CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Amid the spike of unspeakable violence in Ukraine there are calls to help Ukrainian refugees. Capital Region attorney Matt Barry has stepped up by not only donating to the United Way’s fund for refugees, but by also encouraging his fellow colleagues and others to donate, too.

“We are feeling the pain at the pump. And these are people who are literally homeless,” said Barry, a married father of two daughters. Like many of us, he’s heartbroken over reports of bombardments and violence in Ukraine. “When you see the nightly news, you are reminded of how lucky we are. And we do have an obligation to help our global citizens.”

Wanting to fundraise for refugees, Barry—the president of the Albany County Bar Association—felt he could use his platform to ask others in his field to join him. To ensure that donations go directly to refugees, he reached out to Peter Gannon, the President and CEO of the United Way of the Greater Capital Region.

The United Way has set up fund to support their trusted partners on the ground. “These are all organizations that have been vetted. They are on the front lines providing direct humanitarian relief to Ukrainians who are escaping the violence,” Gannon said.

The immediate support will cover:

  • Transportation
  • Shelter
  • Food and medicines
  • Critical childcare supplies like infant formula and diapers
  • Hygiene kits

You don’t have to be a lawyer to donate! Anyone can give by texting UKR to 41444 or by visiting the United For Ukraine Fund website.

As for Barry, he encourages all of us to rally our own friends and colleagues to help out, too. “I have already received a flurry of emails from members of the Bar Association and my firm, including one in my firm who has Ukrainian ties. He’s half Ukrainian and still has family in Ukraine,” he said. “So very appreciative of what United Way is doing!”