We have a lot of exciting news this week! We spent a few wet days in Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. It rained for four days, and on the last day of our stay, it was beautiful. We were planning on golfing, but most of the golf courses were closed because it was too wet. We finally found an open course…we were so excited. And if you can imagine, after we drove our balls, they literally landed with a splat in the mud. It was hilarious…and so muddy! We understand now why most golf courses were closed!
Our next stop was Columbia, IL. We decided to stay at a hotel outside of St. Louis to go to a Cardinals baseball game on Monday. Guess who they were playing against. Ding, ding ding…you win…the Padres!!! The game didn’t end well for the Padres, but it was fun! After the game, we went to our dear friend’s house for dinner. It was a fun day of baseball and laughing with friends. Our next stop will be Warren, PA.
While we travel around the U.S., our displaced Ukrainian friends are never far from our thoughts. And the progress of the community center is remarkable. The kitchen has a new refrigerator and coffee machine. Tables and chairs are set up, and last-minute decorating is completed. Here is a time-lapse video of volunteers from KDU completing the finishing touches before opening. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiFBWxtjm7I.
The official opening for the community center is next Sunday, June 5th, but the Polish language classes started on Tuesday, May 31st.
This is what Olga Piasecka Nieć, the president of the NGO wants to convey to the community center supporters from the U.S. and Kraków Dębniki for Ukraine:
“Thank you everyone for making this possible! I am truly moved and love the support of so many people around the world playing their part, working together, and trusting each other…I feel this is the most amazing thing I have ever taken a part in. And knowing the impact it makes, hearing the stories, and feeling how this really changes how these women feel. I wish all of you could be here and feel it for yourselves. THANK YOU A MILLION!” – Olga Piasecka Nieć
My friends, this is what love of humanity is! We all worked together to create a community center that would offer services to our innocent and displaced Ukrainian friends. Your compassion and kindness have made a difference. My heart is overflowing with gratitude! They will have a place to learn Polish and English, job searching, a place for women to connect with other Ukrainian women, an inviting place for teens, a daycare with activities for all ages, and a food and clothing pantry. But we still need help to sustain this wonderful place of much-needed services to help Ukrainians and their Polish host families. Please consider a donation if you are able. And pass our message along to your family and friends. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Be positive and stay safe.
Freedom is possible!
Cindy and Dana
HOW TO MAKE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE UKRAINIAN RELIEF INITIATIVE
All contributions are fully tax-deductible through HCC, our registered 501(c)(3) passthrough charity.
TO CONTRIBUTE BY CHECK:
Make your check payable to **Hispanic Community Council** – (VERY IMPORTANT: not to Ukraine Relief Initiative) and send it to the following address:
HCC – URI
c/o John Kersey
208 Liberty Street
Warren, PA 16365
Please indicate “Ukrainian Relief Initiative” in the check memo and include a note with your contact info (address, phone, email).
TO CONTRIBUTE ELECTRONICALLY BY PAYPAL:
Use this link: https://www.paypal.com/
In the memo, please include your name, address, phone #, and email so we can process your tax receipt.