INNOVIA PRESS RELEASE
SPOKANE, WA, March 17, 2022 — In response to our community’s desire to aid people in war-torn Ukraine, a leadership group of more than a half-dozen Spokane-area churches has launched the Ukraine Relief Fund to provide emergency relief and refugee assistance.
In recent weeks, concerned residents from across the Inland Northwest – many of whom are Innovia Foundation donors – have inquired about ways to financially assist Ukrainians in the face of a military invasion from Russia.
Among the churches included are Center of Life Church, Father’s House Church, International Mission Church, Light of The Salvation Baptist Church, Pacific Keep Church, Pilgrim Slavic Baptist Church, and Spokane Slavic Baptist Church.
Also, local, St. Aloysius Parish is taking donations to be shared with Catholic Charities Emergency Fund and Catholic Relief Services and its ministry to Ukrainian refugees. Additionally, Sandpoint, Idaho-based Foundation for Equity and Justice is taking contributions for its Aid for Ukraine effort.
“It comes as no surprise that our donors have responded with generosity in their desire to help the people of Ukraine in this humanitarian crisis,” said Shelly O’Quinn, CEO of Innovia Foundation. “We will continue to research and present as many viable options for our community to make a difference as the situation evolves.”
Nationally, the following nonprofits also have launched relief funds for Ukraine:
- Berks Community Foundation, ISAR Ednannia
- CARE, Ukrainian Crisis Fund
- Catholic Relief Services, Urgent Need in Ukraine
- World Vision, Ukraine Crisis Fund
Innovia Foundation will continue to support donor generosity in our region by monitoring and vetting other appropriate donor opportunities as circumstances change in Ukraine.
Innovia Foundation ignites generosity that transforms lives and communities so that every person has the opportunity to thrive. As the community foundation for Eastern Washington and North Idaho, we partner with people who want to make our world better. We work together to address and solve our region’s problems, help those in need, identify and respond to our greatest opportunities and leave a lasting impact. Each year, Innovia Foundation invests nearly $10 million into our communities through grants and scholarships to nonprofit organizations and local students.