Principle #6 – Move to Action – Your Support  Can Change Lives


I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving. Dana and I spent this special time at my sister and brother-in-law’s house in North Carolina. We had fun catching up and being surrounded by the love of our family and, of course, eating lots of turkey!

On Tuesday, we’re going to Poland for 14 days. We’re joining the URI leadership team in Kraków for a planning session with KDU, our Polish partners. We will discuss the challenges and opportunities to scale our support to meet the ever-evolving needs.

When we began our journey with URI, we never imagined that Putin’s War would continue for this long…but at this point, there is still no end in sight. With your help, we have helped thousands of displaced Ukrainians relocate and settle in a new country. The hub of support is at the community center for Ukrainian women and children to gather with other Ukrainians to share their common experiences and stories of war. The community center has also helped them find employment, mental and health care, Polish and English language classes, and schools for children in their native Ukrainian language. In other words, bringing these women the skills, support, and love to carry on during this crisis.

During the warmer months, some Ukrainians returned home to Ukraine, and many found their homes in ruins and needed to stay in tents. With the winter, freezing temperatures, and spotty electricity, thousands of Ukrainians are now traveling back to Poland for survival. So, the needs are changing again.

Tuesday, November 29th is Giving Tuesday.

I know many people need help in our communities and around the world. But, if the Ukrainian crisis speaks to you, please consider donating to support these innocent women and children get through the winter and build a new life safe from war. All volunteers that travel to Poland pay their own way, plane tickets, hotels, and food expenses. Therefore, 100% of your donation goes to our Ukrainian friends. We all know that URI + KDU: “1 + 1 = 1,000”

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

Thank you to those that have donated. You have helped us open two community centers in Kraków and take much-need supplies to the Nest (a refugee center of 80 women and children) and medical supplies to the Falcon, Oksana’s Hospital, the two centers in Ukraine we support. Please share our message with your trusted circle. We can all make a difference as long as we do it together.

Thank you for being a positive light in my universe. I appreciate your love and support as we head to Poland. Have an amazing holiday season. Stay positive and stay safe. #givingtuesday #supportukraine

Much love,
Cindy and Dana


All contributions are fully tax-deductible through HCC, our registered 501(c)(3) passthrough charity.

Make your check payable to **Hispanic Community Council** – (VERY IMPORTANT: not to Ukraine Relief Initiative) and send it to the following address:

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).

Use this link: PayPal goes through the “Hispanic Community Council,” our 501(c)3 passthrough organization.
In the memo, please include your name, address, phone #, and email so we can process your tax receipt.

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