Welcome. US and Goldman Sachs Partner to Sponsor 100,000 Ukrainian Refugees
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Goldman Sachs has made a commitment of $3.6 million to support the sponsorship campaign, which has been joined by around seventy groups that will help refugees fleeing Ukraine.
Welcome.US is launching a campaign today in response to the announcement made by the Biden-Harris Administration yesterday that individuals fleeing Ukraine will be eligible for humanitarian parole in the United States with a sponsor through a streamlined process beginning on Monday, April 25. The goal of the campaign is to encourage one hundred thousand Americans to sponsor individuals who are fleeing the war in Ukraine and seeking refuge in the United States.
Welcome.US has partnered with a diverse coalition of public leaders and organizations in order to mobilize one hundred thousand Americans as sponsors. This coalition includes nearly seventy Ukrainian American community organizations, resettlement agencies, service organizations, and other nongovernmental organizations with a long tradition of welcoming newcomers. Welcome.goal US's is to reach one hundred thousand Americans (full list below).
Goldman Sachs Gives has made a contribution of $3.6 million to this historic endeavor so that it can succeed. This contribution adds to the more than three million dollars that Goldman Sachs and its employees have already given to the relief efforts in Ukraine up to this point.
The United States is appealing to the population of the United States to play a more active role as "Welcomers" and to take concrete steps to aid refugees escaping the conflict in Ukraine and seeking sanctuary in the United States.
The following is a list of the five most important things that Americans can do right now to assist Ukrainians in their time of need:
Find out more information on how you can directly sponsor people who are trying to escape the war in Ukraine and find refuge in Ukraine.
welcome.us. Signing up to receive updates and making connections to volunteer opportunities and other ways to assist can make you a Welcomer.
Make a contribution to the Welcome Fund, which makes it simple for Americans to give money to nonprofit groups that are working to directly address the most pressing needs of newcomers rebuilding their lives in communities all throughout the country. Donations to the Welcome Fund are put to use entirely to help frontline groups that provide assistance to people like Ukrainians, Afghans, and others who have fled their home countries in order to start new lives in the United States.
Make a short-term rental offer on Airbnb.org by making your property available to newcomers. You can also make a donation to Airbnb.org to assist in defraying the costs of providing newcomers with temporary lodging.
Donate your unused airline miles to the organization Miles4Migrants in order to provide refugees with the means to take a free flight to their new home.
"The past year has provided us with countless examples of the crisis and pain felt by those who are forced to leave their homes and the great capacity Americans have to help,"
said Nazanin Ash, CEO of Welcome.US.
"Welcome.US has been able to assist thousands of people as a direct result of these examples. We, along with so many other Americans, embrace the opportunity to assist in providing sanctuary for people who are fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. Now, with the statement made today that persons leaving Ukraine can find safety in the United States with the support of a sponsor, we are pleased to help mobilize and support the many Americans who wish to do more to help Ukrainians and other people seeking sanctuary."
According to David Solomon, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs,
"the war in Ukraine has forced millions of people to flee their homes, and as we watched this crisis unfold, all of us at Goldman Sachs felt a responsibility to act."
This statement was made by David Solomon.
"The war in Ukraine has forced millions of people to flee their homes.We are proud to collaborate with Welcome.US to help 100,000 displaced Ukrainians seek safe haven in the United States, and we will continue to support the Ukrainian people in their time of need,"
the organization said in a statement.
David Solomon, CEO of Goldman Sachs, is a member of the Welcome.US CEO Council, a new initiative that was launched earlier this month with the goal of accelerating and scaling up business sector support for people seeking sanctuary. The CEO Council's original objectives are very closely aligned with the new effort that was just unveiled.
This call to action will be amplified by the community leaders and organizations that are partnering on it, and they will use their extensive networks to do so. The goal is to get people all over the United States to lend a helping hand to those who are fleeing Ukraine, and to welcome them when they arrive in the United States.
"We have witnessed how Europe is coming together in favor of the Ukrainian people. Metropolitan Archbishop Borys Gudziak, who serves as the Archeparch of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, has stated that "now is the opportunity to unite America. We are thrilled to join with Welcome.US in order to release the energy and compassion of the American people to welcome and support displaced Ukrainians,"
the organization said in a statement.
The White House has announced that beginning on Monday, April 25, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting applications for people fleeing Ukraine and seeking refuge for entry into the United States on humanitarian parole status with support from any U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or other lawfully residing individuals serving as a sponsor – including representatives of non-government organizations. These people will be eligible for entry into the United States on humanitarian parole status with support from any U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or other lawfully residing individuals There is no one answer to the problem of how to support the needs of people who are seeking refuge in the United States, but Welcome.US is dedicated to working toward expanding the long-term capacity of the refugee resettlement system in the United States as well as other permanent pathways to safety.
Source: GoldmanSachs news