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



These contributions are 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). After you write your check to the Hispanic Community Council, please mail your check to the following:

Ukrainian Relief Initiative
c/o John Kersey
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.


Use this link: PayPal goes through Gladys Archer, serving as a liaison between the “Ukraine Relief Initiative” and “The 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.


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) so I can thank you. You can Venmo directly to me:

Click this link,


* 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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