May 12, 2022

They’re coming to America – today! Nonprofit urges Americans to open their hearts, homes to Ukrainian refugees

Uniting for Ukraine program supported by

After the United States announced it will welcome as many as 100,000 Ukrainians fleeing their homes from Russia’s bullets and bombs, the nonprofit UkraineNow urged Americans to open their hearts and homes to the displaced families for up to two years.

“Russia has turned their homes and businesses into battlefields, not safe for Ukrainian women and children. While most of the men stay and fight, their families are running for their lives trying to find somewhere safe to live and work until the war is over,”

said Artur Kiulian, founder of the nonprofit

“We hope people across the country will remember we are ultimately all immigrants to this land, and strongly consider sponsoring some of these desperate refugees.”

Any citizen or organization can sponsor a Ukrainian family which has applied to come to the U.S. in a new program called Ukraine. The program, which is being administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, requires citizens to declare their financial support and pass security background checks. Hosts will be required to show proof of vaccination and pass other public health requirements, vetting and security checks.

More than 12 million Ukrainians have fled their homes since the start of the invasion on February 24, 2022. UkraineNow is already helping hundreds of people find refuge here, including Natalia Kirillova and Maksym Blyzniuk and their six-year-old son Tymer Blyzniuk who suffers from Cerebral Palsy. The nonprofit is trying to find donors to pay for expensive tools and therapy to strengthen Tymer's legs while also searching to find the family a place to live in Los Angeles.

Learn more about sponsoring a Ukrainian family or making a donation. The proceeds are used to evacuate and relocate refugees from the war.

About UkraineNow is a global initiative based in Los Angeles. The 501©3 nonprofit was created within hours of the Russian invasion on February 24th, 2022 to mobilize volunteers worldwide to help evacuate Ukrainian children, the elderly and those with disabilities from the war zone. Today, UkraineNow has more than 2,000 volunteers. 

The Ukrainian Ambassador to Mexico Oksana Dramaretska endorsed UkraineNow in April, 2022 as an agent of information and education about the crisis. 

California State Senator Josh Newman (D-29) supported UkraineNow’s fundraising efforts with a Certificate of Recognition on April 30, 2022.

MEDIA: UkraineNow founder Artur Kiulian is available for interviews about Americans sponsoring Ukrainians in the Uniting for Ukraine program.

Publicist Deborah Sherman of JackTracy Marketing, Denver

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