Albany Co. Bar Association Pres. urging colleagues and others to donate to the Ukrainian refugee fund

CAPITAL AREA, NY (News10) – Amid the unspeakable spike in violence in Ukraine, calls are being made for help for Ukrainian refugees.

Capital Region lawyer Matt Barry not only donated to the United Way Refugee Fund, but encouraged his colleagues and others to donate as well.

“We feel the pain at the pump. And these are people who are literally homeless,” Barry said.

Barry is a married father of two daughters and, like many of us, he is heartbroken watching the reports of bombings and violence in Ukraine. “When you see the evening news, you remember how lucky we are. And we have an obligation to help our citizens of the world.

He wanted to raise money for refugees and as president of the Albany County Bar Association, he felt he could use his platform to ask others in his field to join him.

To ensure that donations go directly to refugees, he contacted Peter Gannon, President and CEO of the United Way of the Greater Capital Region. Centraide has set up the United For Ukraine fund to support its trusted partners in the field.

“And these are all organizations that have been audited. They are on the front line providing direct humanitarian aid to Ukrainians fleeing the violence,” Gannon said.

Immediate support will cover:

Food and medicine
Essential childcare supplies including infant formula and diapers
Hygiene kits, etc.

Of course, you don’t have to be a lawyer to make a donation. Anyone can donate by texting UKR on 41444 or clicking here: United For Ukraine Fund

As for Matt, he encourages us all to rally our own friends and colleagues to help us as well.

“I have already received a flurry of emails from members of the Bar Association and my firm. Including one from my firm that has ties to Ukraine. He is half Ukrainian and still has family in Ukraine. I am very grateful for what United Way is doing.

There are many other organizations that fundraise for refugees. Here is a link to help you donate safely to charities:

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