New Ukrainian support group registered as a nonprofit – Cranbrook Daily Townsman

Two local organizations are joining forces to support and help people fleeing Ukraine following the Russian military invasion that devastated the country.

The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies partners with the Shelter for Ukrainians Society — formerly an ad hoc committee formed by community leaders — which is now a registered non-profit society in British Columbia. Comprised of 11 members, the new society’s board of directors is led by Bonnie Spence-Vinge, a longtime educator and administrator as chair, and Marko Maryniak, a local lawyer, as vice-chair.

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is hitting very close to home,” Maryniak said in a press release. “My parents fled World War II and immigrated to Canada from Ukraine, like many others. They couldn’t have done it without help. Now it’s our turn to help those fleeing war in Ukraine and seeking refuge in Canada. We are very grateful to the Kootenay Rockies Community Foundation for their support.

The Shelter for Ukrainians Society will provide funds to individuals and families arriving at Cranbrook from Ukraine to meet needs such as transportation, housing, essential supplies, education, general welfare and l ‘job.

While the initial focus is on supporting individuals and families who come to Cranbrook and the surrounding area, there is opportunity to expand this support more broadly into the Kootenays.

The Kootenay Rockies Community Foundation (KRFC) has entered into a three-year agreement with the Shelter for Ukrainians Society. As a registered charity with the CRA, CFKR will accept donations, provide tax receipts, manage donated funds and disburse funds to the Society.

“CFKR is honored to work with the Shelter for Ukrainians Society to welcome these individuals and families to our communities,” said Michele Bates, CFKR Board Chair.

“A local donor has generously offered to cover CFKR’s 5% cost recovery/administration fee for the first $20,000 in donations. This means that 100% of these donations will be directed to this important community initiative.

Anyone wishing to make a charitable donation to the cause is encouraged to send a check (preferred) payable to “CFKR” noting “Ukraine” in the memo, to minimize administration costs. Electronic transfers can also be made to [email protected] (including “Ukraine” in the notes).

Checks can be mailed to CFKR at PO Box 242, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 4H8 or delivered to CFKR’s office in the ground floor coworking space at 131 7th Ave. S., Cranbrook. Cash donations can be dropped off at the same location. Credit card donations, which include an additional processing fee, can be made in the following ways link: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/71649

Virginia S. Braud