Supporting Ukraine in 2022
As 2022 comes to a close, we wish our supporters a safe and healthy New Year. In our warm, safe homes in Seattle and other parts of America, it’s easy to forget the sacrifices of those brave Ukrainian soldiers and civilians on the other side of the world who are fighting for freedom and democracy. But we will not forget them.
We look forward to celebrating Ukraine’s victory with all our supporters in 2023 and wanted to take a moment to reflect on our achievements this year – which would not have been possible without support and commitment from our members!
In 2022, UDS has
- Provided 13 vehicles, 7 generators – $68,000 total to Ukraine!
- Supported 3 military units
- Met with 4 US lawmakers
- Participated in 19 events
- Over 160 members and countless organization allies
- Partnered with the International Legion Fund, the official registered Ukrainian nonprofit supporting the International legion of Ukraine.
Check our Facebook to view details of the equipment we have purchased (typically in Poland), how it is prepared and shipped to Kyiv, where our partner org, the International Legion Fund, distributes it directly to the front line troops.
To support the troops with more equipment, donate by using the button above. We supply pictures and info for donations, upon request.
Building Support for Ukraine Through Community Events
This year, our team partook in local Seattle community services. From park cleanup and tree planting, to building relationships with US lawmakers critical to support for Ukraine. Our members met with Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and built relationships with US Reps Kim Schrier and Adam Smith. We are very grateful for their continued support for Ukraine.
We have had the privilege of promoting Evgeny Afineevsky’s new documentary, “Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom.” We promoted showings in Los Angeles and New York within the Ukrainian community and participated in a local showing here in Seattle.
We attended rallies and protests to encourage greater support for Ukraine and resist those misled who are in favor of negotiation with Russian terrorism.
We commemorated the Holodomor Famine Genocide with Ukrainian Association of Washington State and the University of Washington. We sample recipes from famine times, many made from grass, bark and other scavenged items. It was a sobering experience to see what the Ukrainian people endured in the 1930s…and a reminder of what they are experiencing now.
We honored our own veterans here on the home front in numerous gatherings and parades.
We built allyship within our community with our Polish and Finnish brothers and sisters, with events at Dom Polski and Nordic Museum.
We thank you all for your support in 2022. We look forward to working with you in the new year. We would love to see you at our meetings. Please stay tuned on social media to see what we have in store for 2023.
How to Get Involved
We are looking for event trackers, cooks and food preparers, social media managers, Ukrainian translators, and helpers who would like to make phone calls to form alliances! Don’t hesitate to share with us about your skills, talents, or interests – we have a place for you and could use your help!
- Facebook facebook.com/UkraineDefenseSupport
- Instagram instagram.com/UDS_Seattle
- Twitter twitter.com/UDS_Seattle
Ukraine’s amazing perseverance and bravery in the face of seemingly-overwhelming odds is an inspiration to all of humanity. The leadership of UDS thanks all members, allies, donors and others helping Ukraine in its existential struggle. It is an honor to work with you on this, the right side of history. Slava Ukraine!
-Carl, Anton, Jeff, Pam and all the other committed leaders at UDS