Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, a full-service business law firm with offices throughout New York, recently organized a fundraising effort to support several charities helping Ukrainian refugees displaced by the war in Ukraine.
Like others around the world, HSE partners and employees have been horrified by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and wanted to find a way to provide meaningful help. Understanding the need to care for the waves of refugees fleeing to other countries, the firm launched a firm-wide, employee-driven fundraising campaign to benefit four charities providing food, medical services, and other critical support to Ukrainian refugees. Partners, employees, and alumni contributed over $11,000 and the firm added $10,000, raising a total of $21,067.
“I could not be prouder of how the HSE family has stepped up and I hope that our donations will make an immediate impact,” said Harter Secrest & Emery Managing Partner Craig S. Wittlin. “As the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine persists, we will continue to look for opportunities to support the refugee population, including working locally with Just Cause in Rochester and Volunteer Lawyers Project in Buffalo to take on numerous asylum cases for Ukrainian and Afghani refugees who are in the U.S. and are seeking asylum.”
The funds raised by the firm will be shared with:
- World Central Kitchen: providing meals for refugees crossing into Poland, Romania, Moldova, and Hungary and working with restaurants inside Ukraine to get hot meals to those in need.
- Save the Children Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund: providing children and families with immediate aid such as food, water, hygiene kits and psychological support.
- United Way – United for Ukraine Fund: working with United Way partner organizations in Romania, Hungary, and Poland to provide immediate needs including transportation, food, medicine, and childcare supplies.
- Americares: focused on delivering medicine and medical supplies, supporting health services, and providing mental health and psychological support for refugees.