STAND WITH UKRAINE
As we approach the 2nd anniversary of Russia's full scale invasion and the onset of another winter, I am asking for your support to raise $5,000 to be able to continuing to provide vital humanitarian and disaster relief work in Ukraine.
Repairing the local school in the village of Kukhari, Ukraine
Being Interviewed by a local television station in Kyiv
Following Russia's full scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022, I went to volunteer in Warsaw to help the refugees (mostly women, children and seniors) escaping the horrors of war. But I knew I wanted to do more.
Finally, in May 2023, I was able to leave my position as Executive Director of All Stars Helping Kids in the Bay Area, give up my apartment, put everything I owned into storage and headed to Ukraine. Since then, I have been volunteering full time.
While I am based in Kyiv, I have volunteered in communities across the country.
- In the Kyiv region, I work with Brave to Rebuild an incredible group of international volunteers with helping to repair homes and schools in areas that were occupied (and heavily damaged) by Russian forces early in the war such as Bucha, Irpin, Kukhari, and others.
- In Kharkiv, in the eastern part of the country, I was baking bread with Pekelna Kitchen and helping to prepare up to 800 meals a day for humanitarian organizations, medical personnel, and front-line defenses units.
- In Kherson, in southern Ukraine, I work with Spravzhni Ukraine to help repair homes and critical infrastructure that was flooded when Russian destroyed the Kakhovka dam in June and the on-going shelling of civilian targets in Kherson.
- I am also currently serving on the Board of Enduring Hope Amid Chaos, a registered Ukrainian nonprofit, to provide humanitarian and medical aid, evacuation services, and other support.
As volunteers we are responsible for all of our own living expenses (lodging, meals, etc.) as well as helping to purchase equipment and supplies (shovels, gloves, masks, helmets, body armor, first aid and medical supplies); transportation (trains, buses, etc.); and providing direct support to individual soldiers, combat medics and individual families.
As we approach the 2nd anniversary of Russia's full scale invasion and the onset of another winter, I am asking for your support to raise $5,000 to be able to continuing to provide vital humanitarian and disaster relief work in Ukraine. Specifically we need to purchase:
- Supplies (tourniquets, chest seals, trauma bandages, and hemostatic Gauze)to help build individual first aid kits for medics and soldiers;
- Winter gear and equipment (sleeping bags, jacket and pants, boots, winter gloves, hats, poncho liners and warmer pads),
- Repair vehicles (when they are not being shot or hit with shrapnel, vehicles take a beating on the war ravaged roads of Ukraine); and
- Cover transportation costs to help evacuate families and the injured, deliver humanitarian aid, and transport supplies.
100% of every dollar will go to providing humanitarian and disaster relief aid directly to local communities, families and individuals.
Do You Have Equipment or Supplies To Donate?
If you, or your company, has medical equipment, winter gear, construction equipment, vehicles or other materials to donate, please contact me at [email protected]. We have many qualified, registered nonprofits who need your help.
Learn More About My Volunteer Work and Check Out These Amazing Organizations!
Brave to Rebuild
«Brave to Rebuild» is a volunteer initiative restoring cities and villages damaged by the Russian invasion in Ukraine. Volunteers go to villages in the Kyiv region, mainly in Irpin, Bucha, Gostomel and surrounding villages. We also work in Kharkiv and Kherson regions. As part of the work, volunteers dismantle rubble, repair damaged residential buildings and social institutions, which helps people rebuild their homes and survive the winter.
To donate directly to Brave, please visit:
Founded by two retired Marine Corps Colonels with more than 30 years military and combat experience, the <<Traveling Colonels>> build individual first aid kits (IFAKs) for frontline units and individual soldiers as well as Medic Bags for combat medics as well as deliver medical and humanitarian supplies and equipment.
To donate directly to the Traveling Colonels, please visit:
A collaboration of NGO's, Spravzhni based in Kherson helps repair homes, schools, hospitals and critical infrastructure damaged by Russian shelling. It also provides important humanitarian aid missions in order to normalize the lives of people who suffered due to the full-scale invasion of Russia on the territory of Ukraine.
To learn more about Spravzhni Ukraine, please visit:
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