In the summer of 2022, when the Ukrainian film community announced a fundraiser to support Ukrainian filmmakers, the UNWLA responded to the call. The UNWLA co-sponsored film marathon “CinemaAid Ukraine” began with film screenings in New York City and expanded to communities in Florida and Los Angeles.
Over $3,000 donated to CinemaAid Ukraine supported 11 families with monetary grants. Additional grants helped a family whose father, a filmmaker, perished in the war and a family of caretakers for their disabled son. Another $1,000 supported local communities in the affected regions. For example, CinemaAid Ukraine volunteers purchased a furnace for a large family with young children living in the newly liberated Chernihiv region. With relentless russian attacks on Ukrainian energy infrastructure in the winter of 2022/2023, a generator purchased by CinemaAid coordinators supplied electricity to an operating room in a local hospital in the Uman region. Both local, internally displaced people and Ukrainian defenders are treated in this hospital. Finally, donations funded over 1,000 pounds of pantry items delivered to an orphanage in the Kyiv region, where 40 children evacuated from Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, Mykolaiv, Kherson, Kyiv, and Kharkiv currently live.