■Support of operating expenses for local government institutions and substantial support of low-income groups by development of private resources
The Hope Care Center finances are composed partly of local government welfare budget, private financial resources of profit-making/nonprofit groups, and various donations and support payments. The costs expended through the Namyangju City budget include personal expenses of regional workers (a total of 44 including center heads, social workers, and nurses) who engage in commissioned institutions, hope care project costs, and operating expenses. Substantial business for low-income groups is implemented by using civil support payments and private resources. Costs of regional Hope Care Center offices have been saved by remodeling worn-out, disused public offices or using part of current public office buildings.
Subsidies for regional Hope Care Centers supported by the Namyangju City budget were approximately 1,140 million won on annual average from 2007 to 2011. However, the support payments collected during the same period were 1,110 million won. The support payments amount to about 98% of the subsidies. This exceeds by three times the rate (32%) of support payments of average subsidies for community welfare centers in Korea. It has been found that the Hope Care Center has improved project efficiency though the invigoration of sharing. Support payments include a regular contribution which participates in a ‘One Person One Account (5,000won) Campaign for Hope Sharing’ and an irregular contribution like temporary donations. Approximately 6,800 million won has been collected at present from the initial foundation in 2007.
We receive about 500 million won in annual support goods as wells as support payments and provide them to the poor, including a supply of about 180,000 services yearly, directly or through volunteers. The city government offers substantial support for the poor by subsidizing the minimum operating expenses for the Hope Care Center and disseminating a sharing culture within society. The Korea Act stipulates that part of the support payments can be used for operating expenses in institutions which receive support payments. The Hope Care Center nevertheless specifies that total operating expenses for the center is appropriated by the city’s subsidies and the full amount supported by citizens is used only to help neglected groups in such areas as living expenses, medical expenses, educational expenses, and house repair expenses, thereby ensuring greater reliability.
Approximately 180 million won was collected through an online fund-raising campaign where netizens donate money points acquired on the Internet. Various support methods through which all citizens, including adolescents and young adults, can participate in fund-raising are provided.
To complete the citizen participatory social welfare system for citizens to help benefit each other, about 799 businesses including restaurants, private learning institutions, beauty salons, and movie theaters in the region are developing a sharing relay campaign through Support Houses. This is a campaign whereby participants give their talent to the poor: Restaurants provide elderly singles with free food once a month, private learning institutions provide free education for one poor student for whom they responsible, and beauty salons provide beauty service once a month.
A corporate voluntary service center was established and activated along with the establishment of the Hope Care Center. Citizens can voluntarily participate in financial support, effort service, and talent donation. As a result, a system utilizing various human resources is constructed. The Hope Care Center is developing the project by allowing citizens to help one another though diverse methods in this way.