On February 12th Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo County hosted a meeting with non-profit leaders from South Korea. The Asan Frontier Academy funded their trip to the United States to meet US non-profit executives and discuss volunteer recruitment and management, and promoting volunteerism in South Korea through the development of family volunteering programs. Volunteer rates are significantly lower and not increasing in South Korea, and the leaders were very interested in learning about the volunteer situation is for non-profits in San Luis Obispo County
Julia Ogden, Chief Executive Officer for Habitat for Humanity for SLO County, and Rick London, Chief Executive Officer for United Way of San Luis Obispo, met with the six South Korean leaders and talked about their first-hand experience on how non-profits operate in the US and volunteerism in San Luis Obispo County. The dialogue was very exciting and enlightening, and focused on how volunteerism is an important part of a community, and focused on how to engage and keep volunteers. Trust, integrity, and appreciation were major themes on working with volunteers, and much was explored and learned by all the participants! Habitat for Humanity was honored to have hosted the discussion and wishes our friends from South Korea all the best as they increase their good work to help those in need!