Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Woori Juntos has been working to provide relief and resources to those affected by COVID-19. We have organized vaccine drives, distributed cash assistance to low-income and immigrant families, provided masks to community members, and implemented safety precautions in all of our outreach to the community.
Achievements: Woori Juntos worked with the Chinese Community Center and Memorial Assistance Ministries to distribute between $500 to $850 in cash assistance to 70 families in the Houston area, about 20% of whom were undocumented. Woori Juntos also organized volunteers to make and distribute masks to community members.
In 2021, Woori Juntos partnered with the Spring Branch Community Health Center to organize vaccine drives, so that our seniors could get vaccinated. We helped more than 200 Korean seniors get vaccinated in our early drives, and by the second half of the year, assisted a total of 300 community members.
In Fall 2021, we are assisting senior citizens receive booster shots. We will make announcements in three Korean newspapers in Houston, and use KakaoTalk to connect with community leaders such as church pastors, to announce this information.
Finally, much of Woori Juntos’ Covid-19 relief work has been carried out through our existing programs. Examples of this include reducing the numbers of people at the polls on election day by organizing early voting days and reaching out to community members facing isolation to both ensure they were counted by the census and inform them that they counted.
Since last year, Woori Juntos has provided scholarships for recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. For more information about how to apply for the DACA Scholarship, please contact us at email@example.com.
Woori Juntos believes that everyone must be counted for the Census.
Achievements: In 2020, Woori Juntos secured a grant to conduct outreach and provide education around the Census. We leveraged existing relationships with church communities to engage the Korean community on the Census. Though the work was slowed due to restrictions on gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, Woori Juntos employed creative ways to engage with the community and conducted one-on-one outreach.