Past Programs and Projects

FOOD DRIVE FOR UKRAINE - In January 2015, 1.5 – 2 tons of non-perishable food items were collected and shipped to Kyiv through UUARC, and distributed to those living in Eastern Ukraine.


The Collection sites in the Philadelphia area included the Ukrainian Educational & Cultural Center and The Ukrainian League of Philadelphia.

За межами можливого: aпарат транскраніальної мікрополяризаціі -

12 січня Філією ЗУАДК-у в Украіні було передано апарат транскраніальної мікрополяризаціі для Геріатричного Нейрореабілітаційного Центру ДУ при Інституті герантологіі ім. Д.Ф. Чеботарьова Національної Академії Медичних Наук Украіни.  Цей апарат було закуплено  в США ЗУАДК-ом. Кошти були зібрані українською громадою Америки, а саме: танцювальний ансамбль ‘Громовиця’ з парафіянами УКЦ св. Володимира та Ольги в Чікаґо, ($4,000), Зоріана Молтан та парафіяни УКЦ Святого Миколая у Вотервліет, Ню Йорк,($2,000). До сьогодні в Украіні таких апаратів було два. Згідно останніх даних транскраніальна мікрополяризація має високу ефективність в реабілітації пацієнтів, які перенесли черепно-мозгову травму та інсульт. Такі апарати є надзвичайно необхідні для лікування воїнів з АТО.

HELP FOR A YOUNG UKAINIAN HERO - While opening a donated package marked “medical” at the Kyiv Maidan, 20-year-old Roman Dzivinskyi lost his left arm at the elbow and the fingers on his right hand when the package exploded. Additionally, the shrapnel from the explosion caused injuries to his face, arms, chest, eyes and lungs. It was only by the Grace of God that he survived.


Roman was treated in Lviv and Poland and finally arrived in Philadelphia for more medical treatment with a hope of acquiring a bio-mechanical prosthetic hand and arm.


Unfortunately, before Roman’s treatment was completed, his visa expired and he had to return to Ukraine. Through many appeals for help, Touch Bionics, a manufacturer of prostheses in the United Kingdom agreed to help Roman.  


On December 29, 2015, Roman recieved his bio-mechanical hand! Thanks to all of our donors, this young man is resuming a more normal life.


The actual attachment took place in Lviv in a specialized clinic. The total cost of this undertaking, including the prosthesis, all assessments, therapy, measurements, and fittings was $60,000.


Roman posted the following on his Facebook page:


"Greetings to everyone, friends! I want to thank everyone for the present I received with the New Year. This is the best that could be.  I received a new prosthesis which I have already used to write, eat, do different work at home and even drive an automobile! I am very deeply grateful to all who contributed to my treatment and prosthetic!!!

Thank you for the prosthetic, which was paid for by the Ukrainian-American community of the United States through the efforts of the "United Ukrainian American Relief Committee" (UUARC or ZUADK) and thank you to the official representative of Тouch Bionics Ukraine, LLC "Stalmed." 


"Всім вітання друзі! Я дуже хочу всім подякувати за подарок на Новий Рік. Це саме найкраще що могло бути,мені поставили новий протез з яким я вже пробував писати,їсти,робити різні роботи в дома і навіть їздити на машині. Я дуже сильно вдячний всім хто долучився до мого лікування і протезування!!!
Дякую за протезування, що оплатили Українсько-Американська громада США за старанням «Злученого Українського Американського Допомогового Комітету» (ЗУАДК) та офіційного представника Touch Bionics в Україні ТОВ Стальмед.

Roman Dzivinskyi expresses his gratitude through thank you letters for the tremendous effort UUARC contributed to his treatment through its many gracious contributors.

WOUNDED SOLDIERS RECEIVE AID - Bishop Basil Tuchapets, OSBM presented financial help to wounded soldiers at the ATO military hospital in Kharkiv that was collected by Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church located just outside of Boston, MA.

FARM AID PROGRAM - UUARC feels it is imperative to revitalize the agrarian benefits of Ukraine, formerly known as the "breadbasket of Europe", using the existing natural resources and the growing entrepreneurial spirit. Based on this premise, we have researched the areas in Western Ukraine where there is very little in the way of industry, and the land lies unused.  We have carefully selected three villages where there is sufficient land and work force available, where we have established trial farm co-operatives.  This program ultimately addresses two issues vital to the Ukrainian population: the issue of feeding the people and the issue of fiscal independence.


SHOES FOR UKRAINE- Thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Halyna Utrysko, UUARC was provided with a golden opportunity to obtain 8,000 pairs of adult, teen, children’s, and infant's shoes for shipment to Ukraine. The shoes were stored in a warehouse in the Wisonoming section of Philadelphia. In three days, several dedicated volunteers took the time to unpack, sort, count, itemize and repack 8,000 pairs of shoes into sealed, marked cartons for shipment to Ukraine. The volunteers began their arduous task on Saturday March 1, 2008, and in a relatively short time the UUARC crew did the impossible. By Wednesday evening March 5, 2008 deadline, 190 cartons of shoes were packed, individually labeled, counted and otherwise signed, sealed, transported and stored at UUARC headquarters on Cottman. The UUARC volunteers who did the impossible were: Ihor Bilynsky, Darka Fedak, Roman Iwaskiw, Halyna Karpchuk, Oleh Kondrat, Stefa Kozak, Marijka Kozak, Melania Kozak, Dmytro Luciw, Yury Nakonechnyj, Larissa Nysch, Luba Siletsky, Sofiya Sydoryak, Alanna Watters, Alexa Watters, Andrea Watters, David Watters, Motrja Watters, Andrew Zalucky.


VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM - For disadvantaged children was established in 1993 in 11 youth homes in Western Ukraine with USAID fundign and jointly administered by World Learning, Inc. and UUARC.  It is now a self-sustaining program.


EYEGLASS PROGRAM - Started in 1997 in 13 eastern regions of Ukraine.  Over 10,000 orphans were examined and received new perscription eye glasses they otherwise could not afford.


CHERNOBYL PROJECT - In existence since 1990.  This project is a resettlement effort for individuals living in the Chernobyl area.



  • over 50 universities in Ukraine have been provided with complete sets of Encyclopedia Britannica
  • 50 small printing presses were funded
  • over 10,000 books, 1,000 Webster's Dictionaries, and 20 computers were donated to schools and libraries


In November 1998, one of the worst floods of the century devastated the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine and Romania. UUARC, as a charitable organization, helped the affected families and individuals who lost everything in this natural disaster. UUARC collected, through the generosity of the Ukrainian-American community, over 300 parcels and $70,000.00 in financial aid. The parcels were sent via container - $20,000 were sent to the Ukrainian community in Romania, $20,000 of the relief funding was transferred to Transcarpathia by the Director of UUARC’s Lviv office, Dr. A. Dyda, and the balance ($30,000) was delivered to Uzhorod by the Executive Director of UUARC, Mr. Stefan Hawrysz. 


In August 2007, Nova Odessa a city in Eastern Ukraine, was totally devastated  by heavy rains and floods. Humanitarian Aid parcels were prepared and shipped by UUARC.  This project also lead to the opening of a soup kitchen.


In July 2008, the western oblasts in Ukraine (Ivano-Frankivsk, Lvivska, Chernivetska, and Vynnytska) were hit by calamitous floods destroying many homes and villages. Immediately the UUARC began a campaign to collect funds for the devastated victims. Overall, the UUARC collected $116,500, which the UUARC office in Lviv distributed to individual flood victims. Contributions of $10,000 were made by: Bayonne Ukrainian Home Foundation, Self-reliance New York FCU, and SUMA Federal Credit Union.

H1N1 FLU EPIDEMIC - In November 2009 Emergency Aid in the form of 1,000,000 masks and 12,488 bottles of hand sanitizer were flown to Ukraine for distribution in the Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Ternopil oblasts. Total cost of aid: $75,000.00.


KRASNODON MINE ACCIDENT - Unfortunately, accidents in the coalmines of eastern Ukraine are not a rare occurrence.  Each incident is both a national and a personal tragedy, leaving behind devastated widows, bereft parents, and hundreds of orphaned children. The 1999 explosion in Krasnodon, near Luhansk, was one of the worst in mining history, with 80 dead and seven injured.


UUARC responded immediately, by sending $16,700 ($200 per family of the deceased, and $100 per family of injured miners), before even appealing to the community for donations. The director of the UUARC’s Kyiv office, Vira Prynko, personally delivered this aid to the families of the victims. Not even the government of Ukraine, which promised aid to the families, had given them anything by the time Ms. Prynko visited them.


Thanks from Krasnodon poured into our offices, and again, the Ukrainian American community responded from the heart.


COAL MINING ACCIDENTS - Unfortunately, accidents in the coal mines of Eastern Ukraine are not a rare occurrence, but each incident is both a national and a personal tragedy, leaving behind devastated widows, bereft parents, and, most tragically, hundreds of orphaned children.


In November 2000, the mine explosion in Krasnodon, near Luhansk, was one of the worst in mining history, with 80 dead and seven injured. UUARC responded immediately, by sending $16,700 to be distributed ($200 per family of the deceased, and $100 per injured one), before even appealing to the community for donations. The money and the first aid was personally delivered to the families of the victims, by the Director of UUARC’s Kyiv office, Ms. Vira Prinko.   Even the government of Ukraine, which promised aid to the families, had not given them anything by the time Ms. Prinko visited them. Those assisted in Krasnodon have expressed their sincere gratitude.