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Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Giving Tuesday - Worthy Ukrainian (and other) causes to support

After the excitement of Black Friday and Cyber Monday subsides, along comes Giving Tuesday. Also known as the Global Day of Giving, or in Ukrainian Щедрий вівторок, Giving Tuesday encourages donations of money and/or time in support of charities and not-for-profit organizations.

But please don't fall victim to fakers.  There are many scam “charities” eager to take your money. So do your due diligence, please.

If you are short on time to do your own due diligence, but would like to participate in Giving Tuesday to help out a worthy cause or two, here are some that Nash Holos recommends supporting.

Ukraine War Amps 

The sole purpose of Ukraine War Amps is to assist Ukrainian soldiers and patriots that have been maimed or injured in the ongoing armed conflict in Ukraine. 100% of donations are sent to soldiers and their families. UWA Board members cover the operating costs. 

Volunteers on the ground within Ukraine have worked tirelessly to ensure the donations from over seventeen countries are delivered directly to the soldiers and families in need. Ukraine War Amps relies exclusively on the support of local and international volunteers to provide financial assistance to injured soldiers and families in Eastern Ukraine. 

For many Ukrainian veterans, accessibility to modern medical treatment and rehabilitation is beyond their financial means. Unfortunately, many of the Ukrainian soldiers lack the level treatment we receive in countries like Canada and never obtain adequate care for their injuries. Joined by hundreds of friends from all over the world the Ukraine War Amps community helps alleviate the burden placed on both soldiers and their families by providing a means of donating a monthly stipend, so that they can heal and live to the best of their abilities.

Hope Worldwide Ukraine 

HOPE worldwide invites you to join in and partner with them  to provide humanitarian aid and psychological assistance to children who received war trauma as result of military actions in Eastern Ukraine. 

The needs for psychological assistance of those who witnessed and survived the events of war are of utmost importance. Particularly, a focus has to be made on children, traumatized by war, since their experiences and skills to deal with stress, depression and panic will directly influence their chances for fulfilling lives.

HART – Humanitarian Aid Response Team

HART is dedicated to alleviating poverty and injustice in Eastern Europe by working in partnership with local Christian churches - giving them the tools to build a better world for themselves, their communities and their countries. 

Their goal for Eastern Europe: To empower the Nationals in Eastern Europe to rise up and respond to the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of their own communities. Their goal for North America: To inspire and provide opportunities for people in North America to get involved and truly make a difference in this world. 

Hart serves primarily in Ukraine and Moldova, and also in neighbouring Eastern European countries.

Joy Smith Foundation 

The Joy Smith Foundation works to ensure that every Canadian man, woman and child is safe from manipulation, force, or abuse of power designed to lure and exploit them into the sex trade or forced labour. 

The Foundation develops human trafficking educational programs and facilitates their implementation in Canadian schools. They provide training and educational materials to teachers, parents and volunteers to help them raise awareness of human trafficking in their communities. 

Canadian families are now being equipped with the knowledge they need to protect their children from predators, and Canadian youth are now recognizing the signs of being groomed by traffickers. Canadians are surprised when they learn how prevalent human trafficking is here in Canada, and traffickers are empowered by this public apathy.

CHLY 101.7fm 

CHLY is Nanaimo’s community/campus radio station. A volunteer-driven and non-profit radio station that broadcasts Nash Holos Ukrainian Roots Radio and other unique, independent, local programming. Make a one-time donation or get more involved with the station by becoming a sustaining donor.

Shevchenko Foundation 

The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko promotes Ukrainian Canadian Arts and History, and supports the Ukrainian Canadian Community. 

This national, chartered philanthropic institution strives to be a premier not-for-profit foundation inspiring community development in a Canada that acknowledges Ukrainian Canadians as nation-builders and a fundamental component of Canadian society. The Shevchenko Foundation respects the past, celebrates the present and promotes the future of the Ukrainian community in through inclusiveness, integrity, sustainability, spirit, excellence and innovation.

Ukrainian Churches

For centuries the Church was the bedrock of Ukrainian social activity as well as spiritual guidance and growth. In times past, churches often were funded by wealthy benefactors.

Today, like most charitable organizations, they rely on the generosity of their parishioners and outside supporters. Donations augment parishioner contributions as well as fundraising events such as perogy suppers and sales, bazaars, and zabava dinner dances, and ensure their continuity into the future. 

St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Parish, Nanaimo 
St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Parish, Parksville 
St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Parish, Vancouver 
Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Parish 
St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Parish, Montrea
St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Parish, Winnipeg

Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival

Become a member and/or a sponsor to ensure Canada's National Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin continues for another 53+ years of providing amazing Ukrainian entertainment, engaging activities for children, and promoting Ukrainian culture for future generations!

Ukrainian Canadian Cultural Society of Nanaimo 

This registered non-profit Society was incorporated under the Societies Act in 1986. The Society was established to preserve the Ukrainian culture through dance, food, music, language and traditions which would be remembered, shared and passed on to future generations. 

Their services include assistance and support for immigrants or those of Ukrainian descent new to the Nanaimo area, bazaars and Ukrainian food sales, Traditional dance classes through Vesna Ukrainian Dancers of Nanaimo, preservation of Ukrainian Christmas and Easter traditions, educational bursaries, language classes, replication of authentic costumes, pysanky (Easter Egg) workshops, and more. Membership is encouraged, donations gratefully accepted.

Toronto Ukrainian Festival 

In 1995, Toronto was twinned with Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, and to mark this occasion, the Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival was established. Originally known as the Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival, it has since established itself as one of the premier Ukrainian festivals in North America, attracting audiences of 500,000+ from across Canada, the US and abroad. 

Support one of North America’s premier cultural festivals, by volunteering or becoming a sponsor.  Call 416-410-9965 or visit their website.

Felshtin Society

Felshtin was a small, rural Ukrainian town that contained a Jewish community, or shtetl. Felshtin was located 78 miles north-northeast of Chernivtsy and 186 miles west-southwest of Kyiv, famous for its wooden synagogue.

During a brutal pogrom on February 18, 1919, an estimated 600 Jewish Felshtiners were massacred—about a third of the total Jewish population. On Yom Kippur, 1941, Nazis exterminated most of Felshtin’s surviving Jewish population. 

Today the town is known as Hvardiyske. 

Felshtiners who came to the United States established aNew York-based benevolent Society in 1905 to provide relief to survivors of the 1919 pogrom. The society also created and published a Felshtin yizkor (memorial) book in 1937, sponsored social events, a memorial in Israel, and maintained the Felshtin section of a Staten Island cemetery.

In 2019, the Society marked the centennial of the pogrom with a world-wide candle-lighting as well as a commemorative program in New York. Donations welcome to sustain research and the continuity of this enduring legacy of remembrance. 

U.S. based non-profit that organizes commemoration events and plants metasequoia commemoration trees at Holocaust killing sites throughout Ukraine. They also create local history museums and exhibitions in schools, and organize educational field trips to encourage students to take an interest in their local history and pass knowledge onto their peers.

All the knowledge gathered there is brought back to the United States, where they hold educational gatherings at schools, universities, nursing homes, community centers, and summer camps.

Ivan Franko Ukrainian Community Society

The Ukrainian Community Society of Ivan Franko in Richmond, BC is dedicated to promoting Ukrainian culture, values and heritage and sharing these with other communities.

The society holds monthly perogy suppers and weekly food sales, fundraising events such as Malanka (Ukrainian New Year), hosts cultural events, and cultural outreach. Membership is extremely reasonable, and members enjoy many benefits including access to an excellent lending library. Join, donate and/or volunteer.

Lubov Foundation  

Winnipeg-based non-profit run by the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate. 

Projects include The Home of Hope, a safe house for teenage girls whose sole purpose is protecting teenage girls from human traffickers who prey on girls who are pushed out of orphanages at age 16 with nowhere to go. 

The Home provides girls with life skills to equip them to live independently, and provides for their basic needs such as  food, clothing, medical supplies, health and emotional needs, and tuition for their education.

Jewish Rohatyn Heritage 

Rohatyn Jewish Heritage (RJH) develops and manages heritage preservation projects aimed at reconnecting the 400-year history of Rohatyn’s now-lost Jewish community with the people and places of the modern Ukrainian city. 

A major ongoing project is headstone recovery and cemetery restoration. Nearly all of the headstones disappeared from the cemeteries during and after World War II, due to the “harvesting” of Jewish headstones for building materials by German occupiers during WWII, and the erasure of Jewish and Christian cemeteries by Soviet authorities after the war.

Rohatyn has a rare opportunity for ongoing recovery of Jewish headstones discovered under streets and walkways, in old building foundations, along the riverside, beneath private gardens, and elsewhere. Since the beginning of the project, more than five hundred headstones and fragments have been recovered and returned to the Jewish cemeteries.

Vancouver Island Military Museum 

For more than a quarter century, the museum has assembled a truly impressive collection of military memorabilia and artifacts from the War of 1812 right through to Canada's involvement in Afghanistan. 

Examine life on the home front and the important work of the Red Cross, St John's Ambulance, the Salvation Army, RCMP and the critical role played by the Merchant Navy in war time. Follow the evolution of Women in the Armed Forces, from Nursing Sisters during the Boer War to present day operations in all branches of our Armed Forces. The museum is located in downtown Nanaimo's dynamic waterfront. Donations welcome and volunteers especially needed.

Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter 

The Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter is the longest standing rape crisis centre in Canada. It offers support to women who have experienced any form of male violence including rape, wife battering, incest, prostitution and sexual harassment.

Donations from the public are crucial as rape crisis centres in BC receive no operational funding from any level of government. The funds they do receive to operate their transition house from the Province of BC do not cover all of the costs of running the shelter. They rely greatly on charitable donations to assist women and their children get to safety and to carry out our equality seeking prevention initiatives.

Ukrainian Canadian Congress, BC Provincial Council

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (est 1940) is a non-profit organization which represents and speaks for Canadians of Ukrainian ancestry. It consists of provincial and local councils which represent cultural, educational, and religious groups in their respective areas. 

The British Columbia Provincial Council (UCC-BC) consists of four local branches – Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna and Vernon. Each local council in turn consists of member organizations such as cultural and educational societies, Ukrainian schools, performing and visual arts groups, and others.


The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) has been operating on behalf of the province’s most vulnerable animals for more than 120 years. 

The BC SPCA is now one of the largest animal welfare organizations of its kind in North America, providing a wide range of services including the enforcement of animal cruelty laws through investigations into cases of animal cruelty and neglect; sheltering and adoption of homeless, surrendered and abandoned animals; low-cost spay/neuter programs; youth programs, advocacy on animal-related issues including higher welfare standards for farm animals; wildlife rescue and rehabilitation and more. 

If you are not in BC, please support your local SPCA.

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