Metropolia Humanitarian Aid Fund Report 2022

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2022 Pray. Inform. Help.

I thought I would come to Ukraine and see great depression. Yes, I see sadness and pain, but I am impressed by the vitality, hope, and solidarity of Ukrainians. I see Ukrainians who do not allow evil to have the last word. Light will overcome darkness. Life will defeat death. There is no depression in Ukraine, there is hope.

Today Ukrainians bring great hope to the world! Your nation has united and stood up to this unjust Russian invasion. In your resistance, we see hope for the future.

Seeing the situation and speaking to people who are affected by the war I was deeply moved by the strength of Ukrainians, their resilience, and their profound faith.

Throughout a short visit to Ukraine, we kept running into Catholic intellectuals who have a deep competence and commitment in their field and who have a beautiful Catholic formation and spirit of the Catholic mission. They are making a difference. They are a leaven of the Gospel in the public square, and they can engage a secular world in the spirit of truth and charity.

- Cardinal Timothy Dolan Archdiocese of New York, NY
- Archbishop Timothy Broglio President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Ukrainians have united the world. Their sacrifice for freedom and Godgiven human dignity, their love for truth and social justice, and their heroic witness and fearless solidarity are inspiring people of goodwill globally. Millions of Ukrainian citizens are radically incarnating the Gospel virtues as they imitate Christ on the Way of the Cross enroute to a victory over death in the Resurrection.

People in the United States and throughout the world are generously contributing to address the humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine and to help the Church heal the traumas — personal and social, material and physical, spiritual and psychological — caused by a ruthless and lawless invasion and documented war crimes.

The Fund has raised over $8.6 million. It received gifts of just under $24,000 in January 2022 with the Russian threat looming. In February 2022, after the full-scale invasion, donations increased 842% to more than $200,000. The outpouring of love and generosity reached its peak in March with $2.8 million in donations. April saw an additional $1.8 million of contributions.

Donations continued through the remainder of 2022 and continue in 2023, albeit at a lower rate.

Invasion. Resilience. Solidarity.

Goal of the Metropolia Humanitarian Aid Fund

100% of the contributions donated to the Fund, created by the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, Eparchy of Stamford, Eparchy of Saint Nicholas in Chicago, and Eparchy of Saint Josaphat in Parma, go to support humanitarian aid projects and organizations as well as Church institutions.  The Fund addresses the humanitarian crisis created by the invasion as well as prepares to respond to the long-term injury and damage which will remain.

A b o u t t h e F u n d
"No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends."
- John 15:13




General Aid Fund


Future Rebuilding of the Church in Ukraine Fund


Kyiv Mobile Hospital Fund


Archbishop's Discretionary Fund



Regions receiving aid from the Fund

C o l l e c t i o n a n d D i s t r i b u t i o n
A r e a s o f F o c u s Logistics $494,232 Emergency Food Assistance $631,924 Church Ministry $674,607 Medical Aid $1,696,284 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) $2,931,798 4 65 INITIATIVES SUPPORTED* *Supported by the General Aid Fund

After the full-scale Russian invasion, 14 million people were forced to leave their homes, moving either to other regions in Ukraine or other countries. Supporting IDPs was a top priority of the Metropolia Humanitarian Aid Fund.

In 2022, the Fund provided $2,931,798 (46% of all distributed funds) to help the IDPs and institutions that accommodate them. It worked in cooperation with Caritas Ukraine, the Patriarchal Curia and its Charitable foundation “Mudra Sprava”, the Ukrainian Catholic University, Ukrainian Greek Catholic eparchies, and other Church partners. Together they have engaged in evacuations, provided shelter, food, and clothes for IDPs.

I n t e r n a l l y D i s p l a c e d P e r s o n s ( I D P s )

4,607 IDPs

Evacuated from southern & eastern Ukraine

5 Church Centers

Supported for service of IDPs

20,000+ IDPs

Served - housing, food, hygiene, and transportation

6 Shelters

Built and/or renovated

1,500+ Young Adults

Participated in "Wind of Hope" Festival

We evacuated more than 4,000 people from the most dangerous areas of Ukraine and were able to provide help to the refugees, to organize food supply to the refugees in Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Odesa, and other big cities affected by the war.

Thanks to the Metropolia Humanitarian Aid Fund we were able to enhance our local Caritas branches in Chernivtsi, Ivano-Frankisvk, Kolomyia, and Kyiv, which serve as humanitarian hubs and service centers providing help to IDPs and those in need.

In early autumn, we learned that there is a temporary shelter for people from the east and south of Ukraine in the Patriarchal House in Lviv (residence of Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk). A warm, comfortable, and home atmosphere is a huge support for us. We have new genuine friends. With the priests, we pray for our victory. Your love, mercy, and charity strengthen our faith in victory.

- Rev. Lyubomyr Yavorskiy Head, Charitable Foundation “Mudra Sprava” - Tetiana Stawnychy President, Caritas Ukraine - Tetiana Astapova Kharkiv region

The need for medical aid which was felt from the beginning of the full-scale invasion remains critical. Disruptions in production and delivery of medicine and medical supplies continues. The Fund was able to deliver medicine, medical equipment, and first aid kits to serve the wounded soldiers and those in need with the help of the well-developed logistics of the Ukrainian Catholic University and partnerships with charitable organizations such as "Free and Those Who Care", the Volunteering and Helping Center, "Wings of Hope", local medical institutions, and others with whom the Church has previously worked. .

$1,696,284 of medical aid was distributed.

13,000+ Hemostatic Bandages and Gauze


9 Hospitals

Supported with medical equipment and medication

200 Traumatic Brain Injury Kits

Sent to hospitals

11,000 Tourniquets


165 First-Aid Kits

Distributed in rural areas

1 Operating Room Stocked and funded

600 External Bone Fixation Devices


12 Vacuum Assist Closure (VAC) Devices*


3 Anesthesia Machines

Supplied for hospitals

10,600 Medical Kits Dispersed

*Used for wound closure treatment

M e d i c a l A i d

Every day we receive new requests from all regions of Ukraine, and thanks to you, the recipients receive the necessary medication and medical equipment! You are a vital link in the chain of life that connects Ukraine and the world and brings our victory closer.

Our hospital received three anesthesia machines. This equipment was urgently needed for the treatment of our wounded soldiers. The surgeons will be able to safely perform abdominal-thoracic surgeries, and the anesthesiologist will be able to give full-fledged anesthesia.

We thank our partners around the world for their comprehensive support. Please do not get tired. Be with us. Stand up for us.

Every day I pray to God for the good people around us who help and for the war to end as soon as possible.


120 Military Chaplains

Assisted in their ministry to soldiers and their families

137 Medical/Hospital Chaplains

Supported in their ministry to wounded soldiers and civilians

Collaboration with His Beatitude Sviatoslav

To help with Patriarchal humanitarian aid projects

300 Priests and Religious

Aided in Odesa, Donetsk, Kharkiv exarchates, and Kyiv Archeparchy

Thanks to the Metropolia Humanitarian Aid Fund, we were able to assist our military chaplains. The Ministry of Defense has reserved 91 positions in the military for chaplains who belong to the Ukrainian Catholic Church. We make sure that our chaplains are involved full-time and are well-prepared to serve the soldiers and those affected by the war.

Our donors and partners help us to serve and heal the war wounds of the people of Ukraine who are defending their freedom.

Our monastery of St. Basil in Kherson, led by Fr. Ihnatiy Moskalyuk, remained open throughout the Russian occupation providing spiritual and humanitarian help to the people until the city was liberated by the Ukrainian army.

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The Ukrainian Catholic Greek Church (UGCC), with more than 4 million faithful and over 3,000 parishes in Ukraine, has been assisting IDPs, soldiers, and those who lost their loved ones since the war started in 2014. After the full-scale Russian invasion, churches and church infrastructures (pilgrimage centers, retreat houses, monasteries, etc.) served as humanitarian centers providing spiritual assistance, food, medicine, and clothing.

In 2022, the Fund provided $674,607 to support the Church ministry in Ukraine.

December2022-ArchbishopTimothyBroglio,PresidentoftheUnitedStatesConferenceofCatholic Bishops,visitsBucha.

Due to the Russian invasion, one in three families are food insecure. The Metropolia Humanitarian Aid Fund provided $631,924 to feed more than 100,000 people.

The Fund cooperated with its partners, the charitable foundations “Mudra Sprava”, “Letterarium Cupidus”, “Centrum Wolontariatu I Opeki Ukrainy”, and Church entities: Odesa and Kharkiv exarchates and Stryi eparchy to supply food to the hungry throughtout Ukraine.

E m e r g e n c y F o o d A s s i s t a n c e 11

25,440 Emergency Food Kits

Distributed in Chernihiv, Sumy, Poltava, Kharkiv, Kirovohrad, Zaporizhzhia, Kyiv, and Chernivtsi regions

100,000+ Individuals

Provided with food

Supported Parish Soup Kitchens

To establish and expand operations

Distributed Food

In the bombed cities of Kharkiv and Odesa


In 2022, the Metropolia Humanitarian Aid Fund provided $494,232 for logistical assistance.

Logistical support plays an instrumental role in this war and in the territories liberated from Russian occupation. The Fund cooperated with Caritas Ukraine to help transport humanitarian supplies from eastern and western Europe to Ukraine and purchase necessary equipment for warehouses.

L o g i s t i c s 13

80 Truckloads of Humanitarian Aid

Delivered by Caritas Ukraine

2 Warehouses

Funded for Caritas Ivano-Frankivsk and Caritas Kolomyia

6 Vehicles

Bought for delivery of humanitarian aid

Accounting and Logistics Software

Provided for warehouses

D o n a t i o n s b y S t a t e 0 $600,000 $1,200,000 $1,700,000 15











$806, 349

Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, TX


Archdiocese of Boston, MA


Diocese of Harrisburg, PA

$400,000 Catholic Extension Society


Archdiocese of New Orleans, LA

$350,000 Catholic Charities USA


Archdiocese of Mobile, AL


Diocese of Paterson, NJ


Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church in Boston, MA


United Jewish Appeal (UJA) Federation of New York

A b o u t O u r D o n o r s

Dear benefactors and all people of goodwill in the United States of America,

On behalf of the people of Ukraine, I would like to thank you for all the generous donations provided through the Metropolia Humanitarian Aid Fund of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in America. Your solidarity helped our Church to survive, to continue, and to expand her ministry, serving Ukrainian people during these dark times of war.

The Metropolia Humanitarian Aid Fund was among the first donors who provided our Church with resources for immediate relief projects for the people of Ukraine. Your kind assistance enabled our priests and religious to continue their devoted service in the frontline territories, often under direct threat to their lives. With your support, our parishes and monasteries in eastern and southern Ukraine distribute humanitarian aid to people in need and serve as shelters of hospitality. Religious communities in western Ukraine take care of displaced people, providing them with shelter, meals, and spiritual and psychological support in these challenging times.

During this Great Lent, our whole Church is praying and fasting for the victory of Ukraine. We also pray for all our benefactors asking God to reward you a hundredfold for all your efforts and to give you strength for further service.

His Beatitude

the Ukrainian Greek

L e t t e r o f G r a t i t u d e

I am happy that we in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston have been able to support our Eastern Catholic brothers and sisters who are in need as we pray for the restoration of peace in Ukraine.

This is an epic struggle of “David and Goliath” as Archbishop Borys Gudziak has so often said. And this longing for freedom is known to the people of the United States, Lebanon, Ukraine, and so many others.

The Ukrainian Catholic Church’s response to their homeland in its hour of need has been nothing short of remarkable. It has been our privilege to support their inspiring efforts to help families and Ukraine’s most vulnerable this past year. They have made us all proud to call ourselves Catholic when we see the good that is being done in the name of our Church.

It is a privilege to support in any way we can because we also receive so much from the people in Ukraine. God bless our sisters and brothers in Ukraine.

Bishop Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn, Maronite Catholic Church
ThankyouforyourgenerosityWewelcomeyourcontinuedsupport! METROPOLIA HUMANITARIAN AID FUND Ukrainian Catholic Metropolia 810 North Franklin Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123