Before the current war in Ukraine, Brit Fontanot with Bozeman Economic Development department has been working with leaders in the Ukraine city of Kopychyntsi to grow the local economy. When the war started, Brit shifted efforts to helping Kopychyntsi take care of the refugees that have been coming from war torn areas. Brit and URE began working together in the last few weeks to send funds and supplies.
Donations serve to support the city in a variety of ways including:
Covering fuel costs for transportation of supplies to stock the Kopychyntsi aid center and hospital.
Purchasing supplies including canned goods, fresh produce, medicine, clothing, and household items that are made available to IDPs at the Kopychyntsi Aid Center
Purchased a van for the city to use to transport and distribute supplies within and beyond the city itself.
Covering transportation costs associated with transporting donated medical supplies from Bozeman to the hospital in Kopychyntsi.
Subsidizing labor costs for converting restrooms designed for kindergarteners into functional full-sized restrooms as part of the city’s effort to convert a local school into a comfortable shelter for IDPs.