In a fundraising event held Wednesday, March 23 and organized by faculty and staff, over $5,000 was raised for Ukraine relief! The money collected goes directly to the CYM (Спілка Української Молоді) translated to Ukrainian-American Youth Association, an educational scouting organization with chapters globally, including Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, and Germany. 

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, twelve million Ukrainians have been forced out of their homes and the funds raised will help Ukraine and neighboring countries toward humanitarian aid in the form of medicines, baby formula, diapers, food, water, and help with evacuation and resettlement of refugees.

The event was coordinated by Dr. Christina Bobesky, a second-generation Ukranian-American who has extended family in the Ukraine who are currently sheltering due to the conflict. It was sponsored by The Mosiac Center and Assistant Dean for Student Life Tiffany Varlaro.

Opening Remarks were provided by Cazenovia College President David Bergh, a performance by local ODESA Ukrainian Dance Ensemble showcased Ukrainian culture. Dr. Jess Essary gave educational lessons about Ukraine, explained the symbolism of sunflowers and how to talk with children about war. President of the Human Services Club, Caley Wiltsie, mobilized students to make bracelets for sale with assistance from the College’s Inclusion Program, Project Reach, and Art and Design students. Morgan Parella, Brittany Brown, Jenny Tumble and their fellow Mental Health Counseling graduate students collected and donated baked goods and raffle items. Program Director and Professor Anita Welych discussed recent news, and student organizations CAB and SGA facilitated sidewalk chalk drawings and provided a lighted flag on the quad to raise awareness on campus.

Cazenovia College is grateful for the campus community coming together to support this cause and the effort that contributed to the success of this event.