Celebrate J Day!

Eat. Play. Give. on August 1, 2016

Join the international exchange community in celebrating J Day on August 1, 2016!

J Day is a nationwide celebration of the power of international exchange. International exchange participants will come together with their American hosts to "eat, play, and give" -- to share cultural diversity and American customs, to give back to their communities, and to have some fun. J Day is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) and spread the word about the power and breadth of cultural exchange. 

J Day was piloted in the summer of 2014 by three Alliance members -- CCI Greenheart, CENET: Cultural Exchange Network, and Spirit Cultural Exchange.

Building upon last year's success, this year's J Day will be not only bigger in terms of J-1 participants involved, but also open to all sponsors in all J categories (Alliance members and non-members alike). To further spread the reach of J Day, Alliance partners, host employers, as well as local citizens and officials, are also encouraged to participate in J Day.

 

How does J Day work?
 
  • All J Day events in all locations will happen on Monday, August 1.
  • Each participating sponsor picks a location where it has a significant number of exchange participants. Sponsors are encouraged to collaborate on events and include Alliance partners, host employers, local citizens and officials, etc., where suitable.
  • Participating sponsors should have their events added to the CelebrateJDay Facebook page and use this page to post pictures from J Day celebrations.
  • Everyone participating in J Day should tweet about it (prior to, during, and after the event) using the hash tags #CelebrateJDay and #eatplaygive. A list of sample tweets is available here.
  • Everyone participating in J Day will use the same tag line: "Eat. Play. Give." 
  • Everyone participating in J Day will use the same J Day branding
  • Participating sponsors are responsible for ordering and purchasing J Day t-shirts for all participants joining their events.

To obtain J Day branding and t-shirt art and to add your event to the J Day Facebook page, email Oriana Piña at opina@alliance-exchange.org.

Where are J Day events happening?
 

Below is a list of J Day events happening across the U.S. on August 1. 

To add your organization's event(s) to the list, please email Oriana Piña at opina@alliance-exchange.org and make sure to include location, time, brief description, attendees (sponsor participants only or open to other participants), and a sponsor contact person.

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Branson, Missouri

  • Location: Moonshine Beach (3778 MO-165, Branson, MO 65616)
  • Time: Monday, August 1st, 4:30pm -7:30 pm 
  • Sponsor: Cultural Exchange Network (CENET) 
  • Contact person: Leslie Corn- leslie@culturalexchangenetwork.org 
  • ​Description: J-1 participants in the Branson area are invited to celebrate J-Day at Moonshine Beach on Table Rock Lake. Attendees will enjoy games, food, and swimming; in addition, a special Culture in the Community presentation will take place for local elementary students.
  • Attendees: Open to other sponsors' participants.

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts

  • Location: Hatches Harbor, meet at Province Lands Visitor’s Center, 171 Race Point Road, Provincetown MA
  • Time: Monday, August 1st, 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Sponsor: Intrax and CIEE
  • Contact person: Erica Harris- eharris@ciee.org; Janice Fox- jfox@intraxinc.com
  • Description: Intrax and CIEE invite all J-1 participants in the Outer Cape to take part in a trail and beach cleanup at Hatches Harbor. Following the cleanup free lunch will be provided! Please contact Erica and Janice to arrange transportation.
  • Attendees: Open to all sponsors' participants

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Center Moriches, New York

  • Location: Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, 2 Chet Swezey Rd, Center Moriches, NY 11934
  • Time: Saturday, July 30, 1:00pm- 4:00pm
  • Sponsor: Camp America & Au Pair in America
  • Contact person: Laura Angers- langers@aifs.com and Blair Steinberg- bsteinberg@aifs.com
  •  Description: Join AIFS' shoe drive for J-Day! AIFS is collecting gently used shoes (mainly for children) and donating them to HELP Suffolk and Community Action Southold Town (CAST), two organizations that provide assistant to the local low-income and homeless populations on Long Island. J-Day participants should bring at least one pair of gently used shoes with them to the event, where they will collect, sort, and box the shoes. Food and games will be provided afterwards.
  • Attendees: Open to all sponsors' participants

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Cordova, Alaska

  • Location: Cordova, AK 99574
  • Time: Monday, August 1st, 3:00pm-5:00pm
  • Sponsor: CCI Greenheart
  • Contact person: Haldis Toppen- htoppen@ccigreenheart.org
  • Description: Join us in a shoreline clean-up.
  • Attendees: Open to other sponsors' participants

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Corolla, North Carolina

  • Location: Corolla Adventure Park 810 Ocean Trail Corolla, NC 27927
  • Time: Monday, August 1st, 4:00pm- 5:00pm
  • Sponsor: Cultural Homestay International (CHI)
  • Contact Person: Wendie Mewszel– chiwendy@chinet.org
  • Description: J-1 participants in the Corolla area are invited to celebrate JDay at Corolla Adventure Park. Attendees will enjoy pizza and refreshments and plenty of games, go karts, bumper cars, and mini golf on site. Non-perishable food items will be donated to the Beach Food Pantry.
  • Attendees: CHI students

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Custer, South Dakota

  • Location: 13389 US Hwy 16A Custer, SD 57730 (Custer State Park)
  • Time: Monday, August 1st, 12:00pm- 6:00pm
  • Sponsor: CCI Greenheart
  • Contact person: Haldis Toppen- htoppen@ccigreenheart.org
  • Description: Participants will have a park-related volunteer event and a BBQ on property following the volunteering.
  • Attendees: Open to other sponsors' participants

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Fairfax, Virginia

  • Location: 9537 Helenwood Drive, Fairfax, VA 22032
  • Time: Monday, August 1st, 5:00am-10:00am
  • Sponsor: CCI Greenheart
  • Contact person: Haldis Toppen- htoppen@ccigreenheart.org
  • Description: Participants will compete in friendly water games and donate food items for the Capital Area Food Bank.
  • Attendees: Open to other sponsors' participants

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Galveston, Texas

  • Location: Galveston, TX.  Meet in the parking lot behind Gaido’s  Restaurant (3828 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550)
  • Time: Monday, August 1st, 1:30pm
  • Sponsor: AAG, CHI, CIEE
  • Contact person: Marianna Lemire- mlemire@allianceabroad.com or Kathy Mears- chikathleen@chinet.org
  • Description:  All J-1 participants in Galveston are invited to take part in park clean up.  Following clean up, free dinner and admission to Schlitterbahn Waterpark will be provided.  All participants are encouraged to bring canned goods to be donated to the local Food Bank.
  • Attendees:Open to  J-1 participants

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Golden Valley, Minnesota

  • Location: 6325 Sandburg Rd #1700, Golden Valley, MN 55427
  • Time: Thursday, July 21, 1:30pm-4:00pm
  • Sponsor: CCI Greenheart
  • Contact person: Haldis Toppen- htoppen@ccigreenheart.org
  • Description: Participants will volunteer at Second Harvest Heartland.
  • Attendees: CCI Greenheart participants only.

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Hanover, Maryland

  • Location: Hanover, MD
  • Time: Monday, August 1st, 9:30pm- TBD
  • Sponsor: Cultural Exchange Network CENET
  • Contact person: Leslie Corn- leslie@culturalexchangenetwork.org
  • Description: J-1 participants will gather to compete in the Aquasafe Olympics. Attendees will enjoy games, food, and swimming; in addition, attendees will make donations to the Special Olympics.
  • Attendees: Closed. This event is host company-specific and is only open to participants working at Aquasafe.

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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

  • Location: Paradise Fun Park 3300 N. Croatan Hwy Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
  • Time: Monday, August 1st, 10:00am– 12:00pm
  • Sponsor: Cultural Homestay International (CHI)
  • Contact Person: Wendie Mewszel– chiwendy@chinet.org
  •  Description: J-1 participants in the Kill Devil Hills area are invited to celebrate JDay at Paradise Fun Park. Attendees will enjoy pizza and refreshments and plenty of games, go karts, bumper cars, and mini golf on site. Non-perishable food items will be donated to the Beach Food Pantry.
  • Attendees: CHI participants.

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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

  • Location: Aviation Park 100 Veteran’s Dr. Kill Devil Hills, across from First Flight High School
  • Time: Monday, August 1, 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Sponsors: Outer Banks ISOP, CIEE and CICD
  • Description: All J-1 participants are invited to join us at Aviation Park for lawn games, a park cleanup, and free food donated by Pigman’s BBQ. Participants are encouraged to bring donations of canned goods that will be collected for needy children on Hatteras Island.
  • Attendees: Open to all sponsors’ participants

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Laguna Niguel, California

  • Location: Laguna Niguel Regional Park in Laguna Niguel, CA
  • Time: Saturday, July 30, 11:00am- 2:00pm
  • Sponsor: Au Pair in America
  • Contact person: Blair Steinberg- bsteinberg@aifs.com
  • Description: Au pair will be hosting a picnic and shoe drive at the Laguna Niguel Regional Park in Laguna Niguel. Shoes will be collected by host families and au pairs and donated to the local Goodwill.
  • Attendees: This event is open to everyone.

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Little River, South Carolina

  • Location: 150 Citizens Circle, little River SC 29566
  • Time: Monday, July 25, 8:00am – 12:00 pm
  • Sponsor: CCI Greenheart
  • Contact person: Haldis Toppen- htoppen@ccigreenheart.org
  • Description: CCI Greenheart invites participants to a Lake clean up at new park in North Myrtle Beach, as a part of Our Oceans. Participants must register by Friday, July 22.
  • Attendees: This event is open to everyone.

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Marco Island, Florida

  • Location: Marco Beach Ocean Resort, Marco Island, Florida
  • Time: Monday, August 1st, 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Sponsor: AHA
  • Contact Person: Avery Benza- avery@americanhospitalityacademy.com, (239) 784-6317
  • Description: Olympic themed beach day with traditional field games and an American BBQ.
  • Attendees: All Marco Beach Ocean Resort J1 Participants

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

  • Location: Family Kingdom Amusement Park, 300 South Ocean Blvd. Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
  • Time: Monday, August 1st, 4:00pm- 6:00pm
  • Sponsor: CCUSA & CIEE
  • Contact person: Tammy Sullivan- tammyw@ccusa.com or Julie Ellis Behnke- jellis@ciee.org
  • Description: Food drive for Seacoast Vineyard Church(All Nations Cafe'), the participants will ride rides, eat, and have the opportunity to win prizes.
  • Attendees: open max. 250 participants

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New York, New York

  • Location: Riverside Park, New York, NY
  • Time: Saturday, July 30th, 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Sponsor: Cultural Vistas
  • Contact person: Coco Lei Li- cli@culturalvistas.org   
  • Description: Volunteers will engage in a coastal clean-up project, making the historic Riverside Park coastline cleaner, safer, and more beautiful.
  • Attendees: Sponsor participants only

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New York, NY

  • Location: Unitarian Church of All Souls, 1157 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10075
  • Time: Monday, August 1st, 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • SponsorInterExchange
  • Contact person: Tanya Burovtseva- tburovtseva@interexchange.org
  • Description: InterExchange invites J1 Visa Exchange Program participants in NYC to join other New Yorkers for an evening of volunteering at the Monday Night Hospitality meals service. Participants will join other volunteers and will provide a restaurant style dinner service to those in need and offer kitchen help (Monday Night Hospitality serves 275 to 300 meals!). Everyone will meet new people, network, have fun and enjoy a free pizza dinner after! 
  • Attendees: Open to all J-1 Visa Exchange Program participants. The number of spots is limited. Event details and RSVP here.

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Ocean City, Maryland

  • Location: Northside Park Ocean City, MD
  • Time: Date: Monday, August 1st, 11:00am- 3:00pm
  • Sponsor: United Work and Travel
  • Contact person: Lauren Startt- lstartt@unitedworkandtravel.com 
  • Description: United Work and Travel is inviting all  Ocean City students to join us for J Day. They will be supporting a local Ocean City homeless shelter by packing bagged lunches and making cards of encouragement and kindness. All of these bagged lunches will be donated to the shelter at the end of the event. United Work and Travel expects 20-30 students will participate but hope more students will join! They will also have lunch for each participant and expect to play a game of Soccer or Softball with all of the participants after lunch.
  • Attendees: This event is open to all participants

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Okoboji, Iowa

  • Location: Pikes Point State Park in Okoboji at the picnic shelter
  • Time: Monay, August 1st, 11:00am-2:00pm
  • Sponsor: Spirit Cultural Exchange 
  • Contact person: Tina Frank - Tfrank@spiritexchange.com  
  • Description: Spirit will be hosting a day of food and games at the beach. The event will be Olympics Themed since J Day is only a few days before the Rio Opening Ceremonies. They will have Olympic themed games and prizes. All participants should come ready to represent their country at the Olympics! This event is free to participants and food will be provided. All participants should bring a canned food for donation as their entry fee. More details to come!
  • Attendees: Open to all J-1 participants

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Orlando, Florida

  • Location: Integra Cove Apartment Complex in Orlando, Florida
  • Date: Monday, August 1st, 11:30am- 4:00pm
  • Sponsor: Intrax
  • Contact Person: Katie Heath- kheath@intraxinc.com
  • Description: J1 participants working at SeaWorld will gather together for a Pizza Party at the SeaWorld Employee Housing at the Integra Cove Common Room.  We’ve combined  our J-Day activities with National “Back the Blue” Day and participants will have the opportunity to decorate gift bags and then stuff them with candy and notes of appreciation for our Police Officers. The group will then visit the local Orlando Police Department, and meet with Police in the field, handing out the “goody” bags and thanking our Police officers for all they do!
  • Attendees: Closed event.  This event is Host-Company specific and is only open to participants of SeaWorld Orlando. Participants of all Sponsors, at SeaWorld, are welcome to attend.

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Rapid City, South Dakota

  • Location: Rapid City local food pantry, Main Street Square, and Mayor's Office .
  • Date: Thursday, July 28th 2:00-5:00pm and Friday July 29th
  • Sponsor: ICCE, Inc.
  • Contact Person: Samantha Dille- sdille@icceusa.com
  • Description: On Thursday afternoon, participants will volunteer at the local food pantry followed by a networking meet-up with food and games at the outdoor concert at Main Street Square. On Friday morning, we will be visiting the Rapid City mayor's office for a mock city council meeting and Q&A with the mayor. This will be followed with a picnic lunch in the park and a tour of the Journey Museum and Learning Center including attendance at the Wade Patton Exhibit "Re-Vision" Opening Reception.
  • Attendees: Open to all Sponsors’ participants.

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

  • Location: Meeting place to be determined. All registered participants will receive detailed meeting point instructions on Friday, July 29th.
  • Date: Monday, August 1st, 11:30am- 4:00pm
  • Sponsor: Intrax
  • Contact Person: Jenn Yildiz- jyildiz@intraxinc.com
  • Description: J1 participants, and local community members, will gather together for a Pizza Party and lunch with the Rehoboth Beach, DE Mayor. Participants will have an opportunity to learn how the local government operates while sharing fellowship and food. The group  with then head over to Seaside Pointe Assisted Living Community to join the residents in an afternoon of fun activities such as playing Jingo, assisting residents with Arts & Craft Projects, visiting with residents in the facility and several other fun activities giving them an opportunity to interact with our American Senior Citizen Community.
  • Attendees: Open to all Sponsors’ participants. Spaces are limited and attendees are asked to pre-register by Friday, July 29th. To register for the event please email: jyildiz@intraxinc.com

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San Diego, California

  • Location: Kate Sessions Park in San Diego, CA
  • Time: Sunday July 31, 12:00pm- TBD
  • Sponsor: Au Pair in America
  • Contact person: Blair Steinberg- bsteinberg@aifs.com
  • Description: Au pair will be hosting a picnic and shoe drive at the Kate Sessions Park. Shoes will be collected by host families and au pairs and donated to the local Goodwill.
  • Attendees: This event is open to everyone.

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San Francisco, California

  • Location: Great Meadow - Fort Mason in San Francisco, CA 94109
  • Time: Mondat August 1st, 4:00pm- 7:00pm
  • Sponsor: Cultural Homestay International (CHI)
  • Contact Person: Kelly Asmus– chikellya@chinet.org
  • Description: J-1 participants in the San Francisco Bay Area are invited to celebrate JDay at Fort Mason’s Great Meadow. Attendees will bring non-perishable food items to donate to the local food banks and enjoy a variety of games and activities as well as provided food and drink. We will also have informational sessions on local volunteer opportunities and speakers from the surrounding community.
  • Attendees: Open to all!

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Seattle, Washington

  • Location: Lincoln Park in Seattle, WA
  • Time: Sunday, July 31, 1:30pm- 4:00pm
  • Sponsor: Au Pair in America
  • Contact person: Blair Steinberg- bsteinberg@aifs.com
  • Description: Au pair will be hosting a shoe dirve in celebration of J Day. Shoes will be collected on this day by au pairs and host families and donated to the local Goodwill. More details to come!
  • Attendees: This event is open to everyone.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia

  • Location: Virginia Beach Community Chapel, 1261 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
  • Time: Monday, August 1st, 5:15pm-8:30pm
  • Sponsor: InterExchange
  • Contact person: Tanya Burovtseva- tburovtseva@interexchange.org
  • Description: InterExchange has partnered with Stop Hunger Now to offer all J-1 Visa participants and friends a hands-on opportunity to change lives! Participants will learn about global hunger, learn leadership skills and creative problem solving. The group will package nutrient-rich meals for undernourished people globally, will enjoy a free dinner and games.
  • Attendees: open to all J-1 Visa Exchange Program participants. Event details and RSVP here.

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Washington, D.C.

  • Location: Bread for the City, NW Center. Washington, DC
  • Time: Sunday, July 24th, 2:00pm-4:00pm
  • Sponsor: Cultural Vistas, International Arts and Artists, American Immigration Council, Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce and CFGI
  • Contact person: Coco Lei Li- cli@culturalvistas.org
  • Description: Join D.C. area participants in sorting produce at a local food bank, followed by a picnic for all volunteers.
  • Attendees: open to sponsor participants

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Wildwood, NJ

  • Location: Fox Park, Wildwood, NJ
  • Time: 5:30-8:30pm on Tuesday, August 2
  • SponsorCIEE, Morey's Piers employees
  • Contact person: Ivy Gregory - ivy.gregory@moreyspiers.com
  • Description: Celebrate the J-Day by being part of the local community, meeting new people and having fun doing it! Volunteers will operate 2-3 portable  games and play with local children. You will meet lots of new people and work alongside U.S. policemen, firemen and other community leaders during this fun event!
  • Attendees: open to all sponsors' participants