This desire to take action also resulted in a request for the Foundation to organise concrete initiatives to help the affected population. In response, the Foundation launched a fundraiser reserved for UniCredit Group employees in favour of three associations (Save the Children, UNHCR, Red Cross) providing support to the Ukrainian population.
The amount donated by employees was matched by the Foundation.
The initiative, which began on 28 February and ended on 15 March, collected 4,314 donations from colleagues, who were able to choose which organisation to allocate their contribution to.
Overall, employee donations and the Foundation’s matching raised a total of €845,674.
EMPLOYEE DONATIONS AND THE
SAVE THE CHILDREN
The staff and volunteers of Save the Children distributed food, water and hygiene kits to displaced persons on the Romanian-Ukrainian border and at refugee centres.
In Poland and Romania, Save the Children also provided childcare services, including targeted support for unaccompanied and separated children, psychological and social support as well as access to legal services.
Often putting their own lives at risk, Red Cross teams have worked tirelessly on the ground to help families in danger. They have provided food, heating fuel, medicines and housing support to displaced families across Ukraine, including in Mariupol. The Red Cross has provided first aid training in subway stations and fallout shelters, overseen the evacuation of people with disabilities, distributed basic necessities to people seeking shelter from bombing in fallout shelters, intervened to reunite separated families and identified areas contaminated by unexploded devices.
UNHCR (United National High Commissioner for Refugees)
Thanks to the work of its teams operating across Ukraine and in neighbouring countries hosting refugees, the UNHCR has provided protection and humanitarian aid, including emergency shelters, the reconstruction of bomb-damaged houses, cash assistance, and various types of protection including psychological help and aids against the cold such as thermal blankets.