After our long plane trip, Dana and I met with the “Ukraine Relief initiative” and “KDU” team leaders to understand where we were most needed. The answer was everywhere. There are thousands of displaced refugees, and so much help is necessary. There are many volunteers from all over the world. They have dropped everything in their lives and unselfishly stepped into their roles to help with this humanitarian crisis. It’s exhausting work and takes a toll on the body and heart, but they persevere. We feel truly honored to have the opportunity to work side by side with them.
Mission statement: “Relieve the crisis. Thoughtfully. With discipline and heart. Now.”
We want to share a little about what the “Ukraine Relief Initiative” and KDU teams are doing.
- Directing and deploying the efforts of our international volunteers
- Coordinating with other hundreds of local volunteers
- Organizing donations and supplies
- Distribution of supplies
- Transporting arriving Ukrainians from the border
- Delivering supplies to the border and giving them to supporters for the Ukrainians that have chosen to stay in Ukraine
- Arrange housing with host families and support for the hosting families
- Resettlement from Krakow throughout Poland or the EU
- Large-scale food preparation and coordination of delivery to homes
- Personal and professional services
- Job placement
- Arranging daycare and school
- Medical help
This is one of the most significant humanitarian efforts in history. A few of the volunteer groups in Poland are the Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, the All-Ukrainian Foundation (helping children orphanages), and Voices of Children (helping with aid for all children affected by the war). There are many, many more groups worldwide helping the efforts. The need is enormous, but we can all make a difference.
Many of you have already donated, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. I know the ask is big, but please share our message if your circle of friends wants to help. Be positive and stay safe. #standwithukraine #peaceforukraine
Freedom is possible!
Cindy and Dana
HOW TO DONATE FUNDS
TO CONTRIBUTE BY CHECK AND RECEIVE A TAX RECEIPT:
Make your check payable to “Hispanic Community Council” include “Ukrainian Relief Initiative” in the check memo, and mail your check to:
Ukrainian Relief Initiative
c/o Gladys Archer
115 Main Ave
Warren, PA 16365
Also, please include a note with your contact info (address, phone, email).
For details on the Hispanic Community Council* see the footnote at the end of this post.
TO CONTRIBUTE ELECTRONICALLY BY PAYPAL AND RECEIVE A TAX RECEIPT
Use this link: https://www.paypal.me/UkraineReliefInitiat.
In the MEMO, PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR FULL NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, AND EMAIL.
WHAT IF I DON’T CARE ABOUT A TAX RECEIPT?
You can still send your check according to the above instructions. Or, for extreme simplicity, you can Venmo directly to my personal account now, and I’ll make sure your funds get where they need to be. Make sure to indicate “Ukraine Relief Initiative” in the transfer. Please give me your other contact info (phone, email, address). You can Venmo directly to me:
Click this link, https://account.venmo.com/u/Cynthia-Henson-12.
* Hispanic Community Council of Chautauqua County (HCC) is a local 501C3 charity in the Warren-Jamestown area that has generously stepped forward, slashed the red tape, and agreed to act as the pass-through 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 pass-through charity. 100% of your contributions sent to HCC and earmarked for the Ukrainian Relief Initiative will go towards our mission of relieving the Ukrainian refugee crisis, subject to the constraint that 10% of all such funds must be spent in the United States. So, in plain English, you give us $10, and we send $9 of it directly to our team in Poland/Ukraine to target the crisis on the ground there, and we are free to use the other $1 in whatever way we deem the best Ukrainian relief target in the US (e.g., supporting Ukrainian refugees who are resettling in the US). And at the end of the year, you receive a tax receipt for your $10 donation.