Skip to main content

Korean Americans Respond to President Obama’s Call to Service

By July 6, 2009No Comments

For Immediate Release
June 22, 2009

EunSook Lee, NAKASEC, 323-937-3703
Becky Belcore, KRCC, 773-588-9158
Dae Joong Yoon, KRC, 323-937-3718

Korean Americans Respond to President Obama’s Call to Service

(Los Angeles, CA) In recognition of President Obama’s nationwide service initiative called “United We Serve,” NAKASEC and its affiliates, the Korean American Resource and Cultural Center in Chicago and the Korean Resource Center in Los Angeles announce their participation.

“We applaud the President’s vision for a society that is driven by the common value of service and community empowerment and will be working with the White House to promote the civic engagement of Korean Americans throughout the country. Service does not have to be complicated nor complex. It is the simple act of sharing the resources we have, particularly during these difficult economic times,” said EunSook Lee, executive director of NAKASEC.

“President Obama’s service initiative begins on June 22 and for 12 weeks will allow community members to become involved in service events with our organization. From foreclosure prevention fair to free community health clinics, we encourage our community members to make an ongoing commitment to service, starting this summer,” said Becky Belcore, executive director of KRCC.

“Serving the community (combined with education, culture and advocacy) has been an integral part of the way our organizations seek to organize and engage our community members. It is part of our own belief that America is stronger when we all come together and contribute our best. It is also an opportunity for developing new leadership and a renewed sense of social responsibility,” said Dae Joong Yoon, executive director of KRC.

We encourage all those who have an interest in giving back while learning about the issues that impact the Korean American and immigrant communities to get involved. To find out more about volunteer opportunities please contact the following:

Organization: Korean Resource Center
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Contact: Dae Joong Yoon, 323-937-3718,

Organization: Korean American Resource and Cultural Center
Location: Chicago, IL
Contact: Becky Belcore, 773-588-9158,

Media Interviews

Upon request, interviews are available with Korean American community members participating in this summer’s United We Serve project. To schedule a media interview, please contact HyunJoo Lee at 323-937-2703 x 202.
For more information, please visit To find service events in other cities, please visit


The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) was founded in 1994 by local community centers to project a national progressive voice and promote the full participation of Korean Americans as a part of a greater goal of building a national movement for social change. NAKASEC maintains its national office in Los Angeles and an office in Washington, D.C. NAKASEC also has affiliates in Los Angeles (The Korean Resource Center) and Chicago (The Korean American Resource & Cultural Center).