March 25, 2022

Helping the people of Ukraine

Donating to Ukraine relief efforts?
GoFundMe has several vetted options

If you are like us, you are grieving and saddened for the people of Ukraine as they try and flee their homeland or stay and survive the unjust invasion and violence by Russia.

As a culture, the people of the United States are some of the most generous in the world. If you are wondering “through which organization can I trust that my Ukraine donation will reach the correct recipients?” we recently heard from a partner that GoFundMe offers a verified group of Ukraine relief efforts (national and international). Their site explains the levels of verification that are done before approving these kinds of funding platforms.

We encourage you to do your own research and check out GoFundMe as well as other donation sites with which you’re familiar, in support of helping Ukrainians stay safe and healthy.


photo of two women in masksJewish Family Service, San Diego Rapid Response Network:
Ukraine refugees

“Over the past week, Jewish Family Service of San Diego has begun serving families — mostly mothers with their children — arriving at the San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN) Migrant Shelter after fleeing the war in Ukraine. As with all of JFS’s Shelter guests from around the world, we are actively assisting with respite shelter, food, transportation services, medical care, and legal services as needed.”  For more information on the SDRRN Migrant Shelter and the assistance for Ukraine refugees, visit here.

Visit NPR-KPBS for an interview with Maryna about her journey with her two daughters from Ukraine to San Diego.


Update on SD for Every Child’s Guaranteed Income Pilot Project

As we have reported previously, AHF is thrilled to be supporting a local Guaranteed Basic Income project as an economic justice tool to help address the racial and gender inequities that impact the lives of children experiencing poverty. We are excited to share news from San Diego for Every Child that there are now 150 participating families who have received their first payment of $500. They will continue receiving this monthly income over the course of the next two years and they may spend, save or invest it as they want.


photo stan lewisIN MEMORIAM
Stan Lewis, Former AHF Trustee and Friend

It is with heavy heart, that we share the news of the passing of Stan Lewis. Besides having served as an AHF Trustee from 2012 through 2017, Stan had a long and diverse history of public service in San Diego. He served as a Trustee of the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts and was a former co-chair of the San Diego Pride board of directors.

Stan also previously served as vice president of the San Diego Democratic Club, president of Dignity/San Diego, and as a member of the Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board to the San Diego Chief of Police. He was previously Chief of Staff to former San Diego City Councilmember Valerie Stallings and a consultant to the City of San Diego Public Facility and Recreation Committee and was the former Director of HIV/AIDS Services for one of San Diego’s largest non-profit organizations. Academically, Stan completed his BA in Accounting and Economics from Howard University in Washington DC, and received his MBA in International Business from Bernard Baruch College, City University of New York.

Stan is deeply missed by all who were fortunate to know him.



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