We are pleased to announce our support of the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) with our grant. This grant is for computers and a new volunteer management system that will help museum managers and volunteers work more effectively. The grant will also improve accessibility for older adults by installing an ADA compliant electronic door for easier access to the museum. JANM has an annual visitation of 100,000 people of all ages, and the Museum welcomes over 6,000 seniors annually while, maintaining a corps of 185 volunteers.
The mission of Japanese American National Museum is to promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience.
The Museum relies on the older volunteers who have personal stories related to the WWII concentration camps to inform, empower and connect with the younger generations, which promotes the understanding and appreciation of the Japanese American experience while providing a voice and a forum that enables everyone the opportunity to explore their own heritage and culture. The volunteer program offers purpose and meaning to its older participants providing them with opportunities to stay socially engaged and active. By engaging the public and each other, sharing their stories and Japanese American history, and working with youth, our volunteer program provides older adults a sense of community, combating isolation and providing a more enriched life.
You can find out more about Japanese American National Museum and JANM’s Volunteer program by clicking here.