Hope from the Heartland - Help for Ukrainian Refugees Fund

The Community Foundation of Macon County (CFMC) announces their newest fund, Hope from the Heartland - Help for Ukrainian Refugees Fund.

“In times of crisis, our community responds. They take action to serve, lift and love, and that is why I’m proud to live in Macon County,” said CFMC president, Natalie Beck. “Whether giving $25 or $2,500, this new fund allows donors to unite. Our donors have asked for a secure, reputable funding vehicle to support Ukrainian refugees, and this project provides a trusted way to address the issues arising from the war.”

The Hope from the Heartland - Help for Ukrainian Refugees Fund is part of a larger community fundraiser and donation drive, which began under the leadership of Wayne and Leslie Kent last year in response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. As the one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion into Ukraine approaches on Feb. 24, the Kents are organizing multiple fundraisers to assist with raising money to provide refugees food, housing, clothing, medical care, and language training.

More than 9 million Ukrainian refugees crossed the Ukrainian-Polish border since the war began last year.

The Kents traveled to Poland twice in 2022, witnessing the war unfold before their own eyes and contributed much needed financial support and on-the-ground volunteer hours.

Wayne Kent, Pastor Emeritus of Decatur’s First Christian Church said, “I have a sight seared in my memory from our first visit to Poland. It is 30,000 cots in a warehouse, filled with women and children displaced from their homes. Yes, their plight is far from Central Illinois, but these are people so similar to the people of our own community. Ukraine is an agriculture exporting nation. We understand their connection to their land and crops and a commitment to generational living in one setting.”

The Kents will lead a Decatur delegation back to Poland in May to volunteer at refugee centers. The goal of the Hope from the Heartland campaign is to raise $500,000 to provide relief and support to Ukrainian refugees displaced by the war against their nation.

A highlight of the Heartland for Ukraine campaign will be a fundraising event at the Decatur Club on Saturday, April 22 at 7 p.m. Additional details will be released regarding this special evening.

Donations are being accepted now at firstdecatur.org or by clicking here.

100% of all money donated benefits Ukrainian refugees.