As Ukraine continues to struggle against the Russian invasion, local organizations and individuals are doing what they can to help.
Three fundraising and/or spiritual events are scheduled for Sunday, March 13. A Southwest Florida author whose illustrator is trapped in Ukraine will share a quarter of her book’s proceeds with humanitarian efforts.
Collier County Public Libraries programming has added an Eastern Ukrainian egg exhibit – pysanki – to the Central Avenue location in Naples. Churches and synagogues raise funds which pass through their own humanitarian organizations or through humanitarian organizations working in Ukraine.
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That means there are plenty of ways to support the efforts, starting with several this weekend:
Sunday March 13, events
9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Lely Presbyterian Church will hold a conversation with a soldier in Ukraine during his 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. Through connections made at a Ukrainian prayer vigil, the church will participate in a live uplink with the soldier, cousin of a Naples resident.
The service will include prayers with and for the soldier. The church raises funds to send to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to help refugees crossing the Ukrainian border into Poland.
Tax-deductible donations can be made at www.lelychurch.com or lpcnaples.org.
The church is located at 110 St. Andrews Blvd., Naples. Phone: 239-774-6151
- 4 p.m. Parish Hall, Trinity by the Cove Episcopal Church. Members of the Philharmonic of Naples are organizing a concert to benefit Save the Children’s efforts in Ukraine. There is a concert and a reception, with a voluntary donation. All money goes to Save the Children, for children in Ukraine. Donations can also be made at Trinitybythecove.com
The church is at 553 Galleon Drive, Naples. Phone: 239-262-6581.
- 4 p.m. St. John’s Episcopal Church. Camerata of Naples donates a portion of the ticket sales from his concert to the International Rescue Committee, rescue.org, a humanitarian aid organization for Ukrainian refugees.
At this concert: Grieg’s “Holberg” Suite, as well as music by Tartini and Mozart. $40. Reservations requested at 239-596-8404; pay at the door.
The church is at 500 Park Shore Drive, Naples. Phone: 239-261-2355
Continuation of fundraising efforts
- Temple Beth El in Fort Myers is soliciting donations to help with humanitarian relief, evacuation, resettlement and security for Ukrainians. The World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) has created a special crisis fund to provide assistance.
To contribute online, go to wupj.org. Mailed donations go to WUPJ at One W. Fourth St, Suite 517A, New York, NY 10012.
- the Naples branch of the Ukrainian National Women’s League of Americawho spearheaded events within the local Ukrainian-American community, directed donations to the following three organizations here:
Ukrainian Women’s National League of America, or unwla.org, distributes funds to Ukraine’s four military hospitals and to the International Association for Medical Cooperation (AICM), a French non-governmental medical aid agency based in Kyiv. Its 700 volunteers help in Kiev, Kharkiv, Poltava, Dnipro, Zaporizhzhia, Odessa and Luhansk.
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Rasomor RazomforUkraine.org, a non-profit organization, responds to emergency needs, among others within the framework of its mission in Ukraine.
Risen soldiers Ukrainersukraine.org, is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides medical and humanitarian aid to injured Ukrainian veterans.
Ukrainian exhibition, art
- Pine Island author Paulette LeBlanc donates 25% of sales of her children’s book, “Toofer and the Slaughter”, to support care.org in Ukraine, where the book illustrator lives.
Dmitriy Morozov, the illustrator, is based in Dnipro, Ukraine, which is currently under attack by Russian forces. The donation is made for all books purchased in March through its website, tooferandthegiblet.com.
The book contains stories of a long-standing friendship between the two main characters, written by LeBlanc and illustrated by Morozov. It is offered to children aged 6 to 10 and emphasizes the values of friendship, honesty and integrity.
- An exhibition of locally created pysanki, the intricately decorated and hand-dyed Ukrainian Easter eggs, will be at the Naples Regional Library9 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday until March.
The library is located at 650 Central Ave., Naples. Phone: 239-252-5135
Harriet Howard Heithaus covers arts and entertainment for the Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com. Contact her at 239-213-6091.