Stay Safe in June: National Safety Month

June 8, 2019

Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. According to Injury Facts, 161,374 people died from unintentional injury-related deaths in 2016. Safety is a major concern of most families and their family members especially when older adults … Read More »

Conductor of Care and Choral

June 7, 2019

By Kerri O’Farrell, Communications Manager ( For more than six years, Bob Kim has worked for the Korean Women’s Association in our Federal Way office as an In-Home Care Supervisor. Bob’s position was originally offered to his wife who thought he might be a better fit. Bob says his wife was right, “I have always … Read More »

Bringing Culture to the Forefront of Community

June 5, 2019

In early April, Portland-based freelance writer Samantha Bakall reached out to KWA looking to connect with someone who could provide information about and context to Koreatown in Lakewood.  Bakall was intent on writing an article about the current Korean food scene in the area for – a food and dining network of websites featuring … Read More »

Thank You City of Tacoma

May 31, 2019

Every year the month of May is acknowledged as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.  This commemorative designation started out as a week in 1977 but was expanded to the entire month of May by Congress in 1990. Here at KWA, we regularly pay homage … Read More »

KWA Hires New Chief Executive Officer: Peter Ansara

March 5, 2019

Korean Women’s Association (KWA) Board of Trustees announced in late February Peter Ansara has been named to lead the agency as newly appointed Chief Executive Officer. “Peter Ansara is a well-respected executive in the community with a proven track record with KWA, guiding the agency during its toughest times. I have no doubt Peter will … Read More »


January 9, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE $15/Hour Minimum Wage coming in 2019 for Korean Women’s Association Employees – More Than 1200 Employees Will Receive Bigger Paychecks in January TACOMA, WA – December 17, 2018 – Korean Women’s Association (KWA) announces a bold move to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour for all KWA employees across Western … Read More »

History Repeats at KWA

August 14, 2018

Late in July, the greater Tacoma community descended upon Wright Park for the annual Ethnic Fest – the largest culture and community celebration in Tacoma. KWA was there, and not for the first time. Recently surfacing in our artifacts, a photo featured in the newspaper in 1990 of KWA’s presence at the Ethnic Fest that … Read More »

Taste of Korea: Nourishing Community Unity

June 5, 2018

In celebration of Korea’s cultural and culinary traditions, the Consulate of the Republic of Korean in Seattle once again sponsored what has become a yearly tradition, Taste of Korea.  Hosted by the Korean Women’s Association (KWA) Board of Trustees, the 4th annual event took place on Saturday, May 19 at the Star Center in Tacoma. … Read More »

KWA Receives $100,000 Grant from Susan G. Komen Puget Sound

May 25, 2018

Susan G. Komen Puget Sound awarded $600,000 in new grants to six nonprofits working to end disparities in access to breast cancer screenings and breast health care.  One of those recipients was KWA which received $100,000.  The grant was accepted by KWA Executive Director Troy Christensen on behalf of Korean Women’s Association at the Komen annual … Read More »

2018 International Women’s Day: KWA Founders

March 6, 2018

Justice. Dignity. Hope. Equality. Collaboration. Tenacity. Appreciation. Respect. Empathy. Forgiveness. These are the values that define the mission behind International Women’s Day.  On March 8, Korean Women’s Association joins tens of thousands of others in countries around the world who celebrate the acts of courage and determination of everyday women. View our video from our … Read More »