SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y (NEWS10) — People all across the Capital Region came together on Wednesday for events dedicated to International Day of Peace. In Saratoga Springs, a panel talked Afghan and Ukrainian refugees and what you can do to help.

“When I was packing my bags, I said, ‘OK, everything will be fine. I’m just leaving for three weeks,” said Ukrainian refugee Maria Isaieda. “I came here on the 18th of February, just six days before the war started, with two kids.”

International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly to designate a period of nonviolence and ceasefire. In honor of the day, the Saratoga Immigration Coalition formed a panel to discuss how to help refugees who are entering America.

The Saratoga Immigration Council brought together several humanitarian aid groups to share their ideas about how the city could potentially become a home for refugees. Organizers said they want to make Saratoga a safe space for those fleeing danger.

New York state said that we’ve received more than 14,000 Ukrainian refugees. Another organization, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), is also trying to resettle more than 400 Afghan refugees who fled after the U.S. withdrawal last year. It turns out you can help, too.

“Keeping the communication lines open, finding out where the need is over here, finding out, ‘Here’s the potential helper over here,’” said Terry Diggory, co-coordinator of the Saratoga Immigration Coalition. ‘That’s the main idea of this event, is to bring people together so that we can continue that networking.”

And that networking is working in our region. “My wait ended here in Saratoga, and I found a lot of very kind people, very supportive. I’m really glad that I found this very peaceful place and my kids they become more you know I come and more like normal,” said Isaieda.

Sara Lowry, legal services coordinator for USCRI, said that they have successfully relocated and helped over 400 Afghan and over 100 Ukrainians make the move. But she also said that they still need help and are looking for “good neighbor teams.”

“If you and a few people have a group that are looking to be a mentor,” she said. “Maybe help people, drive them to medical appointments, be a patient navigator to help them understand what medical terminology means.”

Organizers said that the key to helping with this humanitarian crisis is for individuals and organizers to sponsor families. According to the Office of New Americans, most Ukrainian refugees have resettled in New York City. Still, about 275 had come upstate as of August.