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May 11, 2015

 

11th May, the birthday of pilot Nadia Savchenko, demonstrations were held all over the world to support her.  Ukrainians in Washington State took part in this action. Those gathered to wish our  brave Nadia the best on her birthday and express condemnation of her imprisonment  met in front of the Russian General Consulate building in Ukraine. A letter was also sent by the Ukrainian Association on behalf of Ukrainians in our state to the Russian Consulate demanding the immediate release the wrongfully imprisoned Nadia Savchenko in accord with the Minsk Agreement stipulations. The protest in Seattle was also covered by a local television station.


 

May 6, 2015

 

 

On May 5, representatives of Ukrainian Association of Washington State were honored to meet and have an engaging dialog with US Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-6) about providing additional military, economic and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. 

Congressman Kilmer was not only supportive of Ukraine's needs, but agreed to sign on as a co-sponsor of H.R.955, the bill authorizing assistance and sustainment to the military and national security forces of Ukraine.  He promised to join the bipartisan Congressional Ukrainian Caucus and bring his expertise to future legislation benefitting Ukraine.

On behalf of Ukrainian Americans of our state, we thanked Representative Kilmer for his leadership!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

April 14, 2015

On April 7, representatives of UAWS, Irene Hrab, Petro Drogomiretskiy, Katya Sedova met with US Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA-1).We discussed the situation in Ukraine, and asked the Congresswoman to support legislation, which provides for defensive lethal aid, economic and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. 

On April 9, at the congressional panel hosted by the World Affairs Council of Seattle, Congresswoman DelBene publically announced that she met with representatives of UAWS and that she will co-sponsor HR 955, bill authorizing assistance and sustainment of the military and national security forces of Ukraine. 

On behalf of the Ukrainian community, we thank Congresswoman DelBene for her support of Ukraine.

 

 


 

 

 

April 2, 2015

Once again, we want to extend our heartfelt thank you to all of you who joined us on Saturday, March 21 at the Anastasiya Prykhodko concert as part of her North American Charity Tour: "Songs For Peace". Words cannot describe the electrifying energy that this young artist brought to the crowd of nearly 400 with her singing and her answers to the questions from the audience.

Together we raised nearly $8,470.03 in profit, with 100% of it going towards charitable causes: $6,776.03 (80%) to the Patriot Defence: IFAK + Combat Lifesaver Training for Ukraine and $1,694.0 (20%) for the making of the film about historical justice, called "True Rus".

We want to thank our sponsors: TALENT Event Planning Services, VoirPhotography, Nazar Ivanchenko, and all our organizers and volunteers, without whom this event would not be successful.

 


 

February 26, 2015

 

 

Ukrainian Association of Washington State welcomes Representative Larsen's support of Ukraine.  Representatives from UAWS met with Congressman Larsen at his request on February 13, 2015, to advise him on the situation in Ukraine and the fragile Minsk II Peace Accord.

We are pleased that Congressman heard our concerns and made a decision to co-sponsor HR 955, further strengthening his support for Ukrainian sovereignty by providing Ukraine with the means to defend fragile peace. 

We thank Congressman Larsen for his leadership, and continue to hope for peaceful resolution.

 


 

 

February 9, 2015

 

We once again voiced our concerns in front of Consulate General of Russia. Our guests from Ukraine - families of soldiers who have died in the ATO zone - joined us for this rally. Together, we chanted: "Freedom to Savchenko", "Putin, hands off Ukraine", "Stop Putin, Stop War" and, of course, "Glory to Ukraine!" Once again, we prepared a letter to the Consul General of Russia. However, this time we were told by building security that the letters are not accepted in person, and we must contact the Consul through email or fax. In the end, we were able to deliver the letter to the Consulate, and watched as the letter was demonstratively torn without reading before our eyes.

 

We will send the letter in email, and we ask you to join us. Please email the Consul at consul@seanet.com  and protest the actions of Russian government in Ukraine.  Let us give the Consul what he asked for - our thoughts about his government through emails, thousands of them.

 

Thank you to all who joined us in person today. Thank you to our guests from Ukraine for initiative and participation. Together, we are strong!

 


 

 

January 26, 2015

 

On January 26, Ukrainians from greater Seattle area came out to picket the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in support of "Freedom for Nadiya Savchenko". Conscientious Ukrainians answered the call of Ukrainian Association of Washington State to protest the actions of Kremlin in Ukraine and to join the worldwide response in support of Nadiya Savchenko. Protesters presented the Consulate with the letter to the Consul General of Russia from Ukrainians of Washington State, demanding immediate end to Russian aggression against Ukraine, as well as release of Ukrainian soldiers captured illegally in Ukraine from Russian jails, including a member of PACE, Nadiya Savchenko.

 


 

  

 January 7, 2015

Friends,

Happy New Year!

First and foremost we wanted to let you know that we have granted $8,000 in continuing support of the tactical medicine in Ukraine to the humanitarian project Patriot Defense. These funds will go towards purchasing NATO-grade individual Improved First Aid Kits.  We will forward the detailed report as soon as we have confirmation of the IFAK purchase and distribution from our partners in Ukraine.

 

Furthermore, during the charity concert "Carol of the Bells" on December 20, 2014, we raised additional $3,114.96 towards the humanitarian needs of UkraineThank you to all who attended the concert, purchased souvenirs and pastries, and made donations to this worthy cause.  Special thanks to the family of Iryna and Pavlo Pylypenko, who not only sponsored the sale of pastries, but matched the raised funds with a $1,631 donation.

 

At this time, we have $4,312.83 in the Association account, earmarked for humanitarian support of Ukraine. We are working on effectively distributing these funds. Our intention is to get involved with more projects by local volunteer groups, help the hospitals and specific battalions in Ukraine.

 

We thank you again for your generosity and trust.

 

Glory to Ukraine!

 

Humanitarian Aid Working Group


 

 

December 12, 2014

Dear friends,

As 2014 winds to a close, I look back on the year behind us and beyond. 

Back in November of 2013, when people were starting to gather on Maidan, none of us could imagine what would come next: war, destruction, and thousands of innocent lives shattered at the whim of the aggressor. 

Last year was a difficult one.  But it also managed to make us more whole than we could ever imagine.   Through pain and suffering, it has forged our true national identity. 

2014 has brought some major political changes to the world, but it has also brought personal changes for every one of us.  Like all of you, we have spent the last months glued to the screens of our computers and TVs, looking for updates on the news from back home.  Some of us had to drop some "friends" on Facebook, we finally truly grasped who our real friends are.  But the most important change was that in these difficult times, we have never felt more Ukrainian, more whole than we are today.  I will not be mistaken to say there were never more Ukrainians here in this state than there are now.  I have met some of them: they come from all over.  Some are Ukrainian-speaking, some speak Russian, and there are those that speak neither, but what unites us all is our love for our home country, our worry about its future, and our desire to help. 

We have come together as a community this year.  From meetings to support Maidan and cultural events like Shevchenko and Ukrainian Independence Day celebrations, Barvinok Dance Ensemble’s 10th years anniversary gala concert to youcaring.org campaign to raise money for C-A-T tourniquets, we have raised $59,500 this year to help Ukraine.  From the bottom of my heart, I thank every one of you for your support.  The detailed report can be found here.

This year was a year of rapid change.  For Ukraine, for the world, but also for our organization.  Ukrainian Association of Washington State was founded in 1971 as primarily a cultural organization.  Today, we are taking on a new role of fundraising to help Ukraine overcome this humanitarian crisis, and to win its war against the aggressor. 

This means we have to learn as we go, and implement some organizational changes along the way. 

I am happy to report we have set up a Humanitarian Working Group to drive process of fundraising and distributing aid to Ukraine.  Among other things, it has already implemented some procedures to ensure most effective distribution of funds. The main goal of the working group today is to organize the transfer of donations we have received so far, including the proceeds from our recent event, the gala concert of Barvinok Dance Ensemble.  The working group has already been successful in partnering with Patriot Defense Initiative of the Ukrainian World Congress – the effort that purchased 301 C-A-T tourniquets for inclusion into the first aid kits for Ukrainian soldiers and volunteer battalions, provided to them along with the essential tactical medicine training. Before the end of year, all the remaining funds will be sent to Ukraine for the benefit of the army and those who have suffered from the Russian aggression.

 We can guarantee that:

1. 100% of your donations will go toward helping Ukraine .  As a volunteer organization, we are fortunate not have any overhead. All your donations will go directly towards purchasing supplies or otherwise helping those affected by the war.

2. We will treat your money with respect.  We will choose our partners/beneficiaries carefully.  Unfortunately, there's a whole industry growing out of Ukraine's distress - people selling and reselling donated goods, the counterfeit market, people getting kickbacks for placing orders, etc. etc.  We promise to do our research and invest your money very carefully, with our ultimate goal, of course, being to get the most impact for every dollar spent. 

3. We will be 100% transparent.  We will post reports on where/how the money was spent, and provide you with photos, videos, and thank you letters from those we help.  We will also provide regular updates on our fundraising results, as well on how/where/when the money was spent.

4. We will provide thank you letters and tax receipt forms.  Many of you have already received those for our last fundraising campaign. Since we did not have the system in place at the beginning of our fundraising earlier this year, we ask you to contact us at info@uaws.org.  This includes those people who have donated goods or services for the auction held during the Independence Day celebration. 

The truth is, it is going to be a long struggle.  It is going to be a long war, and even after it is over, there's going to be a long a difficult path to recovery.  Ukrainian people will need every little bit of help they can get.  And we will be here for them, our brothers and sisters.  We will not stand back and look at our native country being shattered into pieces.  We are going to do everything in our power to lend a hand.

We are asking for your continued support. 

We are also asking for your help and expertise.  Spread the message, talk to your friends and colleagues, repost our Facebook posts, offer your skills.  We are looking for connections across the state, representation in churches, major employers (particularly those offering donation-matching programs), as well as help with expertise.  Website developers, lawyers, artists, writers, stay-at-home moms - there's work for everyone.   We are also open to your suggestions and ideas.  Please contact info@uaws.org directly. 

If you cannot offer your time, please help by donating to PayPal account on UAWS website or by sending checks directly to:

UAWS

PO Box 82901

Kenmore, WA 98028

 

There are 100,000 Ukrainians in the Washington State.  Spread the message, let us all join together because only together we will make a difference!

Thank you all. 

Glory to Ukraine!

 

Sincerely,

Petro Drohomiretskiy, President of the Ukrainian Association of Washington State

 

 


 

 OUR PROJECTS

 

 

As YouCaring campaign #1 LIFE SAVING TOURNIQUET, C-A-T has come to an end, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for your donations.  Your donation will help save lives by providing critical first aid with C-A-T Tourniquets for Ukrainian service men and women, emergency personnel, and civilian population affected by conflict in the East of Ukraine.

As UAWS is 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, your donation is tax-deductible.  We have sent out the thank you letters and tax receipts to all our donors whose information we had on file.  If for some reason you haven't received a thank you letter and a tax receipt yet, please let us know, and we will forward them to you.

Together we have managed to raise $10,440.00 and have purchased 501 tourniquets for our heroes!

Initially, the money went straight into the PayPal account of ARMY SOS , but as money started coming in, their PayPal account was shut down.  Unfortunately, PayPal has a very strict policy on fundraising for foreign military, and they periodically flag/shut down the accounts of organizations associated with doing so.  This is why in the midst of our YouCaring campaign we had no other choice but to switch ARMY SOS's account to UAWS PayPal account.

 This is how the money was spent.

        ARMY SOS purchased 200 C-A-Ts on EBay using $3,600.00 that went directly to their account. (Invoice from ARMY SOS)

        The remaining $6,840.00 went into UAWS account.  After PayPal fees, we got $6,693.11 to spend on C-A-Ts.  After carefully considering all the purchasing options, we decided to purchase 301 genuine C-A-T tourniquets directly from the manufacturer and distribute them through the PATRIOT DEFENSE. (Invoice from the North American Rescue LLC)

The benefit to distributing C-A-Ts through PATRIOT DEFENSE is that not only will they be inserted in NATO-style medical kit that will also contain other important lifesaving supplies such as chest seals and Celox, but Patriot Defense-backed certified medical specialists will be on hand in Ukraine to provide the soldiers getting those kits with very much needed medical training on how to use them.  If you ever held C-A-T in your hands, it is not easy to figure out what to do with it even when you have time and patience on your hands, now imagine doing it while wounded, under the enemy fire. (Video)

Right now the tourniquets have arrived to Ukraine, but we will be providing further photos/videos of soldiers receiving their kits and the medical training.

Once again, thank you all for your contributions! Together we are making a difference!

Photo from ARMY SOS

 

    Photo from PATRIOT DEFENSE (New Jersy, USA)

 

Photo from PATRIOT DEFENSE (Kyiv, Ukraine)

 

 

 

Please use the Association account and send your money for support Ukraine:

          using PayPal

   

          Make check payable to UAWS with a memo "Support Ukraine" and sent to this address:

 UAWS, PO Box 82901, Kenmore, WA 98028

 




OUR DONORS

 

We are working on a database our donors now.

 

 

 

 

  

PHOTO GALLERY


 

 

 

 

 

   Freedom to Nadiya Savchenko!

   May 11, 2015 

  General Consulate of Russia in Seattle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Freedom to Nadiya Savchenko!

   February 9, 2015 

  General Consulate of Russia in Seattle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

     Freedom to Nadiya Savchenko!

   January 26, 2015 

  General Consulate of Russia in Seattle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Flesh Mob "We are with you, Ukraine!"

   August 22, 2014 

  Gasworks Park, Seattle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Seattle Maidan VІI

   March 2, 2014 

  Seattle Center, Seattle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Seattle Maidan VІ

   February 23, 2014 

  Seattle Center, Seattle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Seattle Maidan V

   January 26, 2014

  Seattle Center, Seattle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Seattle Maidan ІV

   December 11, 2013

  St. James Cathedral, Seattle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Seattle Maidan ІІІ

   December 4, 2013

  Westlake Park, Seattle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Seattle Maidan ІІ

   November 28, 2013

  Gasworks Park, Seattle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Seattle Maidan І

   November 24, 2013 

  Red Squer, UW, Seattle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO


Meeting to support EuroMaidan

January 26, 2014

 

 

 

Meeting to support EuroMaidan

November 28, 2013

 

 

Meeting to support EuroMaidan

December 11, 2013