Kim first heard of the Family Care Act, which would ensure those who earn paid sick days can use the time to care for family members, from her state senator, who referred her to Atlanta 9to5. As someone who’d been living with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease, Kim says she felt “compelled to become connected and engaged as an activist.” She’d heard many stories of people with lupus who needed assistance from family members to go to doctor’s appointments but the family member couldn’t use their sick time. “No one should have to choose between the job they need and people they love,” she says.
Kim is active educating the community, meeting with legislators and talking to the media about the Family Care Act. She’s given presentations for Lupus Foundation outreach events and participated in grassroots lobby day event.
Says Kim, “It is important for me to become a change agent and solution strategist so that we promote the value of investing in a work culture that support the relevant needs of its employees. Passing this bill will be a victory for all. It will send a message that corporate America has moved from profits and ROI to valuing and supporting the needs of its employees. It will be an awakening!”
Kim describes her involvement as “a transformative experience.” Her daughter is also intentional about working for companies that promote family values so she can have the flexibility to assist her mother should the need arise.