Ontario Colleges' donation supports Ukrainian Crisis Fund
SARNIA, April 4, 2022 –Lambton College has partnered with a number of colleges across Ontario to make a joint donation of $200,000 to Unicef’s Ukraine emergency fund.
“Our hearts go out to all those whose lives are being torn apart,” said Rob Kardas, President & CEO, Lambton College. “We want to help families get the necessities they need and try to make their lives a little easier.”
Donations to the Ukraine emergency fund will support the organization’s ongoing programs and response to the escalating need in Ukraine by providing communities with safe water, urgent medical aid and health-care services, child protection and education. UNICEF has been working in Ukraine since 1997.
In addition to other supports, 18 colleges contributed to the joint donation, along with contributions from Colleges Ontario (the sector’s advocacy organization) and the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS).
Locally, Lambton College will offer tuition, learning and housing support to Ukrainian students living in Sarnia who have come to Lambton and have been displaced by the current war.
Some colleges have opted to make significant contributions solely as individual institutions. These include supports such as tuition relief programs, new scholarships, counseling programs, community partnerships and more.
“So many Ukrainian men, women and children are either displaced or living through the terrible situation in Ukraine,” said Linda Franklin, the president and CEO of Colleges Ontario. “This tragedy has affected everyone on our campuses and created a strong desire to help.”