Following are two opportunities to offer aid:
The United Church of Christ is appealing for support for refugees and for elderly and other vulnerable people who are displaced within Ukraine and unable to leave. As a member of the ACT Alliance, UCC support is being targeted to people most in need through humanitarian relief partners with a history of working in the region. Aid also is being extended through Hungarian Reformed Church Aid, the relief agency of the Reformed Church in Hungary. The UCC’s long-term relationship with the Reformed Church in Hungary is held through the Europe and the Middle East Office of Global Ministries.
UCC Appeal to Aid Those Unable to Leave Ukraine
Gifts made to UCC Ukraine Relief Fund will provide shelter, food, and other care to war refugees and internally displaced people. It also will help refugees and asylum seekers from African, Middle Eastern and other countries who had sought refugee in Ukraine and now are twice displaced, as well as other citizens of more than 125 countries living in Ukraine.
Uniting in prayer, action, and giving, we stand as a people of faith in love and compassion with the people of Ukraine and all who are affected, and with our global partners who are welcoming those driven from their homes.
Find out more and donate here
Local Church Drive to Aid Those Displaced to PolandFirst Church of Marlborough (Congregational) UCC in Massachusetts is gathering funds for Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees fleeing to Poland. The church's pastor, The Rev. Dr. Kazimierz Bem, is leading the effort to work with the Diakonia of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Poland (www.diakonia.org.pl), which is helping the 360,000 (and growing) refugees who have fled to Poland (mainly women and children), and with the Diakonia of the German Lutheran Church in Ukraine, centered in Kharkiv. Help is given by Diakonia to people regardless of their religion or lack thereof.
The Marlborough church has sent $4,000 to date. Churches that would like to take up collections are asked to let the Marlborough church know by March 21 how much they have collected, and that amount can be added to the next transfer being sent. Individuals who would like to contribute can send checks by March 21st to the Marlborough church with "Ukraine relief" in the memo line, or can contribute online at: https://www.faithstreet.com/church/first-church-in-marlborough-ucc-marlborough-ma/giving.
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