Since the beginning of the war, UCU has raised over USD 3,000,000 for the victory of Ukraine
According to the UCU official website, during the third month of the war, in cooperation with benefactors and long-term partners of UCU, the University provided humanitarian assistance to Ukraine in the amount of 6 643,813. 56% of this amount was used for medical needs, 14% – for the purchase of food, 13% – in support of displaced persons.
Another part of the funds was spent on protective and safety equipment for our soldiers, transport services, and so on. In general, since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of the territory of Ukraine, thanks to benefactors UCU provided assistance in the amount of more than three million dollars to those who are in need.
"The entire civilized world is now on a greater frontline. And our greater frontline consists of smaller ones. UCU is also a small front that helps the Ukrainian army win. Our students are a powerful energy. From the first days of the full-scale war, they try to be where they are needed: some are engaged in volunteering, others help displaced people, and others work on the medical front. There are many challenges, but our response is also effective. Humanity has realized how dangerous Russia is, and if Ukraine does not stop it, this disaster can spread to the whole world. Thank God that we have such defenders – brave Ukrainian soldiers who stop the spread of this evil. Thank you, dear partners, for your comprehensive support: financial, informational, and humanitarian. Don't get tired, shout to the whole world that Ukraine needs help. Stay with us. Stand by us! May the Lord bless you, Ukraine and our soldiers, " UCU rector Fr Bogdan Prah said.
UCU Volunteer center continues its activities on the humanitarian front.
During the third month of the war, the center's volunteers received various types of aid, in particular, food from Poland, medicines from a permanent partner — the French Plast cell, as well as 3 tons of medicines and medical supplies from the Union of Ukrainian organizations of Australia (tourniquets, bandages, first-aid kits, defibrillators, etc.). 1,280 packages of dry rations were transferred from Loyola University (USA), and 1,800 sleeping bags were transferred from the Ukrainian Congressional Committee of America. All this assistance from the UCU Volunteer Center was sent to the military and doctors.
By order of the Volunteer Center, 250 fleece jackets and 230 sets of underwear were sewn for our defenders. The community of the Ukrainian Catholic University handed over one Isuzu SUV to the Ukrainian military on the front line. Rector of UCU Fr Bohdan Prach blessed the car and our soldiers.
UCU students continue to work on the manufacture of thermal accumulators and this month handed over 1,423 units to the military.
Since the first days of the war, the government of UCU students has been actively volunteering, collecting and purchasing protective and protective equipment and tactical medicines. During the 3 months of the war, students sent more than 500 packages to our defenders. The government's volunteer headquarters works in cooperation with such organizations as Plast, Lviv Volunteer Medical Battalion and the Charity Foundation together for Ukraine.
Several trips with humanitarian aid to the city of Kharkiv and the Donetsk region were carried out over the past month by members of the student organization "United Ukraine", operating at the Ukrainian Catholic University.
In cooperation with the charity organization "Center for volunteerism and protection", the UCU has established the process of purchasing and transferring the most necessary food products for civilians and military personnel in Kyiv, Zhytomyr, Chernihiv, Sumy, Poltava, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Luhansk, Kherson, Mykolaiv, Vinnytsia, Zaporizhia, Luhansk, Ternopil and Lviv regions.
Since the beginning of the war with the support of the UCU Center for Volunteering and Protection maintains three shelters for internally displaced persons in Lviv, where people stop temporarily to relax and plan their route further. Here they are provided with basic services and necessities.
In the provision of medicines, and medical and tactical supplies to both military and civilians throughout Ukraine, our key partners are the charity organization Center for Volunteering and Protection and the charity foundation "Wings of Hope".
The UCU Volunteers' Hundred transferred a number of important medical, technical and security equipment to the needs of military and medical institutions. In particular, these are tourniquets, hemostatic bandages and dressings for military personnel; medicines, medical supplies, gas masks and antidotes for medical services and military medics, etc. The Volunteers' Hundred imported and transferred more than 3 tons of food to places on the front line.
Teachers of the Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy are engaged in volunteer work to provide technical rehabilitation equipment to hospitals in Ivano-Frankivsk, Borynia, where wounded civilians and military personnel are treated.
In cooperation with paramedics of the near rear, experimental samples of tourniquets are being tested, which are manufactured by a volunteer group of the Faculty of Applied Sciences.
Students and employees continue to volunteer in other initiatives, in particular, they bake cookies and make energy bars, write letters with children for the military, weave camouflage nets, work with displaced children, in geriatric boarding houses and institutions for children with disabilities, and are active in their communities.
This month's special project was "Operation Ship-a-Bear", organized by volunteers from the United States Jodie Gutierrez and her son Justin. They passed toy bears from American children to Ukrainian children through the UCU. American schoolchildren sign postcards with words of support, which are attached to each bear, and we pass them on to the children of displaced persons who suffered from the war. The first batch of toys was given to children who lived in the UCU shelter.