Woori Center leads year-round civic engagement efforts to empower Korean and Asian Americans across the state of Pennsylvania. Woori Center has joined local and statewide coalitions and carries out its civic engagement activities as a coordinated effort within the broader context of AAPI communities and communities of color in Pennsylvania.
2022 Civic Engagement
This year, Woori Center has focused on outreaching to our community for the Pennsylvania Primary Election held on May 17, 2022 and the General Election, which will be held on November 8, 2022. Pennsylvania voters will decide the outcomes of the Pennsylvania seat for the U.S. Senate and House, the PA Governor, the PA State Senate, and the PA State House.
Korean and Asian American voices are as important in local and municipal elections as these elected officials have the potential to make a direct impact on our community life. Below are some important facts about our community:
By 2040, one in every ten Americans will be AAPI.
AAPIs are one of the fastest growing electorates with the number of voters doubling to almost 12 million by 2040.
Overall, the civic participation of the AAPI community in Pennsylvania is increasing; between 2004 and 2012, the number of Asian Americans who voted in Pennsylvania increased 35%.
Woori Center and our volunteers will be registering new voters, door knocking, phonebanking, textbanking, tabling at groceries, markets, and other centers where the community gathers, creating and distributing in-language material about the election, and recruiting and training volunteers. We aim to educate voters about the election, their rights as voters, and the issues we are working on, and to vote. Woori Center also provide Korean-language assistance for new voters and at the polls.
2021 Civic Engagement
Last year, voters in Pennsylvania decide the outcomes of the PA Justice of the Supreme Court, the PA Judge of the Superior Court, the PA Judge of the Commonwealth Court, the PA Judge of the Common Pleas Court, and municipal elections. Korean and Asian American voices are as important in local, judicial, and municipal elections as these elected officials have the potential to make a direct impact on our community life.
To increase Korean and Asian American voter turnout in 2021, Woori Center continues to lead the KACP’s civic engagement activities. Along with our volunteers and the KACP coalition, Woori Center aims to continue efforts of voter education, engagement and protection for both the primary and general elections. Woori Center plans to register first-time voters, canvass neighborhoods in Greater Philadelphia, and lead multiple rounds of phone-banking and text-banking.
In addition, Woori Center recognizes the importance of providing in-language voter education guides and in-language resources on Korean ethnic media and social media platforms. To provide immediate assistance to our community members, Woori Center and KACP will continue its One-Stop Help Desk for the duration of the election cycle.
We cannot do this work without the support of numerous volunteers. If you would like to join our efforts, please volunteer with us.
In 2019, Woori Center formed the Korean Americans for Civic Participation (KACP), and has been leading the coalition to address the barriers limiting Korean American civic engagement by providing in-language education and assistance. The coalition consists of four Korean American organizations: Woori Center, the Korean American Association of Greater Philadelphia (KAAGP), the Korean Women’s Center (KWC), and the Korean Community Development Services Center (KCDSC).
With Asian Americans being the fastest growing racial demographic in Pennsylvania and the United States, our communities exercised our huge potential by showing up to vote in RECORD numbers.
Woori Center, along with our volunteers and the KACP coalition, led multiple rounds of phone banking and text banking, mailed and hand-distributed election guides, and provided direct assistance at our One Stop Help Desk to help voters register to vote and develop mail-in or in-person voting plans.
In collaboration with NAKASEC, Woori Center conducted a survey asking Korean American and young Asian American voters in Pennsylvania on their support for #CitizenshipForAll and #HealthcareForAll campaigns. 73% of the Korean American respondents and 93% of the young Asian American respondents supported #CitizenshipForAll, and 67% of the Korean American and 82% of the young Asian American respondents supported #HealthcareForAll.
Check out some of our highlights below:
- We made 189,468 attempted phone calls (that is almost 10% of all phone calls made by 501c3 organizations in Pennsylvania) and had 7,898 conversations with voters!
- We spoke with 5,837 unique voters!
- We sent 75,960 text messages!
- We recruited 210 volunteers!
- We registered 107 voters!
- We distributed more than 8,000 copies of election materials, including 5,000 election guides, 2,500 brochures, and 400 voter’s rights cards, and sent out over 30,000 mailers.
- We published four articles and four op-eds, reaching 23 hits in total!
The results of the United States Census allocates educational, health, and governmental resources to our communities. However, one in five Asian Americans live in hard-to-count census locales, putting our communities at risk of being missed, including our members with limited English proficiency and/or are low-income. To address these difficulties, Woori Center participated in phonebanks, led textbanking efforts, sent out mailers, and published pieces in Ethnic Media outlets!
Please read below for some highlights:
- We made 23,224 attempted phone calls and contacted 1,340 community members!
- We sent 1,821 text messages and contacted 307 community members!
- In May, we sent out our first mailer to 528 Korean American households!
- In September, we sent out our second mailer to 3,447 Korean American households statewide!
- We published six articles on Ethnic Media outlets, reaching 28 hits in total!