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200 Days in Ukraine: Helping in Crisis

When war erupted in Ukraine, the Federation was ready.

Just over 200 days later, that support continues.

International partnerships allowed for a quick and direct response to the millions rendered homeless and without aid, and the establishment of the Ukraine Relief Fund provided a trusted resource that assured donations would translate to immediate, on-the-ground support. This continuing effort is thanks to the support network that the community built for times like these, where an early reaction saved countless lives.

As of August 24, 2022, over $73.5 million has been raised nationwide. $61 million has been distributed to Federation’s core partners, the Jewish Agency for Israel, The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and World ORT, along with over 50 other non-governmental organizations. These funds went to:

  • Aliyah for 32,325 people and community security to protect those who leave or stay
  • Maintaining critical welfare services for those who we support day in and day out
  • Assisting internally displaced people in multiple locations
  • Aiding Jews in need in 1,000 locations across Ukraine
  • Stockpiling for goods across more than 1,000 locations
  • Launching various emergency hotlines for those who need support, with over 39,902 calls received or made
  • Securing temporary housing for people in transit, escaping conflict zones
  • Purchasing satellite phones to maintain communication across the region
  • Securing five Jewish schools and training staff to manage crisis needs

The Pittsburgh community alone has raised over $1.8 million to date through the Ukraine Emergency Relief Fund, thanks in part to a generous donor who agreed to match every contribution up to $500,000—86% of which has been reached as of September 14.

Close to seven million Ukrainians are still displaced from their homes and remain in the country. Now more than ever, it is imperative to continue support and show the strength of the Jewish community. Thanks to those who helped to support this effort through giving to the Federation’s Community Campaign and/or through the Ukraine Relief Fund. We will continue to work in Ukraine as long as needed, helping the Jewish community long after most other organizations leave.

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