Newsletter #27: Winning the War on Two Fronts – Humanitarian Aid and Advocacy

Dear Razom Community,

In the two weeks since we last published a newsletter, an incredible amount of work has been achieved both in Ukraine and the states.  Razom’s Grant Program and Advocacy work took center stage.  After the huge wins of Ukrainian forces liberating large parts of occupied Ukrainian territory in the Northeast and East, the work of our Kharkiv based grantees went immediately into overdrive.  The amount of starvation, destruction, and violence discovered in the liberated areas follows a similar pattern we have seen throughout the entire invasion.  That’s why part of Razom’s Emergency Response has included partnering with over 100 Ukrainian NGOs on the ground who can immediately support the needs of civilians on the ground and grow into a force in the future reconstruction of Ukraine.  We’d like to spotlight the impact of a few of those organizations today, as well as give you an opportunity to donate to those targeted efforts directly (click on their links below).

  • Yellow Help is a charitable organization born out of a collaboration between a few Kharkiv entrepreneurs that includes a taxi fleet, a CRM, and a robust logistics operation that delivers food and medicine, runs an informational call center, and connects builders and constructors who are willing to volunteer to rebuild destroyed buildings and houses
  • Rescue Now is a charitable organization that’s aiding victims of russian military aggression across most of the Eastern Ukrainian region through evacuations, humanitarian aid, sourcing shelter, and procuring aid for the winter months such as heaters, generators, blankets, and warm clothes for the many people in the region without water, gas, and electricity.
  • Volonterska UA is a volunteer hub assisting residents of the Kharkiv region in a similar fashion but focusing on the most vulnerable populations such as the elderly, people with disabilities, and those turned destitute as a result of the invasion or occupation. 

If you want to dive into the heartbreaking stories of some of the lives impacted by this type of work, read our Updates post.  It follows a young man with broken legs to a family of three whose house burned down along with all their belongings.

Volonterska UA is currently running a special project, RELIVE, to renovate 1,700 basements in high-rise buildings across Kharkiv to be used as makeshift bomb shelters by equipping them with plumbing, electricity, and good ventilation.  Even though it doesn’t make it to the top of the news reel anymore, russia is bombing Ukraine almost daily and Eastern Ukraine and Kharkiv gets the brunt of that violence.  Help the volunteers of Volonterska (in partnership with the Youth Council of Kharkiv) to accommodate the safety of over 100,000 people in the city by donating to the project!  

Meanwhile stateside, there’s a certain support that Ukraine needs that only governments can provide.  That’s why Razom invested into building out an Advocacy team early on in the invasion.  We’ve reported on their incredible work in the past but this week their work came to a head as they took part in the first ever Ukraine Action Summit in Washington DC!  Razom, along with more than 34 other organizationsfrom around the US (and not only Ukrainian-American ones, check out the list here), convened in DC as part of the newly formed American Coalition for Ukraine to advocate for support to Ukraine.  More then 270 advocates attended the Summit and almost half were first-time advocates!  The participants of the Summit represented more than 35 states and more than 110 Congressional districts.  Overall, more than 130 Congressional meetings took place during the Summit, both in-person and virtually, and over a third of the members had the Member present themselves.

To learn more about the Ukraine Action Summit and the American Coalition for Ukraine, you can check out or check out the hashtags #UkraineActionSummit and #AmericanCoalitionForUkraine on social media. 

Even if you weren’t able to attend the Summit, don’t forget to add your voice to advocacy for Ukraine by calling your Representatives!  Here’s a primer on the latest Legislative Priorities for Ukraine in the US Senate. 

Saturday, September 24th @ 3:30pm, Bowling Green Park (Bull of Wall Street)
We won the battle of Kyiv, and now we liberated almost the entire Kharkiv region and parts of the Eastern and Southern Ukraine.  But the fight is far from being over.  Join us at Bowling Green to continue pushing governments all over the world to support Ukraine and remind them that the fight is not over!

Don’t forget to put these upcoming events on your calendar.  We’re super excited to announce something special coming to New York City this December for the holiday season. 

Representing New York City: 

  • On Saturday, September 24th, 6AM-6PM, New York Cycle Club’s 28th Annual Escape New York Ride (ENY’22) will have an opportunity to fundraise for Razom.  Use Code RAZOM2022 to save $20 on registration and donate $22 of the registration fee to Razom.  Riders who raise $500 or more will win a free jersey! For further details, visit
  • On Tuesday, September 27th at 6pm join us at an Art Party for A Cause! Traditional, NFT, and AI Art near Flatiron for an art exhibition and special guest EDM DJ. Register for tickets here
  • On Friday, September 30th, 6:00PM – 11:45PM Otto’s Shrunken Head in the Lower East Side is hosting another Benefit for Ukraine with a lineup of great music and all donations going to Razom. 
  • On Thursday, October 6th from 6:30-10PM the Ukrainian Institute of America is hosting the Sunflower Gala fundraising for Razom’s humanitarian relief work.  The evening will include a special menu designed by Veselka, and special performances by Pavlo Glyntov, Vira Slyvotzky, Alisa Smarichevskaya, and opera singer Ludmila Fesenko. 

Notes from Ukraine – 100 Years of Carol of the Bells @ Carnegie Hall! 

The concert on December 4, 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the first performance of “Shchedryk” by Mykola Leontovych—known more broadly as “Carol of the Bells.”  We will celebrate Ukrainian musical heritage through a beautiful variety of choral works sung by Shchedryks Children, choir of Trinity Church Wall Street, Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus, Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of NY, featuring special guests Janai Brugger and Marichka Marczyk.

The concert also features a new work by Trevor Weston with words set by Ukrainian poet Serhiy Zhadan and American composers with connections to Ukrainian culture – works by Eric Whitacre, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and more.

Notes from Ukraine is co-presented by: MFA of Ukraine, Ukrainian Institute, Razom For Ukraine, and Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival.

Thank you so much for reading this newsletter, for keeping up to date with Razom, and for your support of Ukraine.  We’re so glad you’re with us.

Stay razom.

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