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Mainers find ways to send aid and support to the people of Ukraine

Bangor Daily News

Two months into the war in Ukraine, many Mainers are actively working to help those who are displaced or suffering. We’ll hear from people and organizations across the state about ways to send donations and support, as well as what’s most needed for the people of Ukraine.

Elizabeth McLellan, president, Partners for World Health
Curtis Picard, president & CEO, Retail Association of Maine

VIP Callers:
Anna Stasiv, nurse practitioner from Ukraine, working with Partners for World Health to send aid to Ukraine
Jane Field, executive director,Maine Council of Churches
Dr. Hermann Haller, president, professor, MDI Biological Laboratory
Alya Kiiashko, from Ukraine, attendingCollege of the Atlantic
Louisa Edgerton, personal manager, Now You're Cooking in Bath

Below are the links and information on ways to help that were mentioned on today’s program:

Members of the DaPonte Quartet and pianist Diane Walsh are playing a concert for which all proceeds will go to Partners for World Health’s Ukraine Emergency Response, a mission to provide desperately needed medical supplies to millions of internally displaced Ukrainians. The concert will include music of Schumann and Brahms.

Sunday, May 22, 3 pm
Freeport Meetinghouse Arts, 40 Main St. Freeport
Tickets available at the door, pay what you wish donation.
Masks and proof of vaccine required.




My son has lived in Severondonetsk in Eastern Ukraine for seven years. He, his Ukrainian wife and infant daughter had to abandon their apartment and eventually escaped into Poland. He knew volunteers who drive cars, vans and buses into bombed cities and deliver food to folks in bomb shelters and evacuate people. We have raised over $150,000 dollars but have spent more ,sending the money to these volunteers who use it to buy diesel fuel and food. So far this money has helped the volunteers evacuate over 9000 people.
If people would like to donate they can go to GoFundMe and look for Help Me Help Brian which was set-up by one of his Cony High School classmates.
For pictures of the bombing damage and the volunteers helping evacuate people look at the Facebook page of Brian Milakovsky.Donations can be sent to a GoFundMe site called Help Me Help Brian.


I am an artist. Painted a painting for Ukraine from which I made cards I am selling Also wood and paper pins made to sell for fundraising. Cards are $5 and pins are $10. All proceeds going to a Ukrainian orphanage. Available via call to 845-866-7414 or via email at claudiarostiart@gmail

The Gallery in Readfield is hosting a reception this Sat. 10-2 featuring Ukrainian pastries and the art of Harpswell painter Margaret Leonard. Funds raised will be channeled through Rotary International Disaster Relief Funds. On-the-ground use is led by local Rotarians; Rotary is taking no administrative overhead for donations. The Gallery has already raised funds for Ukraine with a poetry reading earlier this month.


Liberty Graphics is currently running a benefit for the Doctors Without Borders program in Ukraine. $1 from every Sunflower & Bees T-shirt of tea towel sold will be donated to the cause. In March, one hundred percent of profits from the same design were donated to DWB - over $7500!



Through an online community bulletin board on Facebook called Accommodation, Shelter and Help for Ukraine, I messaged two women (sisters) that had just arrived in Germany after fleeing with their children. This bulletin board is for refugees looking for places to flee and for people in neighboring countries offering rooms or homes to them. They connect through this board. In order to find someone (or some few) to help, I followed this board and waited to find families that found a home to relocate to. They immediately posted when they found a home, and that they were no longer in need of shelter. This is when I decided to reach out to them on my own to offer to help them in some other way, given that offering to host is not an option. With some back and forth messaging, they agreed for me to help and we started conversing daily.


Your listeners might like to know that they can support Ukrainians at the Art for Ukraine event in Damariscotta
Over 70 artists have generously donated original art.
100% of the proceeds are going directly to Doctors without Borders or Save the Children
Sale hours are 10 to 4 this Friday and Saturday!
Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust - (old Round Top Farmhouse), 3 Round Top Lane, Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543

Free Sunflower seeds available at The Quoddy Tides office and the Perry Farmers’ Union (thanks to Sandra Pottle and Bobbie Lehigh).

Maine Council of Churches - http://mainecouncilofchurches.org/2022/03/our-member-denominations-respond-to-the-crisis-in-ukraine/

We Stand With Ukraine Children’s Book - https://www.littlelambdabooks.com/where-to-buy

Meest – Gifts for Ukraine - https://us.meest.com/humanitarian-aid-packages-for-ukraine

United Help Ukraine - https://unitedhelpukraine.org/

Concert in collaboration with UNICEF – May 15 – in Winthrop (Contact the town of Winthrop for more information)


Thanks to all who offered suggestions. Please email talk@mainepublic.org if you have any questions or need additional information.

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