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Local grassroots group meeting to support displaced Ukrainians

Germain Ma

A meeting is being held in-person and virtually on Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and anyone interested in volunteering is invited.

A collective of area residents, volunteers, and businesses are preparing for the arrival of displaced Ukrainians, but more hands are needed.

“We’re looking for more people from each of the townships, groups to self-mobilize. This isn’t about us doing it. It’s about asking and providing the resources for the community to come together and mobilize and do what they need to do, while being supported by the rest of the community,” Stephanie Goertz, an organizer of Waterloo Region Grassroots Response to Ukrainian Crisis told the Mike Farwell Show on CityNews 570 on Friday.

The group is holding a meeting Friday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wilmot Recreation Complex in Baden to come up with plans to provide support for refugees.

It’s looking for volunteers to help with tasks like collecting donations, creating playdates for children, translating, and offering work opportunities.

Goertz said the group works to funnel people, who want to help out into areas that will can solve problems.

Organizers have consulted with local immigration services, the Ukrainian Orthodox church, local multicultural services, and the YMCA to identify what supports are needed.

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