Ukraine Refugee Fund
More than $2.2 million raised as of May 17, 2022
Thank you to the many generous contributors who have donated to the Town of Palm Beach United Way Ukraine Refugee Fund. The fund was created on March 4 to support Ukrainian refugees impacted by the Russian invasion of their country. We appreciate your generosity as we continue to support Ukrainian men, women and children whose lives have been upended and whose futures are uncertain. More than 7 million Ukrainians have fled their country since Russia began its invasion on February 24, according to the U.N. refugee agency.
100% of all money donated benefits Ukrainian refugees.
Thank you matching gift contributors
Christine and Alan Curtis
Eduardo and Missy de Guardiola
Jim and Irene Karp
Howard and Michele Kessler
Bill and Marilyn Lane Family Foundation
Phyllis and Bill Mack
Nicola and Jeff Marcus
Robert and Lynda Nitabach
Joe and Susan Plumeri
John and Jana Scarpa
Susan and Dom Telesco
As of September 1, 2022, the Town of Palm Beach United Way has distributed $2.15 million to nine organizations.
With warehouses in Ukraine, Poland and Hungary, Global Empowerment Mission is providing emergency aid such as food, water, medicine, hygiene kits, and other basic necessities all across Ukraine. Their team is also providing relocation assistance, including transportation, housing, and case workers, and helping re-open schools in Bucha.
Click here for a report of all the projects GEM was able to complete with the help of United Way funding.
VIDEO: 9 Month Recap
VIDEO: School Repairs in Bucha
VIDEO: First 100 Days Video
Photos courtesy Global Empowerment Mission
World Central Kitchen is distributing nourishing food and fresh meals across Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, and Spain. The agency is working with local restaurants, caterers, and food trucks to provide fresh and comforting meals to families at border crossings, reception centers, shelters, and other locations along their journey. They have served over 180 million meals since the conflict began. In addition to hot meals, WCK is distributing bulk food product including produce and dry goods to restaurant partners in Ukraine to supplement the strained food supply chain.
VIDEO: World Central Kitchen teams across Ukraine brace for winter
VIDEO: Over 180 million meals served across eight countries
Photos courtesy World Central Kitchen
Americares is focused on providing medicine and medical supplies to people inside Ukraine and those who have fled to neighboring countries. To date, they have provided over 242 tons of supplies to Ukraine, including antibiotics, insulin, IV fluids, wound care supplies and trauma kits. The agency is also providing emergency funding to 40 international partners to support psychosocial services, counseling and trauma-focused behavioral therapy for children and adults.
VIDEO: Valeriy and Oleisa: Their Story of Survival in Ukraine
VIDEO: The Faces and Voices of the Refugees from Ukraine and the People Working to Help Them
Left Photo: Team members in Americares Global Distribution Center in Connecticut prepare shipments of medicine and relief supplies for the Ukraine crisis on March 1, 2022 (Photo/Mike Demas).
Center/Right Photos: Members of a partner organization in Ukraine pack up and transport medical supplies and medicine from Americares to be distributed to a medical facility that has been converted into a trauma center for the wounded following the Russian invasion. March 22, 2022. (Photo Credit: Razom)
The JDC is evacuating and caring for Ukraine's displaced Jews. Services include transportation, welfare centers, food, medicine, financial assistance, and emergency hotlines. The agency is also offering food and initial support to non-Jewish refugees in need of help. JDC is also working with partners in Israel and Ukraine to transport humanitarian aid, food, and medications to relief organizations in need of supplies.
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VIDEO: "Finding Home": One Boy's Journey
Photos courtesy JDC
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach is helping Ukrainian families fleeing to Palm Beach County. The agency's case managers are helping connect families to housing, medical care, counseling, education, employment, transportation and other essential services.
St. Jude Global Alliance - a worldwide initiative of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is helping evacuate Ukraine children battling cancer to hospitals and clinics that can help them continue their treatment. To date, the agency has assisted over 1,000 children and families with transport to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the U.S. and treatment centers throughout Europe and Canada. The agency's efforts also includes translating medical records and coordinating convoys from Ukraine to Poland.
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Photos courtesy ALSAC – The fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®
Project HOPE is on the ground responding to the Ukraine crisis and is actively shipping essential medicines and medical supplies to assist Ukrainians. The agency is currently partnering with a non-governmental organization in Ukraine to purchase and transport pharmaceuticals and medical supplies across the country, including insulin, needles, sutures, and gauzes. Its team on the ground is also conducting assessments of health facilities to determine needs and how Project HOPE and partners can best fulfill gaps.
VIDEO: Providing Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine
Left Photo: Inga, a Project HOPE translator, works with SAMU team members to perform a health assessment of Galina, a 62-year-old Ukrainian refugee living at the Bulboaca Refugee Settlement in Moldova.
Photo by Jon Brack / Project HOPE.
Center Photo: Volunteers in yellow jackets hand out food to Ukrainian refugees checking ride message boards at the Krakow train station in Poland.
Photo by James Buck / Project HOPE.
Right Photo: Ukrainian refugees enter Moldova at the Palanca border crossing, the busiest in the country and the closest to Odessa. They then board buses to travel into Moldova and most often onward to Romania and further west.
Photo by Jon Brack / Project HOPE.
World Vision is supporting refugees in Romania, Moldova, Georgia and other Eastern European countries who have been forcibly displaced due to the crisis in Ukraine. The organization is providing emergency food assistance, temporary shelter assistance, hygiene kits, educational and psychological support and other essential aid.
VIDEO: Our response in Ukraine
Left Photo: A social worker with World Vision's Romania office catches a ball from 2-year-old Dima
outside a child play area World Vision has set up along the border with Ukraine. ©World Vision
Center Photo: World Vision staff greet children and women at the border of Romania from Ukraine,
where escalating conflict has displaced millions of people. ©World Vision
Right Photo: World Vision staff pass out food and supplies to refugee children and families who crossed
into Romania after fleeing fighting in their hometowns in Ukraine. ©World Vision
Adopt-A-Family is assisting Ukrainian families who have resettled to Palm Beach County. The agency is helping connect families to housing, food, transportation and other basic needs. Case workers are also helping individuals with immigration documents.
In the News
April 22, 2022 - Town of Palm Beach United Way's Ukraine Refugee Fund has topped $2M; new matching grants
April 7, 2022 - Palm Beach United Way gives $1M to nonprofits helping Ukrainian refugees, gets new grants of $125,000
March 29, 2022 - Ukraine Refugee Fund gets another matching grant; $700,000 already given to groups helping refugees
March 21, 2022 - Kravis Center Production Raises Funds For Ukrainian Refugees This Week with Reading of FOUR CHILDREN
March 16, 2022 - With donations topping $500,000, Ukraine Relief Fund gets 3 new matching grants totaling $150,000
March 13, 2022 - Editorial: Kudos to residents for speedy response to United Way's Ukraine Refugee Fund
March 11, 2022 - Palm Beach: Ukraine Refugee Fund grants matched in 24 hours; new grants totaling $100K announced
March 5, 2022 - Ukrainian Relief Fund launched by United Way of Palm Beach with $100K from two island couples