At KAFSC, we believe that community engagement plays a critical role in the work to restore families and build healthy communities. We believe that members of the community can be empowered to change the attitudes of the community through their personal relationships and network. We seek to engage and mobilize compassionate and committed individuals that share our mission to create a violence free society.
Our education and outreach consist of community workshops, speaking at local events, appearing on radio and TV, and regular articles in the Korean press. We visit schools, churches, hospitals, police stations, and other nonprofit and civic organizations. Subjects cover a broad range including parenting skills, communication skills, education, dating relationships, anger management, conflict resolution, sexuality, family dynamics, and other topical issues, as well as information on our programs and services. All our workshops are free and open to the public.
Join our team of KAFSC Volunteers! Volunteers are the very driving force of KAFSC and are an integral part of our organization. Volunteers positively forward our mission to build healthy relationships, families, and communities and we truly value the time and contribution give to our Center. Whatever skills you bring to the table, we can find a place for you.
Volunteer Orientation Basic Training: All volunteers must attend Volunteer Orientation Training. This session is also open to anyone interested in learning more about KAFSC and what we’re doing in the community. Volunteer Orientations are scheduled throughout the year.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award: KAFSC is a certified organization in The President’s Volunteer Service Award program, which recognizes the contributions made to communities by volunteers. Through this program, KAFSC can recognize and honor the service of our volunteers. Individuals who meet the program’s criteria can receive Presidential recognition for volunteer hours . KAFSC’s award period runs from October to September the following year.
Volunteer Appreciation Party: KAFSC hosts an annual holiday party to thank and honor our volunteer’s commitment and service throughout the year. This event is also used to award the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, Volunteer of the Year Award, and Community Service Award. The Volunteer of the Year award is given to one volunteer who stood out in their service to KAFSC and went above and beyond during the award period. The Community Service Award is given to faith based organizations or community members who supported KAFSC’s mission through unique and impactful ways.
Quarterly Newsletter, WeConnect: WeConnect is a quarterly newsletter distributed to all KAFSC volunteers and highlights all the work volunteers are doing within the organization in all the various programs and service areas. The newsletter is also to connect volunteers to each other by sharing the great work they are doing with those in other volunteer opportunities. The newsletter goes out every Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
24-Hour Hotline Dispatcher: Trained volunteers serve as supportive counselors for the hotline after the successful completion of our 5-week training program. Korean fluency is required. With back up support from counseling staff, volunteers answer KAFSC’s 24 hour crisis intervention hotline in the evening hours and on weekends and holidays.
Self-Sufficiency Program – Volunteers teach classes in the Self-Sufficiency Program (ESOL, Computer, Quickbooks) as well as assist students with job readiness skills (resume writing, cover letter, interview skills). They also help students in one-on-one tutoring sessions.
Hodori After-School Program – Volunteers support staff in the after-school program for children from children age 5 to 13 from low-income immigrant families in the community.
Legal Clinics – We are always looking for pro bono lawyers willing to provide free, monthly consultation for our clients.
Advocacy & Accompaniment – Bilingual volunteers accompany clients to court to obtain Orders of Protection, child support, child custody, etc. In addition to providing interpretation services, volunteers actively advocate for the rights of our clients.
“Unni-Hyung “Mentoring Program – KAFSC provides a community based one-on-one mentoring program to young Korean-Americans high school students. Mentors are young professionals or graduate students, over 21 years old, who can be a positive role-model for our youth and who can assist youth in developing communication, social and leadership skills as well as their future/career interests. We will interview potential mentors that match our youth clients’ needs, such as common interests, background, and future goals. After careful screening, we will match a mentor with a youth client.
We also have many more skill based opportunities available. Please see our volunteer application for more information.
KAFSC hosts and participates in many rallies, bazaars, fairs, and parades throughout the year. We always need volunteers to come march, sell goods, distribute flyers and engage with the community. We’re also committed to raising awareness and educating the community on issues surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault to continue to work towards a violence free society. We host workshops and trainings around many topics for many different audiences.
Events and workshops are conducted throughout the year and opportunities to join are communicated through our Facebook page as well as through e-blasts. If you would like to sign up to get information about our outreach events or request a training/workshop please email email@example.com.
Outreach and Education Opportunities
- Annual Silent March Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
- Community Fairs, Parades, Bazaars
- Faith-based Community Engagement Campaign
- School Partnerships
- Parenting Education
- Youth Advocacy & Awareness
- Cultural Competency
- Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault 101
- Safety Planning
- Financial Literacy
- And much more
Your support provides direct intervention into the lives of children, youth and adults fighting complex layers of domestic violence and sexual assault. Your gift provides support to our organization’s critical services. Freedom is a gift you can give. Donate here.
The KAFSC Annual Benefit Gala brings together the friends and family who serve as the backbone of our organization. The event celebrates KAFSC’s mission and vision to raise hope and transform the lives of 2,500 individuals and families in the Tri-State area per year, on average. Every year we hold an annual gala that brings in 30% of our annual operating budget of $1.2 million – our biggest fundraising effort.