As time went on, the group had its first fundraiser – selling favorite Korean foods to other immigrants living at Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base.
As their numbers grew and they were able to raise more funds, the Korean women started providing more support to immigrants. These services included providing transportation and translation services, as well as support to the women in domestic violence situations.
Known for their unique ability in helping those whose dreams were thwarted by language and cultural barriers, word of KWA’s cross-cultural compassion spread quickly. The organization grew exponentially through the 70s, officially calling itself the Korean Women’s Association (KWA). KWA received its non-profit status and first grant from Washington State in 1979. The following year, services were expanded to include Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants and refugees.