Volunteer Field Notes is a podcast by Go Help Now, a non-profit dedicated to helping volunteers find ways to help during a humanitarian and disaster relief. We interview real life volunteers who jump in and go help. We hope by sharing their story, we can inspire you to find ways to use your skills to volunteer in times of need.
Talking about JCC of Krakow with Jordi
I catch up with Jordi, a Washingtonian volunteer who served with JCC (Jewish Community Center) in Krakow, Poland in March 2023. JCC has had a presence in Krakow since 2008 providing support, care, and goods for people from all faiths. Currently the JCC in Krakow is serving Ukrainian refugees since the beginning of the war in 2022.
Lauren shares UAID Direct's humanitarian mission
We interview Lauren Ramires, Co-Founder and Co-Director of UAID Direct, a Ukrainian registered non-profit that provides goods and more to over 60 sites in Ukraine. For more information about their work, check them out at www.uaiddirect.org.
Jeff jumps right in to help Ukrainians and starts the non-profit Project Aid and Rescue
Lauren interviews Jeff, a businessman with a big heart for helping others, who went to Germany within 2 weeks of the start of the war in Ukraine, where he helped arriving Ukrainians with safe temporary housing. Jeff shares how his volunteering efforts have grown and evolved and how he came to set up non-profit Project Aid and Rescue to meet the changing needs of Ukrainians since the start of the war. Go Help Now is grateful to World of Connections for introductions to Jeff and his non-profit.
Alex volunteers from anywhere in the world with ENGin
Lauren interviews Alex, a recent graduate who doesn't let traveling the world stand in her way of helping Ukrainians in need. Alex shares how flexible and fulfilling it is to volunteer her time helping her mentee improve English language skills. ENGin makes volunteering easy and fun!
Serving Up Good Food and Hope with Tommy and World Central Kitchen
Lauren interviews Tommy about their shared time on the border of Ukraine, in a small town in Poland, in summer 2022. They talk about how long hours in the kitchen brought together volunteers around one central goal - to provide Ukrainian refugees with high quality food. And... they also talk about focaccia!