2/29 to 3/31 Recap
01/24 to 02/28 Recap
2/29 to 3/31 DIMA SUPPORT CASE UPDATE
David, VM4U Case Manager, and Oleg, VM4U Project Manager, continue to organize volunteers to support Dima with regular hospital visits. Dima is on the transplant list in Austria for a kidney/pancreas, which is expected within 1 year. Until then, DIma will need regular dialysis and volunteer support.
2/29 to 3/31 MUSIC PROGRAM UPDATE
Nadiia, Music Program Manager, is working with Domivka to return refugee children to their music training. The program has 6 instructors: Joel (Saxophone), Inna (Guitar), Emin (Piano), Mariam (Piano), Nadiin (Violin), Daniel (Piano/Guitar) for 12 children. A guitar instructor and a ½ violin are needed. The music program is a partnership with Kimu Wien and Liberty Education. VM4U donations were used for a sax mouthpiece, reeds, violin rental, and sheet music.
Liberty Education: http://liberty-education.at
2/29 to 3/31 FURNISHINGS PROGRAM UPDATE
Nathan, Furnishings Program Manager, continues to work with Olga, The Feel Good Store, to transfer furniture and appliances directly from donors to refugees on nearly a daily basis. The Furnishings Team used Nathan’s personal minivan from 2/22 until the new VM4U van was purchased on 3/20. Thanks to Alfred for the use of his trailer. The furnishings team includes Pasha, Oleksandr, Arkady, Jake, Michael, Anatolii, David, Adam, Lauren, and others. VM4U donations are used for van fuel.
3/6 RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAM INITIATED
Fred, VM4U Reconstruction Program Manager, leads the initiative with the objectives: (1) organize Team Vienna’s reconstruction capabilities (professional volunteers, resources, etc.) and (2) use those capabilities to support partner organizations in Ukraine which specialize in reconstruction.
3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27 ART PROGRAM WORKSHOPS
Juliia, Art Program Manager, hosts an arts and crafts workshop each Monday for children at Domivka. VM4U donations cover the costs of art supplies.
3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27 FOOTBALL PROGRAM TRAINING
Coach Oleksandr, Football Program Manager, and Coach Sergii continue to host football training for children ages 6-11 on Monday nights from 17:30-19:00 at Castellezgasse 35 in cooperation with Domivka. Roxy, Psychological Support Program Manager, continues to bring snacks to the kids after each session which has become tradition. Indoor gymnasium use is cost-free. €330 in program specific donations from Julia, Sharon, and Steven are in reserve with this program.
3/10 FOOTBALL PROGRAM UPDATE – NEW UNIFORMS
Thanks to Steven and Jesse, the children’s football team now has blue and gold uniforms!
3/12, 3/19, 3/26 GERMAN PROGRAM SESSIONS
Holly, German Program Manager and Instructor, and her team of instructors including Maeve and Zoe, continue to offer adult and children’s introductory German language courses each Sunday at Domivka. VM4U donations cover the cost of classroom supplies. The German team is looking to organize a C1 German course to assist refugees in preparing for the Österreichisches Sprachdiplom (ÖSD) exam (i.e., German Language Diploma issued by the Austrian government).
3/14 YEVGENIA AND KATERYNA SUPPORT CASE
Anatoli, Arkady, Jake, and Adam helped Yevgenia and Katerina move apartments. Nathan made a handyman visit to rig up the washing machine. No VM4U donations were used; Yegenia paid some gentlemen to transport the furniture.
3/20 VAN PROGRAM UPDATE – NEW VAN PURCHASED
From 2/22 to 3/17, VM4U fund raised €15,275 toward the new van. On 3/20, Thanks to Nathan, Markus (First Aid First Hand), and Michael, VM4U has purchased a new van.
3/22 to 3/24 FURNISHINGS PROGRAM – THE FEEL GOOD STORE MOVE
With the assistance of the new VM4U van and an estimated 30 total volunteers from VM4U and the Feel Good Store, the Feel Good Store was moved from their original location at Führichgasse 2 to their new location at Schwarzingergasse 4 (in 2nd district, co-located with the Social Work Hub). VM4U donations were used for van fuel.
3/23 MEETING WITH OPERATION AID
Adam, VM4U Executive Director, had a call with Ludvig, Co-Founder Operation Aid. Operation Aid (OP-AID) is a NGO based in Sweden which emphasizes on operations in Ukraine, including aid delivery, rescue, and reconstruction. The potential for VM4U/OP-AID collaboration on reconstruction projects and other areas was discussed.
Operation Aid: http://operationaid.org
3/25 VAN PROGRAM UPDATE – OLD VAN DONATED
The old First Aid First Hand van “Rosa” was donated to Team Fynn. Rosa was unable to pass inspection in Austria due to rust on the chassis, which cannot practically be repaired, but is otherwise in very good working condition. Rosa went in for service prior to being transferred to Team Fynn. VM4U donations covered the cost of service.
3/25 VAN MISSION – PRZEMYSL
Markus (First Aid First Hand) and Adam (VM4U) transported “Rosa” (the old First Aid First Hand van) to Przemysl, Poland where Rosa was donated to Team Fynn.
3/30 KATIA SUPPORT CASE – FINES FROM FONDS SOZIALES WIEN
Katia reported that she has received two fines of 100 EUR and 120 EUR from Fonds Soziales Wien (fsw.at) in the mail. On 3/30, Katharina and Adam accompanied Katia to her social benefits appointment at the Austria Center to obtain clarification about these fines. According to the clerk at the Austria Center (confirmed by Katharina’s calculations), the two fines are the prorated amount of Katia’s social benefits for the periods Katia had previously declared to have not been in Austria. Unexpectedly, the Austria Center clerk informed us that these amounts had been previously deducted from Katia’s social benefits and that the fines were likely erroneous duplicate deductions.