The J1 Alumni, in cooperation with ZIP Travel Philippines, formed a foundation in 2013 called “J1-Connecting Alumni through Reliable and Efficient Service to the Community Foundation" (J1 CARES). J1 CARES aims to give back and share
blessings with other people through annual charity programs and activities.
On June 29, 2018, J1 Cares, in cooperation with the Alliance of Cultural Exchange Providers in the Philippines, held its annual outreach program called "A Bag of Hope Project.”
A Bag of Hope Project aims to give school supplies to underprivileged students of the Aeta community of Sitio Haduan and Marcos VIllage in Mabalacat, Pampanga.
J1 has collected more than 300 sets of bags with notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, and paper. The donations came from J1 Alumni, Visa Sponsors, and Host Organizations. On the day of the outreach program, J1 Alumni and ZIP Travel spent
a day with the children and gave them the sets of bags.
The smile on the faces of the children was more than enough to prove that "every act of kindness, no matter how small, can make a big difference in the world."
December 2014 | St. Ezekiel Moreno Hall
December 2015 | Hospicio De San Jose Elderly Home
August 2016 | Virlanie Children’s Home
December 2017 | Streets of Manila
February 2018 | Dapitan Sports Complex