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"One Dollar for Neighbors" Campaign
From JoongAng
Dec 2, 2002

By Lee JoonWhan

To support and promote social services in the Korean community, the "One Dollar for Neighbors" campaign is now being widely publicized.

This "One-dollar for Neighbors" campaign was initiated by the Korean Consulate General in last April. In the program, each individual saves a dollar a day, 30 dollars a month and donates the funds to Korean community service groups such as Korean language schools, youth and family counseling centers, and centers for the elderly or disabled. Sponsors can choose where to contribute their funds. The purpose is to enhance service communities’ financial independence and help them to get federal support or state funding by helping them to provide substantial programs.

Cho WonIl, the head of the campaign, said, "This campaign is initiated in order to develop a pattern of helping members of our Korean community and to help Korean-Americans gain more visibility in the American mainstream." He added, "Contributing one dollar a day may seem inconsequential, but if you look at the grander scheme of things, one dollar a day can be monumental. If 10,000 people contribute, it will turn into $10,000 a day." And "It will give more strength to our community services which are trying to provide better community activities and also it will contribute to form strong ties among Koreans."

So far, there are a hundred members in the "One-Dollar for Neighbors" campaign. They include second generation immigrants and other ethnic group association members. They had a meeting on December 4th at the office of the General Consulate of the Republic of Korea, and initiated the Korean American Coalition for Full Participation, which makes major decisions concerning managing membership and administering funding.

The coalition will consist of ten Korean immigrants, five from the first generation and five from the one-half and second generations. It will take charge of public relations to gather around 1,000 sponsors and members, initiate regulations and appoint a director to be registered as a non-profit organization in New York State.

Translated from Korean by JooYeon Lee

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