How to help Ukraine from Syracuse: St. Patrick’s Day, Ukrainian style and other events
Syracuse, NY – The door barely had time to close at the Ukrainian National Home this week.
Each evening, dozens of volunteers prepare traditional Ukrainian dishes to sell after the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday. On Wednesday, they made 1,200 pyrohy (potato dumplings). Thursday was holubsti (cabbage rolls).
On Wednesday, the club also collected supplies to ship to Ukraine. Every week since the start of the war, boxes of food, medical supplies and diapers have been stacked to the ceiling before being trucked to New Jersey and then shipped to Poland.
St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser sales and Lenten fingerlings every Friday (including today) help Ukrainian cultural organization send aid to Ukraine. The St. Patrick’s Day event runs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the house. The frying starts at 4:30 p.m. and continues until 7 p.m. every Friday of Lent. To pre-order, go to the house’s website and click on the fry poster. To donate supplies for Ukraine, drop-offs are Wednesdays 6-9 p.m. or Saturdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m. They are located at 1317 W Fayette St., Syracuse, NY 13204. Phone number: 315-478-9272.
- The Syracuse branch of the Ukrainian Federal Credit Union has set up a fund that will go directly to aid in Ukraine. There are no online donations. For more information, call the branch at (315) 471-4074 or stop by 211 Tompkins St. and tell them you’d like to donate to the “Ukraine in Our Hearts” fund.
- West Genesee High School students collect supplies and money to send to Ukraine. They ask for toiletries, blankets, toothpaste, soap, canned food, clothes and socks. Boxes or bags of supplies can be dropped off at the high school, located at 5201 W. Genesee St, Camillus, NY 13031.
- The First Ukrainian Pentecostal Church of Camillus is accepting online donations that will go directly to humanitarian aid for refugees in Ukraine and medical supplies for Ukraine. To make a donation, go to the “Announcement” section of the website and click on “Donate to Ukraine”.
- People can make an online donation to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the United States through this link. This money goes to humanitarian aid.
- Heritage Hill Brewery has a new beer, Ghost of Kyiv. For every beer sold, $2 will go to Ukrainian aid until the lot is sold out. The brewery is also hosting an event this Wednesday where 20% of all sales will go to a fund to help Ukrainian refugees, owner Dan Palladino said.
- The Ukrainian American Youth Association in Syracuse collects humanitarian aid for Ukraine. Donate at this link.
- Beer Belly Deli is hosting a Pints Putin fundraiser on March 23 from 5-10 p.m. $2 from every pint sold will go to Ukraine relief. Rent from Ben, a University Hill rental company run by Ben Tupper, is sponsoring the event and will donate $1,000 if there are more than 200 drinks sold.
Many downtown businesses raise funds and also accept donations:
- Anatoli Truskalo, owner of Photograffi Studio at 181 Walton Street, screen prints and embroiders shirts to raise awareness and generate donations for his home country. Before opening his photography studio, Truskalo created clothes. He has taken out of warehouses objects containing symbols and sayings in favor of Ukraine, and sells them in his studio. Proceeds from sales – and donations – will go to Ukrainian women and children living in Ukraine and fleeing the country.
- Cathy’s Cookie Kitchen sells blue and yellow “Cookies for Ukraine”. Owner Cathy Pemberton will donate all proceeds to Jose Andreas’ World Central Kitchen (WCK), which helps feed Ukrainian refugees
- Orbis Lounge, a restaurant and bar in Hanover Square, is donating 10% of its sales to help Ukrainian refugees until tonight.
- Antique Underground at 124 E. Jefferson Street will donate 10% of all store and antique show sales this weekend. Antique Underground is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Peace, Love and Cupcakes are also collecting items to donate to the Ukrainian National Home in Syracuse. Items such as medical supplies including first aid kits, gauze, gloves, bandages and other items continue to be in high demand. Peace, Love, and Cupcakes, located at 121 W. Fayette Street (map), is open Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Projex214, a menswear retailer located at 211 E. Water Street (map), donated 40 pieces of clothing (30 pairs of pants and 10 shirts) to the First Ukrainian Pentecostal Church.
- Hanover Square’s Prontofresh and Evergreen restaurants donated a portion of their profits to the Voices of the Children Foundation.
- The Syracuse Cooperative Market in the Salt City Market is accepting donations for COOP Ukraine and will donate up to $1,000.
Here are some other suggestions from members of the Ukrainian community in Syracuse for places to donate:
- Ukrainian Congress of America Committee fundraiser to support humanitarian efforts in the country. The funds will be used to purchase pharmaceutical and medical kits. Donate at ucca.org.
- International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) The International Committee of the Red Cross provides shelter, food, first aid training and humanitarian aid around the world. The group has been supporting Ukrainians for nearly a decade and as the crisis continues, it is supplementing comfort kits for individuals and families in need. Donate to the ICRC on its website.
- United Help Ukraine: This non-profit organization, based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, works to help those on the front lines to protect Ukraine, as well as the families of those who have been injured or killed, and those who have had to leave their home. To do this, United Help Ukraine focuses on fundraising events and awareness of the Ukrainian crisis. For more information and how to help, click here.
- Revived Soldiers Ukraine: Revived Soldiers Ukraine is a non-profit organization that works to provide assistance to the Ukrainian people “in support of their basic human rights and the medical rehabilitation of Ukrainian soldiers”. Its website lists various ways to help the organization, which can be found here.
- Children’s voices. The Ukrainian organization’s Charitable Foundation helps provide psychological and psychosocial support to children affected by armed conflict, according to its website. Voices of Children’s efforts to support children include art therapy, video storytelling, providing mobile psychologists and even one-on-one family support.
- Sunflower of Peace: The non-profit organization raises funds to prepare first aid medical tactical backpacks for paramedics and doctors on the front line. Each backpack is designed for groups of 5 to 10 people and includes a range of first aid supplies, such as bandages, anti-hemorrhagic drugs and medical instruments, according to the organization’s Facebook page.
Organize another event or fundraiser for Ukraine, or a story idea, text or email me: Marnie Eisenstadt E-mail | 315-470-2246.