Numerous volunteers came to the disaster-stricken areas from all over Japan to support the victims both physically and spiritually through various activities. Volunteers who came to the stricken-areas in person are said to be 20,000 persons per day on average during the first month. This number increases when the volunteers in the logistics were included.

The importance of volunteer activities became to be widely recognized, so the year of 1995 is also said to be "the first year of the volunteer movement" in Japan.