Local nonprofit donates $55,000 to support Ukrainian refugees in Poland

Posted at 10:17 PM, May 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-02 20:57:10-04

TROY, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Polish-American Federal Credit Union was founded by refugees trying to escape communism in Poland, so they feel it’s not only their desire but their obligation to help the people of Ukraine.

“Monday morning, we will be sending $55,000 directly to the Poland Red cross,” PAFCU President John Swidwinski said.

In one month, the PAFCU was able to raise the money with the help of its customers and a match from the financial institution.

“It shows how strong our support our Polish and Ukrainian community within our area here will help to help the Ukrainian refugees in Poland,” Mark Reaume, a chairman on the board, said.

Swidwinski says the war in Ukraine hits close to home, literally and figuratively for his community.

“The history of Poland and over the centuries the subdivision and the invasions and incursions that have happened, we certainly have a large degree of sympathy for what’s happening in Ukraine right now," Swidwinski said.

The PAFCU will continue to financially support Poland's efforts to help the people of Ukraine. If you would like to donate, click here.