Toledo Helps Ukraine was founded by Alona Matchenko and Hope Luther, law students at the University of Toledo, in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
FOUNDER / LAW GRADUATE / THE UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO
Alona earned a bachelors in education and two master's degrees in Ukraine and was a primary school teacher in Kyiv for six years before coming to the United States in 2016, fleeing the revolution in Ukraine. Alona's family including Mother, step-father and two minor siblings remains in limbo in Poland. Alona and her husband live and own a residential care business in Perrysburg.
CO-FOUNDER / LAW GRADUATE / THE UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO
Hope is a third generation native of northwest Ohio and was inspired to join Toledo Helps Ukraine out of a desire to help, to larger Toledo community. Hope appreciates all this area has to offer seeks to engender a love of our community in those around her. Hope lives with her family in Sylvania.
Sponsors are responsible for filing the I-134 declaration of support, which enables Ukrainians to partake in the Uniting for Ukraine program.
Donate funds to Toledo Helps Ukraine for things such as purchasing plane tickets, buying supplies and assisting with housing costs.
Our generous hosts help us by providing temporary housing for our newly arrived Ukrainians, which generally lasts around 90 days.