Peace for Ukraine!

Dana and I were in Chicago last weekend. On Sunday, we went with friends to a baseball game at Wrigley Field. It was a boring game, but the company was fantastic. It was a good time. We left Chicago on Monday and went to Menominee Falls, Wisconsin. There, we kayaked and went to the Milwaukee Brewers game. It was the first time we went to the Brewers ballpark, American Family Field. Another ballpark to mark off my list…only a few more to visit! Woohoo! We are now in Baraboo, WI, staying at Mirror Lake State Park. We are kayaking and visiting the rock formations at the Dells.

Wrigley Field baseball game with friends.

Now that I’ve updated you on our Athena journey, here’s the latest in Kraków, Poland.   

Dębniki Community Center update:

There’s a great need for Ukrainians to learn the language of their new home. Currently, there are five polish classes, that are filled to capacity. So, for the time being, until more classes are open, online apps are highly recommended for self-learning. Daycare is open daily for children 3-7 years old. Professional educators lead classes that engage children and bring many smiles to the youngest Ukrainians.

Polish language class at Debniki Community Center.

Happy faces at Debniki Community Center.

Polish citizens in the Dębniki district continue to bring bags and suitcases of clothes, food, and supplies to the food and clothing pantry and for daycare needs.

Donations for Debniki Community Center.

Psychotherapeutic Integration/ Fundacja Let’s help Together Foundation Center:

“Flight” teenage classes have been in session for four weeks. There are seven groups of development activities for teenagers of different ages. Six groups of Polish and English language classes are in session for adults. Language teachers and children educators invest their skills and time to help and recover themselves.

Art activity at teen “Flight” summer school.

Teen connection at “Flight” summer school.

It’s been just over five months since Putin started this unprovoked war on a peaceful country. Almost two million Ukrainian refugees have fled to Poland, including 150,000 settling in Kraków. The Ukraine Relief Initiative, and our partnerships with Krakow Fundacja Kocham Dębniki and Fundacja Let’s Help Together, are providing Polish classes, art/craft classes, a food and clothing pantry, daycare, providing art therapy, individual and group therapy sessions, taking supplies to refugee centers and to the front line in Ukraine, And, thanks to you… it’s all free for Ukrainians. These centers are helping Ukrainians start a new life in a dignified and loving way. We are all making it just a little easier for Ukrainians to resettle in their new home. And to feel less like a refugee and more like a permanent resident.

“Relieve the crisis. Thoughtfully. With discipline and heart. Now.”

Thank you so much for your donations and love for this humanitarian crisis. Continue to share our message of help and hope for our new Ukrainian friends. And if you are able, please consider another donation. Each and every one of us can make a difference. Be positive and stay safe, my friends. Hope for peace! #wesupportukraine #lovewins #peaceforukraine

Freedom is possible!

 

Much love,
Cindy and Dana

 

HOW TO MAKE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS

These contributions are tax-deductible through HCC, our registered 501(c)(3) pass-through charity.

TO CONTRIBUTE BY CHECK:

Make your check payable to **Hispanic Community Council** (VERY IMPORTANT: not to Ukraine Relief Initiative). After you write your check to the Hispanic Community Council, please mail your check to:

Ukrainian Relief Initiative
c/o Gladys Archer
115 Main Ave
Warren, PA 16365

Please indicate “Ukrainian Relief Initiative” in the check memo and include a note with your contact info (address, phone, email). * See the footnote at the bottom for details on the Hispanic Community Council.

TO CONTRIBUTE ELECTRONICALLY BY PAYPAL:

Use this link: https://www.paypal.me/UkraineReliefInitiat. PayPal goes through Gladys Archer, serving as a liaison between the “Ukraine Relief Initiative” and “Hispanic Community Council,” our 501(c)3 pass-through organization.

In the memo, please include your name, address, phone #, and email so we can process your tax receipt.

CONTRIBUTE WITH NO TAX RECEIPT

Venmo directly to my personal account now, and I’ll ensure your funds get where they need to be. Make sure to indicate “Ukraine Relief Initiative” in the transfer. Please give me your contact info (phone, email, address). You can Venmo directly to me:

Click this link, https://account.venmo.com/u/Cynthia-Henson-12.

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* In light of the emergency needs in Poland/Ukraine and the prohibitively long lead time of months or even years to establish a new charity in the US, the Hispanic Community Council of Chautauqua County (HCC), a local 501(c)(3) charity in the Warren-Jamestown area, has generously stepped forward, slashed the red tape, and agreed to act as the passthrough charity to process payments and issue tax receipts for our Ukraine Relief Initiative, consistent with their broad charitable mandate relating to international community engagement.  HCC is not charging our initiative one single penny to act as our passthrough charity. 100% of your contributions sent to HCC and earmarked for the Ukrainian Relief Initiative will go directly towards our mission of relieving the Ukrainian refugee crisis.

 

 

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