As we plead for God’s peace, mercy and grace on the people of Ukraine and all those affected by the tragic situation unfolding in that region, prayerfully consider how you can help.
- Monetary Gifts, click HERE – specify Ukraine in the OTHER blank on our secure payment page. The funds collected are being distributed to several relief efforts including through our sister community, St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, located three doors south of our church on New Hampshire Avenue. A portion of the donated funds have been matched by Lutheran World Relief. St. Andrew UOC is currently seeking funds to purchase 4 ambulances, much needed in the war zones of Ukraine.
- In-Kind Needed Items – Order from the Amazon Wishlist and have the items shipped directly to St. Andrew UOC at this LINK.
- Get Latest News and Needs for the relief effort at St. Andrew UOC website here: https://standrewuoc.org/
Update (5/9/22) – Over $20,000 has now been raised by St. Andrew family and friends toward the relief effort. A second check for $9040 was presented to St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral on Sunday, May 8.
Update (4/4/22): So far, more than $13,000 has been raised for Ukraine Relief, a significant portion of which will be matched by Lutheran World Relief, already at work in the region. On Sunday, April 3, Father Volodymyr Steliac from St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral visited with us at 9:30 worship, when Pastor Hricko presented him with a check for $5,000, which is earmarked for a playground at an orphanage that is being set up for 350 refugee children. Creative Spirits Ministry is making fleece blankets for the orphanage. We understand that St. Andrew UOC’s latest goal is to raise $80,000 for an ambulance. Air shipments have been sent about every two weeks to Ukraine, including items that our faith community and many others have donated. Some members have been assisting to sort and pack the donations on an almost-daily basis. We will continue to support Fr. Steliac and his flock with our gifts and volunteer efforts in the months ahead. St. Andrew’s Global Mission Team, led by Sue Zimmerman, is coordinating our response going forward. To get involved, reach out by email to Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the church office.
The devastation is widespread and continuing. Relief will be a long-term effort. Check back for more ways to help in the weeks ahead.