Razom has significantly scaled and refined its operations in the past few weeks and we are so excited to share how the impact of that work and your donations grows. We’ve also been hard at work advocating for Ukraine in the US and ask for your support below. Each one of us can do something for Ukraine today, this weekend, and next week, so let’s get to it!
Dear Razom community,
Razom is always here, moving the needle to get us closer to Ukraine’s victory. The war is still ongoing and there is still a lot of work to be done now that we’re 70 days in. We need your support and we humbly share with you all that we’re able to accomplish thanks to your generosity . Let’s keep it up!
- Three ambulances recently made it to Donbas to help care for the wounded on the front lines of the war there. These ambulances made their way from Wales in England to Donbas in partnership with the United Ukraine Foundation in the UK. Razom also helped outfit them with tourniquets, IFAKs, other important life-saving medicines, and 30 sets of uniforms to the firefighters of Kryvyi Rih.
- Here’s the final tally of the work the TacMed Team at Razom accomplished in just one week (5/2/22 – 5/7/22):
- Volunteers built and shipped 8,000+ IFAKs, potentially saving 8,000 or more limbs, or even lives. The approximate value of them is $600,000.
- Volunteers built and shipped 40 fully loaded tactical medical backpacks
- These included 20,000 packs of QuikClot Combat Gauze, which are top of the line and extremely hard to procure these days, but of course Razom TacMed team secured them!
- It took 108 volunteers to get this much work done in one week. We when we say urgent, we’re not kidding! When we say #razom (“together”), we’re serious!
- We also shipped out several pallets of medical supplies, and items such as sleeping bags, stretchers, splints, tourniquets, stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, and burn treatment kits.
- We started an initiative to include kids’ drawings, postcards, and letters packed into the IFAKs to encourage Ukrainian heroes. If you or your children would like to contribute in this way, please send to:
57 Beach Street, Suite 306
Staten Island, NY 10304
- Meanwhile the Razom volunteers working at the warehouse across the ocean in Ukraine managed to distribute for shipment 40 orders of aid in only one day. To date, Razom has processed over 600 aid requests from hospitals, field hospitals, and territorial defense units across Ukraine.
- So far this month, the MedGlobal team in collaboration with Razom and UMANA have trained over 150 doctors across 6 hospitals in Ukraine totaling 40 hours of trainings. All of the hospitals visited are receiving wounded civilians and military patients, some as many as 40 such patients per day. Training topics covered polytrauma, triage, FAST exam, blast injury, among others.
- One of those butterfly ultrasounds that the MedGlobal team donated saved a life this month. It uncovered pneumothorax in a patient, something that’s not visible on an x-ray.
What’s one way you can advocate for Ukraine today?
Join us in support of a proposal to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for more disclosure about russian operations by US public companies. Razom signed the petition along with the Ukrainian-American Bar Association, Natalie Jaresko (former Finance Minister of Ukraine), and assistance from Andrii (Andrey) Galiuk from StopBusinessWithRussia initiative.
It’s simple – russian taxes are funding the war in Ukraine, and we need more transparency. The world is watching, Ukrainians are watching.
You can find ways to help us further this work and become a part of the movement here: https://www.razomforukraine.org/boycott-business-with-russia/
The Razom Advocacy Team is monitoring closely the advancement of the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act in the amount of $39 billion.
This is where we need your help!
The Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act will be up for a vote in the Senate soon and we want to make sure Senators know how their constituents – YOU – feel about passing the bill. Click here to find out why this bill is important and needs your support, and click here to find out how to call your Senators and what to say to them. Let’s help Ukraine win the war, together.
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:
- Today, Friday, May 13 at 7pm at the Ukrainian Museum, Yara artists will perform and read newest poems by Serhiy Zhadan directed by Virlana Tkacz. Serhiy Zhadan was born in Luhansk oblast of Ukraine and educated in Kharkiv where he lives today. He is the most popular poet of the post-independence generation in Ukraine, the author of twelve books of poetry that have earned him numerous national and European awards, and his charitable foundation has been a formal Razom partner for several years.
- This month, until May 30th the William Ris Gallery in Jamesport, NY will host Hearts & Souls: An Exhibit of Solidarity featuring works by 20+ artists. A portion of sales will go to 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 Sunday, May 22 at 9am, Veselka is hosting a solidarity bike ride for Ukraine
- On Thursday, June 2 from 6-8pm THE GALLERY is hosting an opening reception for Ola Rondiak: Women’s History, a hundred years of Ukraine with part of the art sales going to Razom.
- 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.
- Stop by Chobani in Soho this month as sales of a new Chobani Café menu item inspired by the Ukrainian flag (Chobani’s Blueberry & Pineapple Creation) will be donated to Razom!
Online: 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 Texas:This weekend 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 Washington D.C.: On May 17 the US-Ukraine Foundation is hosting a fundraising event featuring Eurovision star, Roxolana, titled “Taking Back Z.”
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.
In California: On Sat, May 28, the Riviera Village on Redondo Beach will have over 14 businesses donating 20% of their proceeds to Razom.
In Virginia: On June 24from 6-19pm the Beach Gallery in Virginia Beach is hostinga Hope for Ukraine Art Show & Silent Auction with all proceeds going to either Razom or the World Central Kitchen.
As always, thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter and continuing to #StandWithUkraine.