Agency’s experience and accomplishments:
The Foundation seeks to teach the young generation the value of compassion and the power of the grassroots efforts. Projects are conceived, planned, and executed by students. Through their own successes and failures, the students acquire the valuable skills they will need as the leaders of the next generation.
Since 2010, the youth members of Hope Foundation have produced very meaningful and tangible results that they can be proud of. To date, their voluntary service has received recognition at the national level through over 500 Barack Obama Presidential Volunteer Service Awards. In 2013 and 2014 our youth leaders were recognized for their community volunteer efforts with Ed Royce Congressional Awards.
North Korean Adoption Act of 2010 – 2012 (H.R. Bill 1464)
From 2010 to 2012 our members organized groups of some three hundred students to write thousands of letters to their state and district legislatures asking them to pass the House Resolution Bill to allow American adoption of North Korean orphans. Our members organized petition signing events to collect over 30,000 petition signatures in front of markets, in shopping malls, and in local churches. They also made public presentations in front of audiences to let them know why this bill was important. All their efforts proved fruitful when the bill was passed in 2012. For most of our youth members, this was the first time they had ever spoken in public to influence adults, not to mention taking on a project that effected a real change in the society.
Manzanita tree designs and other fundraiser events (2011-current)
Our members hand-designed manzanita ornamental trees and fashion jewelry to raise funds to help Han-Schneider International Children’s Foundation send meal packs and soybeans to North Korean orphans. The 130 student volunteers spent a total of 6,500 man-hours to decorate 150 trees according to their own artistic whim. These unique, handcrafted art pieces were sold at auctions. Our fundraisers also include annual book drives, garage sales, bake sales, and monthly recycling drives. Our student efforts have raised a total of 16,000 dollars to date.
Children’s socks and underwear for low-income families (2013-current)
We used part of our raised funds ($2000) to purchase children’s socks and underwear to give out to low-income families. In 2015 summer, we plan to send some of the inventory to Sister Gemma Pak’s mission in Mexico (See Project Mexico).
Hand poured candle manufacturing (2013-current)
Our members are raising funds to send six Motel resident children to a one-day trip to Disneyland in June 2015. Members have been raising money through recycling drives, garage sales, and sales of hand-poured votive candles. The Boys and Girls Club of Anaheim has been an enthusiastic partner in promoting the project and identifying the needy youngsters. On June 7, 2015, Hope Club student leaders selected 6 recipients based on the criteria that they come from a low income family, that he has never been to Disneyland, and that this vacation may significantly bolster their happiness. For the Disney trip there will be 6 recipients, 6 chaperones, and one adult supervisor. This trip is estimated to cost $1700~$1900 (6 tickets + meals + 6 souvenir allowance + 7 chaperone tickets). Our members have already met this goal and are continuing their fundraising efforts to send 10 more children to Disneyland in 2016. In the last four months, our members have raised over $3000 in candle sales alone.
Annual Award Events (2010-current)
Over 500 of our student volunteers have received the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards for their volunteerism. In 2013 and 2014 our Student Cabinet leaders were recognized by Congressman Ed Royce for their excellence in leadership.
Annual Talent Show Event (2010-current)
The Talent Show is held annually to celebrate our accomplishments for the year and to present each club’s annual plan for the new term. It also serves as a fundraiser opportunity by means of paid admissions.