Despite pandemic challenges, community life for Ukrainians in New Haven continues with various events

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced the School of Ukrainian Studies (Ridna Shkola) of St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church in New Haven, Conn., to close in March 2020, it was able to reopen in April of this year, and the Ukrainian community here has managed to hold various events despite difficult circumstances.

Ukrainian American Veterans announce scholarship award winners for 2021

YONKERS, N.Y. – The Ukrainian American Veterans (UAV) 74th National Convention will take place on October 21-23, during which time the organization will formally recognize the winners of this year’s UAV Scholarship Awards.

The UAV National Scholarship Committee selects award winners from among matriculated undergraduate and graduate part- and full-time college students. The committee then awards scholarships to help students pay for tuition, books or school supplies.

Selfreliance FCU holds blessing of new branch office

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. – The Selfreliance Federal Credit Union (SFCU) held a ceremony to bless a new branch office in Hamtramck, Mich., located across from Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Hamtramck, Mich., Mayor Karen Majewski, together with SFCU’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Oleh Karawan and President and CEO Vitaliy Kutnyy officiated at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Ukrainians of Hunter celebrate 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence

JEWETT, N.Y. – The Ukrainian community located in and around Hunter, N.Y., gathered here to mark the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence with two commemorative programs held at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church’s Grazhda community hall.

In the first event, Tina Peresunko, a Fulbright Scholar from Ukraine who is conducting research in the United States on the history of the Ukrainian Republican Capella (later known as the Ukrainian National Chorus), discussed the organization, cultural diplomacy and the group’s international tours of 1919-1924.

Ukrainian Running Club New York marks 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence with Vyshyvanka Run

NEW YORK – Every year since 2015, Ukrainian Running Club New York has celebrated Ukrainian Independence Day with a Vyshyvanka Run. As the name implies, participants must run or walk a certain distance while wearing a traditional Ukrainian embroidered shirts (vyshyvanka) or a T-shirt made to look like an embroidered shirt.

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s Vyshyvanka Run took place virtually. Instead of holding a run in one location, this year Ukrainian Running Club New York took the added pandemic precaution of holding the event in three different locations: Central Park in Manhattan, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, N.Y., and for the first time Liberty Park in Jersey City, N.J.

Selfreliance FCU holds 70th Annual Meeting, reports strong financial status

CHICAGO – The Selfreliance Federal Credit Union (SFCU) held its 70th Annual Meeting at the organization’s home office in Chicago.  It reported assets exceeding $700 million, a net income of $1.3 million in 2020 and capital approaching $115 million, the SFCU leadership reported during the meeting.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors Oleh Karawan called to order the meeting, which was held on August 4 with social distancing and occupancy restrictions as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

UECC unveils newly renovated Cheremosh Room

JENKINTOWN, Pa. – The Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center (UECC) hosted a preview showing of its newly renovated space, formally known as the Clubroom, which from now on will be known as the Cheremosh Room.

Eleven organizations and 47 individuals were invited to a sneak peek of the room prior to its opening to the general public.  The invitees were a select group of top UECC donors, each having gifted the Center at least $10,000 since its inception in 1980.

Ukrainians in Illinois mark 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence with parade and festivities

CHICAGO – The last weekend of August was filled with celebration here as the Ukrainian community marked the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence.

The festivities began on August 27 with the raising of the Ukrainian flag in Chicago’s Daley Plaza by members of Post 32 of the Ukrainian American Veterans. The flag was raised alongside the flags of the United States and the city of Chicago.