These groups raise funds and awareness by appealing to the wide range of interests and utilizing the diverse skills in Jamestown. The list of groups and contact person for each group are available here. JURP invites you to join one or more of these groups or to contact us about a group you would like to start. We need your ideas and energy!
Community Visibility - Betsy Parsons: firstname.lastname@example.org
A key part of our work is to keep concern for Ukraine active and visible in our communit(ies). Early on, Ukraine flags were a part of that evolving effort. We continue to search for new ways to engage the community and recruit supporters and volunteers. Betsyparsonsjt@gmail.com
Sunflower Initiative - Karen Buetens: email@example.com The sunflower, the national flower of Ukraine, has become a symbol of solidarity with the Ukrainian people. Last year’s Sunflower Family Festival in August was a wonderfully successful community event, bringing Ukrainian Americans and Ukrainian refugees to Jamestown for a celebration of Ukrainian Independence Day and Ukrainian culture. We are planning for a repeat this coming August.
Talks and Informational Presentations - Jan Krause Greene: firstname.lastname@example.org
Arranging talks and speakers to increase awareness of humanitarian issues in the Ukraine crisis
Refugee Hosting and Support in Jamestown - John Andrews: email@example.com
Our goal is to help with the hosting and support of Ukrainian refugees who have been displaced by the invasion of Ukraine. We are also looking into ways to support Ukrainian orphans who are being sheltered in our “sister” city, Ustron, Poland.
Aid to Ustron, Poland - Ewa Wright: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ustron is a small town in Poland currently supporting 1500 refugees, including 230 orphans/foster children. Ewa is a long-time Jamestown resident from Ustron and has direct contact with people in the town, including the mayor. She has recently visited the town and the program that is taking care of displaced Ukrainian orphans. This group has organized special gifts and letters to be sent to the children, and is in the process of setting up a pen-pal group.