Response to Ukrainian Crisis

Updated: May 11, 2022

Information for Ukrainians Coming to Canada

 Detailed information for Ukrainians coming to Canada and those who want to support them can be found on the Information Hub for Ukrainians, created by the Ontario Council for Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI). 

How You Can Help

Volunteering

We have received many offers of help from community members. Once the families arrive in the area and connect with the New Canadians Centre, they will meet with a staff member for a needs assessment. At that time, we will ask what they need. If they would like to have the support from local volunteers to support their settlement, we will match them with a team.

If you are interested in becoming a Support Team Volunteer, please fill out the NCC Volunteer Application Form. Volunteers will only be matched with families based on need, so you may not hear back immediately. 

There is also an ongoing need at the NCC for Support Team Volunteers to work with refugees from many other countries. In your application form, please state if you are open to working with them or only with displaced Ukrainians. 

If you are interested in learning more about other options to help, please visit:

Please note that these sites are developed and managed by third parties and not connected with the New Canadians Centre. 

Donating to the New Canadians Centre

On Monday March 28, we launched an urgent appeal to raise $20,000 for our Client Emergency Fund to support those fleeing Ukraine and other newcomers in times of need. Not only have you helped us to do that, you have raised $30,000 for the Fund in less than 1 week. 

Thank you – we are truly grateful!

We have now secured emergency financial relief for newcomers in need.

The next step is to look ahead to create stability in the long-term after the first weeks of arriving in Peterborough. 

Now that we’ve met our goal, your donation will be directed to the Peterborough Welcome Fund for 

  • mental health supports for newcomer youth
  • employment programs that provide on-the-job English language training
  • activities that introduce newcomers to the community to build social connections
  • and other programs and services that respond to urgent and emerging needs of our clients arriving from anywhere in the world.

You can make a donation to the New Canadians Centre online or by cheque made out to “New Canadians Centre.” Donations above $20 are eligible for a tax receipt.

If you would like to donate directly to a Ukrainian project, here is a list of organizations that has been shared by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. 

Thank you for walking with us every step of the way.

Donation of money to local families

We have permission from 2 local Ukrainian families to share their email addresses if you would like to donate to them:

Iryna Losytsya & Aleks Goloborodko: lositsa63@gmail.com 

Olena Oliinyk: elenaoleinick960@gmail.com; https://www.gofundme.com/f/donate-to-help-when-crisis-in-ukraine

Support for families in Northumberland: https://www.gofundme.com/f/northumberland-for-ukraine-families

Donation of items

We have received many offers of help from community members. We do not currently have capacity to sort or store donations, so we will work with families on a 1-1 basis. 

Once the families arrive in Peterborough and connect with the New Canadians Centre, they will meet with a staff member for a needs assessment. At that time, we will ask what they need. We will then post the request to our SoKind registry. Please check this registry often.

For example, if a female client with a child requires clothing, we will note the size and type of clothing required on this list. If you are able to meet the need, please click “Give This Gift” and we will connect you with the client for drop-off.

Offers of housing

We have received many offers of housing from community members. If you are interested in providing temporary accommodation to Ukrainians, please choose one or all of these websites to register your interest. We will direct our clients to these sites so that they may find accommodation in our area that best fits their family’s needs. 

Please note that these sites are developed and managed by third parties and not connected with the New Canadians Centre. 

If you are planning to host a family and you have not met them before, please consider these questions: 

  • How long do you intend to offer free accommodation?
  • How many family members can you accommodate?
  • Are pets allowed?
  • What is included in your offer (parking, heat, hydro, furnishings, laundry, internet, local phone etc.)?
  • Can the family use the kitchen and when? How will you manage fridge and freezer space?
  • Do you intend to provide room and board or just the accommodation?
  • Do you have house rules? How do you intend to share them?
  • How will you communicate if the family does not speak a lot of English?
  • Will you provide transportation?
  • How will you resolve conflict?
  • What information do you need to verify the information shared by the family before they arrive?
  • What information can you provide to the family before they arrive if they are concerned about their safety? 

We will also encourage our clients to ask these questions to ensure that they find the best fit for their family. 

Employment

Please post jobs for Ukrainians on the Jobs for Ukraine Job Bank site. You may also send a job posting to Olga Stetsyuk, NCC’s Employment Counsellor (olga@nccpeterborough.ca).

Community Groups

Peterborough Stands with Ukraine

United for Ukraine Kawartha Lakes

Information-Session on Local & Federal Responses

On March 30, 2022 we organised an information session about the “Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel” and ways in which people could help Ukrainians abroad and locally.

Peterborough residents Iryna Losytsya and Olena Oliinik also shared stories about their families. You can access the recording and links below.

Shared by participants: https://www.ukrainetakeshelter.com/
Taras Pater is interested in setting up a small food production co-op. Please contact them at tspater@gmail.com.

More information here:

 Community supports:

TalkNow

Telecare Distress Centre of Peterborough