UNWLA Branch 56 members help their members schedule and receive COVID-19 vaccinations

NORTH PORT, Fla. – Under the best of circumstances, during the first weeks of its rollout, it was daunting for capable adults to hunt down a COVID-19 vaccine in the state of Florida and in many other states. For people who struggle with technology or struggle with the English language, the effort to schedule and secure a vaccination could seem nearly impossible.

Plast Ukrainian scouting makes a comeback in the Twin Cities

MINNEAPOLIS – In the fall of 2018, members of Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization in the U.S.A. within the Twin Cities area met in the empty gymnasium of St. Constantine Ukrainian Catholic Church to discuss the branch’s future. Here, one generation reminisced about how strong the Plast community in Minneapolis once was, while another dreamed of its resurgence and revival.

Archbishop Daniel visits Znamianka Orphanage

SOMERSET, N.J. – Archbishop Daniel of the UOC-U.S.A. traveled to Ukraine on December 21-23 to visit the Znamianka Children’s Orphanage in Kirovohrad Oblast. The archbishop delivered financial assistance from the faithful of the UOC-U.S.A. for necessary repairs of the heating pipes in the orphanage and to help pay for the annual wages for special needs instructors at the orphanage.

St. Andrew Church lights dark times as pandemic deaths surpass 500k

SOUTH BOUND BROOK, N.J. – St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Memorial Church at the Spiritual Center – Metropolia of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. is illuminated on February 22 to honor the memory of the 500,071 individuals who lost their lives to COVID-19, according to data from John Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Like an eternal candle, St. Andrew Church was designed to honor the victims of the Holodomor of 1932-1933.

UOL chapters host Souper Bowl Sunday fundraiser

SOMERSET, N.J. – The Ukrainian Orthodox League (UOL) hosted a Souper Bowl Sunday fundraiser in February to raise funds through soup sales to benefit the work of St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Society of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. (UOC-U.S.A.), which sponsors soup kitchens and orphanages in Ukraine. Multiple events were planned for February 7 but, due to snowstorms, some were postponed until February 14.

Metropolitan Epifaniy celebrates second anniversary of enthronement

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Metropolitan Epifaniy, primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), celebrated the second anniversary of his enthronement on February 3 with a divine liturgy celebrated at St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv. The metropolitan’s enthronement was initially held on February 3, 2019, with hierarchs from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canada concelebrating.

Ukrainian National Museum in Chicago announces re-opening

CHICAGO – The Ukrainian National Museum in Chicago announced on February 12 its plan to re-open beginning on March 4. Visitors are recommended to schedule a reservation by contacting the museum via e-mail, admin@ukrainiannationalmuseum.org, or telephone, 312-421-8020.

“Ukraine-2050” held extraordinary general meeting and elected new board members

The non-governmental organization “Ukraine-2050” held a virtual extraordinary general meeting on January 31, during which time George Chopivsky was elected to its board of directors and James Temerty was elected to its honorary board. Mr. Chopivsky, a businessman, is a member of the Ukrainian World Congress Advisory Council, member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council and member of the Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Institute of America. Mr. Temerty, a businessman and philanthropist, is a co-chair of the Ukrainian World Congress Advisory Council, chair of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Advisory Council and member of the International Advisory Board of the Atlantic Council. During the meeting, “Ukraine-2050” President Eugene Czolij also presented a report of activities, particularly the launching of a Permanent International Media Monitoring Mission of “Ukraine-2050,” which will monitor the media, social networks and other information resources in various countries in the world for disinformation about Ukraine, analyze the findings of this monitoring and take effective measures to help counter such disinformation. The extraordinary general meeting of “Ukraine-2050” fully supported the initiative.