You helped raise $163,998.30 to support cooperatives in Ukraine!

CDF is working with organizations in Ukraine to begin distributing funds to meet the immediate needs of internally displaced Ukrainians.

As of April 4, 2022, donors to the CDF’s Disaster Recovery Fund raised an additional $31,336.78 to support the immediate and ongoing needs of Ukrainian cooperators. With the generous match from Frontier Co-op along with donations from the National Co+op Grocers match, we raised $163,998.30 together. On behalf of Ukrainians, Дякую! Thank you! 

The Cooperative Development Foundation and NCBA CLUSA are thrilled to announce that HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Portland, Michigan, has stepped up with another inspiring match. Challenging rural electric cooperatives to join this effort, HomeWorks has pledged a 100 percent match for all donations up to $15,000 made by 11:59 pm EDT on Saturday, April 30, 2022.  

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Update from Ukraine

Over the past two weeks, CDF has worked with two organizations in Ukraine—COOP Ukraine and PARD—to begin distributing funds to those in most need.  

COOP Ukraine is actively involved in arranging for accommodations and meals for internally displaced Ukrainians. The hostels of cooperative educational institutions and homes of cooperators, when possible, are being used to house internally displaced Ukrainians. COOP Ukraine has also joined the government’s relocation program to move businesses and enterprises from combat zones to safer regions. 

“The supply of goods is complicated. In order for cooperative stores to function, we need to change logistics, suppliers, look for alternative suppliers, provide security for our employees and much more,” said Illia Gorokhovskyi, chair of COOP Ukraine’s Board of Directors. “The most important thing now is saving people’s lives.” 

“The most important thing now is saving people’s lives.” – Illia Gorokhovskyi, chair, COOP Ukraine’s Board of Directors

PARD is currently providing support to two shelters in Vinnytsia and coordinating first aid training with the Vinnytsia Regional Center for Emergency Aid. With our support, they will be able to provide assistance to two additional shelters that are located on college campuses.  

Co-ops for Ukraine 

Support the effort with an online donation or by sending a check to CDF at 1775 I St. NW, 8th floor, Washington, DC 20006 indicating Disaster Recovery Fund in the memo line. Your donation today can help CDF provide Ukrainian cooperatives with immediate and ongoing support through CDF’s Disaster Recovery Fund. 

About the Disaster Recovery Fund 

The Disaster Recovery Fund helps cooperatives and cooperators get back on their feet after disasters or other emergency hardship situations. 100 percent of money donated to the Disaster Recovery Fund will go to support cooperatives. CDF does not charge an administrative fee for management of the Fund. In the last five years, the Disaster Recovery Fund has provided over $500,000 in grants to cooperatives, families and communities affected by disasters in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Uganda, and Ukraine 

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