Ukrainian FCU expresses support for Ukraine amid war

Ukrainian FCU team members participated in a recent “Stand Together with Ukraine” relief event at the Italian Cultural Center in Buffalo. Photo credit: Petro Kushnir.

By Alexander Oryshkevych

On Feb. 24, 2022, Russia expanded its 2014 invasion of Ukraine to a full-scale war impacting all regions of the sovereign nation. Grief and disbelief gripped our communities in the U.S. from coast to coast as many of our members, at the time of the invasion, still had relatives and friends living in Ukraine.

While uncertainty, fear, and worry continue to consume the lives of many of our members, as well as employees, we at Ukrainian FCU adapted to the needs of our members by eliminating MoneyGram and wire transfer fees to Ukraine, for example. Our common 70+ bond churches and community organizations quickly mobilized and established humanitarian and medical aid campaigns to support Ukraine, and many committed to upholding their efforts until the end of the war. In staying true to the credit union philosophy of “people helping people,” many of our employees are also active volunteers within various Ukraine-focused community organizations and churches.

As we write this Ukraine remains resilient, but has also reached out to the international community for continued help in any form possible. Today Ukrainian FCU announces a donation of $50,000 to the Ukrainian-American Community Foundation, who has supported an array of community, cultural, humanitarian, and educational initiatives since 2010.

“This donation comes at a critical time. 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,” said Wasyl Kornylo, Ukrainian FCU president/board chairman. “We believe that the UAC Foundation is capable of getting these funds to the people and places that need it most.”

Oleg Lebedko, Ukrainian FCU CEO 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.”

Alexander Oryshkevych is the marketing manager for Ukrainian FCU, headquartered in Rochester.

Links to assist those affected by the war in Ukraine are accessible on the Ukrainian FCU website. Those looking to assist credit unions impacted by the war in Ukraine can donate to the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions’ Ukraine Credit Union Displacement Fund.

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