We hit 120,000 donors this week and it’s absolutely amazing. The diversity of Razom’s network reflects the diversity of all the work we’re able to accomplish with your generous contributions. We are all moving towards the same goal — Ukraine’s victory, and we’re doing it Razom. Let’s keep it up.
Dear Razom community,
Ukraine is winning, big aid is moving, Razom’s impact is growing, but the war is still ongoing. There is an incredible amount of work to be done. Our volunteers, colleagues, and partners in Ukraine share this daily. We are forever grateful for the support of our individual donors, and today, ask you to consider making another donation to Razom, no matter how big or small. We need your support to keep going.
Your contributions have real impact on the lives of Ukrainians. Here’s a snapshot of some of the things we were able to accomplish this week:
- Razom’s Hospitals Team shipped an entire pallet worth of antibiotics thanks to a $10,000 grant from Morristown Medical Center received by fellow Razom volunteer and pharmacist Oksana Lytvyn.
- The team also obtained one pallet worth of sutures donated by Surgeon Ilkana M Gaffar on behalf of Kings County Hospital.
- To date, Razom has invested $925,362 into its logistical chain.
- MedGlobal is in Lviv again for their second medical mission in partnership with Razom and UMANA. They brought with them 150 suitcases of medical supplies and several more Butterfly Ultrasounds to donate to hospitals across Ukraine. They continue to provide important training on trauma care and chemical warfare.
- Sometimes local NGOs and informal volunteer initiatives are best positioned to provide timely response to humanitarian needs that change by the hour and come from multiple geographical points at the same time, like they do in Ukraine. That’s why Razom developed a grant program that awards grassroots initiatives in Ukraine to help civilians in hot zones. Here’s some of what they’ve been able to accomplish:
- Groups like Rescue Now and Жовта допомога Харкiв (2 of our 16 grant recipients) provide basic humanitarian aid (food, hygiene products, medicines etc.) to people in Kharkiv oblast, especially in recently liberated cities, towns, and villages in the region.
- Chernihiv in northern Ukraine suffered terribly at the beginning of the invasion and charity organization, З покликом у серці, is delivering aid to the region that was occupied for weeks without access to the supplies people desperately needed.
- TAPS Dnipro provided 7,148 aid packages to internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the Dnipro Volunteer IDP Center which receives on average 1,300 IDPs daily. They used their $20,000 Razom Grant to deliver nine 20-ton trucks with humanitarian aid from Germany, Romania, Baltic States, Lviv and Vinnytsa. With this investment we were able to support the center’s operations for an entire week.
Razom held two press conferences on the same day this week, one in Lviv, Ukraine and another in Washington D.C.
In Ukraine, it was important that we amplify our reach so that we continue building out the network of people who need help and organizations that need partnership support. You can watch the press conference here (it’s in Ukrainian) moderated by former Ambassador to Ukraine from Canada Andrij Shevchenko and featuring Razom Board Member Lyuba Shipovich, Razom dlia Ukraini Director Evelina Kurilets, and “Children We Will Make It” co-founder (and current head of Razom volunteer drivers) Vitalii Svichynskyi.
The D.C. press conference brought together community leaders from Ukrainian organizations and partners from ethnic, religious, and human rights groups to voice their support for Ukraine. Razom, United Help Ukraine, U.S. Ukrainian activists, and leaders of Polish, Baltic, Syrian, Afghan, Jewish, Muslim and human rights groups spoke all together in front of the White House. You can watch it here.
Razom also announced its intent to launch the American Coalition for Ukraine and deliver a Joint Statement on the Emergency Supplemental Appropriation for Ukraine. You can find the full statement here.
This is group advocacy work that everyone can take part in. The $33B emergency supplemental aid package for Ukraine is currently awaiting congressional approval. Call up your representatives so they know you support this package to get Ukraine closer to victory now.
People around the world continue to be inspired by the perseverance and creativity of brave Ukraine and are coming together to do what they can to help. Below is a roundup of events that fundraise for specific causes for Ukraine or expose you to amazing Ukrainian art and culture.
In New York:
- On Saturday, May 7 Gold’s Gym in Poughkeepsie, NY is hosting the 8th Annual Peace and Harmony Invitational with all proceeds benefiting Ukraine.
- On Tuesday, May 10 at 7pm at the West End Theater, Shakespeare with Benefits presents a bard-based variety show for Ukraine with all proceeds benefiting Razom.
- On Wednesday, May 18 at 8pm at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Georgian baritone Gocha Abuladze and Ukrainian pianist Irena Portenko perform an evening of song and solidarity, featuring Georgian, Ukrainian, Polish, and Italian music. This concert is benefiting displaced and abused women and children in Ukraine.
- On Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 at the Ukrainian Museum, Director and Producer Andrea Odezynska debuts her new feature-length environmental documentary, Return Sasyk to the Sea, which spotlights the destructive legacy Ukraine inherited as a former member of the Soviet Union. 6/10 tickets here and 6/11 here.
- Today, Friday May 6 is the last day to catch the International Muses Marathon to raise funds for Voices of Children featuring performances and appeal videos based on a personal Facebook Messenger conversation between the MAE director and Ukraine native Mikhail Zorich and his close friend, Irina, in Kyiv. Type “100 Hours” in the comments section of the donation page.
- On Tuesday, May 10 at 5pm PST the Los Angeles Center of Photography is presenting an online conversation with photographer Natalie Keyssar, sharing her experience covering the war in Ukraine. The event will be moderated by LACP’s executive director, Dr. Rotem Rozental andNatalie will discuss and present her powerful, yet devastating photographs from the conflict.
- On May 17 DevOpsDays Ukraine (part of the global DevOpsDays family) is hosting a virtual conference benefiting Razom to to discuss DevOps during crisis, incident, and business continuity management and share Ukrainian DevOps expertise.
In Illinois:Today, May 6 at 8pmChicago will host an EDM concert to benefit the current refugee crisis with proceeds going to Razom at Skyline Loft at the Bridgeport Arts Center.
In Michigan:Today, May 6from 7-10pm the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Manistee, MI will be hosting a concert to benefit relief efforts through Razom. More info here.
In Texas: Over the weekend of May 13, Art of Peace, a group of Houstonians collaborating to help Ukrainian people, is hosting an art exhibition featuring 30 local artists with part of the proceeds benefiting Razom.
In Pennsylvania: On Tuesday, May 17 from 7:30-9:30pm at the Kresge Theater, the Carnegie Mellon School of Music presents a special concert to benefit the Ukrainian people featuring 17 members of the faculty, musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and students of the School of Music.
In Connecticut: On May 21, a local group of runners in Cheshire, CT are hosting a 5K run/walk in their town to fundraise for Razom. Learn more info on how to join them or contribute to their GoFundMe page go here.
As always, thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter and continue to #StandWithUkraine.