After months of military buildup on Russia’s side of the border, Ukraine’s residents woke up to an all-out conflict on Thursday, February 20th, 2022.
Fighting has erupted across the country, including in the capital, Kyiv.
According to the United Nations, as of March 8th, over two million Ukrainian refugees have fled into neighboring countries. More are on the move both inside and outside the country. They need protection and support.
No Boat Brewing will be holding a fundraiser on St. Patrick’s Day to support Ukrainian refugees.
Saint Patrick’s Day is one of their busiest days of the year, and with the help of our fantastic community, they wish to pull together support to help aid the Ukrainian people during this tragic time.
On March 17th, No Boat Brewing will be raising funds to support future and already
underway work being done by Medical Teams International (MTI), a 501(c)(3) based in Tigard, OR and in Seattle, with a 4-star (the highest) rating on Charity Navigator.
For over 40 years, MTI has provided major medical services and supplies worldwide to people affected by natural and man-made disasters; their expertise in these situations is profound, and their overhead is among the lowest of all non-profits.
Ukraine is pleading for medical supplies and services, and here’s how Medical Teams is responding. Already they have done the following, but there is much work yet to continue:
- Partnered with Integra (a multi-faceted humanitarian organization based in Slovakia) to send crucial supplies to displaced Ukrainians.
- Mobilized a team to assess humanitarian and medical needs in the region. Roger Sandberg, Medical Teams Vice President, Field Operations is currently in Romania and Moldova, two of the five countries bordering Ukraine where people are fleeing to. Roger provided his first “boots on the ground” March 7th assessment on YouTube.
- Shipping supplies to Ukraine. On March 2 a shipment including 26 pallets of mixed medical supplies—such as sutures, surgical kits, and medical drapes—went out from their warehouse in Tigard, OR. These supplies will be distributed to health centers in Ukraine and equip medical professionals to care for people in need.
No Boat will match the amount raised on March 17th to help make the impact from our community that much more.
$1 from all beer, wine and cider sales on St. Patrick’s Day will go to MTI for providing medical supplies and services to Ukraine.
The brewery will report back through Living Snoqualmie on what our community raised and what MTI was able to accomplish from our community’s donation.
Says Mary Skiba, Co-Owner of No Boat Brewing Company, “I personally have been involved as a volunteer with MTI for over 20 years, and I know how huge their impact is to those they serve, how low their overhead is (4%), and how dedicated their teams of volunteer nurses, doctors, and medical professionals and non-medical volunteers are. I know that donating to MTI is going to provide effective and direct assistance to Ukrainians impacted by the Russian invasion.”