At its meeting on March 14, the Eugene City Council voted unanimously to direct $10,000 from the City’s Emerging Need Fund to provide humanitarian relief to Ukraine. The money will go to the non-profit Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization that is active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries.
Direct Relief is working with Ukraine’s Ministry of Health and other groups in the region to provide requested medical aid – from oxygen concentrators to critical care medicines – while preparing to offer longer-term aid to people displaced or affected by the war.
“I’m proud of the Council’s unanimous agreement to aid Ukrainians who are suffering deeply,” said Mayor Lucy Vinis. “Direct Relief has an excellent track record, and we know that every dollar will be used to provide medical aid.”
Mayor Vinis sent an email to the mayor of Eugene’s Sister City in Irkutsk, Russia, on March 7 condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and emphasizing that the Sister City relationship must not be interpreted as approval or complacency in the face of an inexcusable war and loss of life.