ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Ukrainian Federal Credit Union (UFCU) announced on April 15 that it had made a donation of $50,000 to the Ukrainian-American Community Foundation (UAC Foundation”), which has supported an array of community, cultural, humanitarian and educational initiatives since 2010.
UFCU President and Board Chairman Wasyl Kornylo, said that donation was made to support an organization doing important humanitarian aid work to benefit innocent civilians in Ukraine who are suffering as a result of Russia’s brutal, unprovoked war against the neighboring country.
“This donation comes at a critical time,” Mr. Kornylo said. “Organizations and churches that have been assisting Ukraine since the beginning of the war now need additional funding to maintain their operations, and, in some cases, expand their reach. We believe that the UAC Foundation is capable of getting these funds to the people and places that need it most.”
Oleg Lebedko, the UFCU’s chief executive officer added that, “the outpouring of support from all of our communities across the U.S. is truly heartfelt, and it’s evident that Ukrainians, as well as non-Ukrainians, living here are compelled to help Ukraine. The challenge now is to keep the momentum going, and we encourage everyone reading this to stand with Ukraine and offer your support in any way that is possible.”
Russia initially invaded Ukraine in 2014. On February 24, it launched a full-scale war on Ukraine that has impacted nearly all regions of the sovereign country.
Subsequently, Ukrainian communities throughout the United States have experienced grief and disbelief. In response to the events in Ukraine, churches and community organizations in the U.S. quickly mobilized and established humanitarian and medical aid campaigns to support people in Ukraine. Many organizations have committed to maintaining their efforts until the end of the war.
Many UFCU members had relatives and friends in Ukraine when the full-scale war began. While they suffer from uncertainty, fear and constant worry, the UFCU adapted to the needs of its members by eliminating MoneyGram and wire transfer fees to Ukraine. In staying true to the credit union philosophy of “people helping people,” many of the organization’s employees are also active volunteers within various Ukraine-focused community organizations and churches.
While the people of Ukraine remain resilient, they also need more help from the international community. Readers who would like to help may visit the following address: https://ukrainianfcu.org/community/news-events/help-ukraine-now/.
The UFCU was founded in 1953 by Ukrainian Americans in Rochester, N.Y. The organization, with more than 80 employees, provides service in English and Ukrainian to meet the needs of over 22,000 members. The credit union has assets that exceed $350 million and has 13 full-service branch offices in seven states, including New York, Massachusetts, Ohio, North Carolina, California, Oregon and Washington. Readers do not have to be Ukrainian to become a member of the UFCU, which is insured by the National Credit Union Administration. For more information, readers may visit www.ukrainianfcu.org.