guys I’m Anthony! I’m pretty much your average Akita dwelling, English teaching, Japanese studying, God fearing, pizza eating, Pokémon battling guy from metro-Detroit. I’m a second year ALT living in Katagami, easily the best placement in Akita! I look forward to getting to know many of you and serving this community together!

Treasurer: Vincent Hsu

Hello everyone! I’m Vincent, currently a second year ALT in Akita City. I’m from Vancouver, Canada. I enjoy playing the violin, watching movies and anime, drinking bubble tea and eating a lot of food. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone!

Secretary & Social Media Coordinator: Danie Manos

Danie Cosmo Wanda

Hey everyone! I’m Danie, and I take our Halloween couple’s costumes pretty seriously… I’m a JET alumna whose been living in Akita for the past four years. You might know me through my other half, Pimms Hubbell, who is now an Akita JET Prefectural Advisor. Along with being a new mom and graduate student, you might find me playing table top games or ranting about my latest Sailor Moon fan theory.

Location Liaison: Amanda Lockwood


Hello, everyone! My name’s Amanda Lockwood, and this will be my third year in Akita as a JHS/ES ALT! I’m from Washington State in the US, and I currently live in Yokote City. Joining Charity Akita is an opportunity for me to share my ideas and return the warmth and support that the general Akita community has shown me over these past couple of years. I hope to use this chance to not only be a part of the fun annual ALT parties and events, but to also enact real change, no matter how small, through volunteering and charity work. I don’t know where this upcoming year will take us, but I look forward to finding out with all of you!