The Greensboro Jewish Federation is joining an international campaign to provide support to vulnerable citizens living in Ukraine.
In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Greensboro nonprofit has joined The Jewish Federations of North America's $20 million emergency campaign to provide humanitarian assistance.
Marilyn Forman Chandler, executive director of the Greensboro Jewish Federation, says the funding will help provide critical support where it is needed most.
"The money that we raise will be used for temporary housing for displaced persons, emergency hotlines, emergency needs like food, clothing, medicine, trauma counseling, the purchase of satellite phones," Chandler says.
According to the Federation, there are about 200,000 members of Ukraine's Jewish population spread throughout that country.
Chandler says the relief effort is part of the Greensboro Jewish community's longstanding commitment to aiding refugees around the globe.
"We understand what it is to be a people who is displaced, or persecuted and to then become refugees," says Chandler. "And we applaud President Zelensky, who is Jewish, for doing all he can to stand up for his people."
Along with an initial donation from the Greensboro Jewish Federation, 100 percent of additional contributions will be distributed through the North American federation and its partners.