As the conflict in Ukraine continues, many IGA retailers and shoppers have asked how they can support Ukrainians in need. The IGA USA team has been in contact with Eurocash, the largest wholesaler in Poland and an IGA licensee with nearly 3,000 Ukrainian employees. Their foundation, the Eurocash Group Foundation, has been working tirelessly since the conflict began to help their employees and families.
"Our main concern is to help them get their families to safety in Poland," Pedro Martinho, a Eurocash shareholder and executive vice president, says. "We were already able to reunite 400 families, providing them with transport, essential goods, and a place to stay."
The Eurocash Group Foundation efforts include:
- Creating housing platforms for refugees & arranging temporary accommodations
- Recruiting employees' family members who are willing to work
- Donating food & products to local charities & mobile grocery stores that visit border towns daily
- Providing significant financial aid to various groups, like the Polish Red Cross, who is routing money to Ukraine's Red Cross
- Opening a helpline with Ukrainian-speaking operators to answer questions & funnel support requests
- Set up a cross-functional crisis management team to coordinate all Foundation efforts
- Developing a process to employ refugees for positions within at Eurocash, including a language & job training program
Eurocash Executive Vice President Pedro Martinho shares the efforts the Eurocash team has made to aid Ukrainian refugees.
How You Can Help
To aid the Eurocash Group Foundation in their efforts to help Ukrainian refugees, IGA USA is raising money that will go directly to the Eurocash Group Foundation, and will match donations up to $10,000.
Whether you or your store would like to contribute or if you organize a fundraiser to allow your shoppers to contribute, IGA USA will route your donation directly to the Eurocash Group Foundation (EGF). Write the check to IGA, Inc., and include a note in the memo that it is for EGF or Ukraine.
c/o Ukraine Fundraiser
8745 W. Higgins Rd. Ste. 350
Chicago, IL 60631
All donations go directly to the Eurocash Group Foundation.
Want to read more about the Eurocash Group Foundation's efforts in Ukraine? Read IGA Poland Retailers Aid Ukrainian Refugees.
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