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Polish business has reacted rapidly to the refugee crisis in Poland. One example is the announcement by Tech To The Rescue, a Polish foundation that connects technology companies with non-profit organizations, that it is launching the #TechForUkraine campaign, over a hundred companies from the IT sector said they would help Ukrainian NGOs.

“The community of IT companies has shown its solidarity many times. Tech leaders have responded to phenomena such as the migration crisis and the Covid 19 epidemic, but many of them regularly support charities. Now Ukrainian non-profits need support more than ever and Tech To The Rescue is a bridge between those who operate on the spot and those who are ready to serve with their talent and knowledge,” said Jacek Siadkowski, director and co-founder of Tech To The Rescue.

CD Projekt, the largest Polish producer of video games, also said it would help. On 25 February it announced on social media that as part of Solidarity with Ukraine and will donate 1 million zlotys to Polish Humanitarian Action. 

In turn, Maciej Panek, CEO of Panek, announced he had donated 1,000 Panek cars to transport people in need on the Polish-Ukrainian border.

The “Aid for Ukraine” package has also been prepared by Luxmed. It includes urgent medical assistance for people coming from Ukraine, support in the relocation of employees’ families from Ukraine to Poland, material and equipment support for hospitals in this country and the creation of jobs for war refugees.

Pomagam.pl – the organizer of the official fundraiser #SolidarniZUkrainą, in which it has already collected over 7 million zlotys – has launched a new functionality that allows users to set up a corporate “virtual can” as part of its main campaign. 

At https://pomagam.pl/firmydlaukrainy, each organization can set up an online fundraiser to help and quickly start collecting funds in a verified place. The website also has ready-made collection promotion tools: convenient options for sharing on social media and an automatically created widget-code to be placed on a website or blog. All costs are covered by the Pomagam.pl portal – 100% of the amount paid goes to humanitarian aid.

Mobile operators: Play, Orange, Plus and T-Mobile also extended a helping hand to refugees from Ukraine, significantly reducing the costs of telephone calls to the most important Ukrainian operators, Kyivstar, Vodafone, Lifecell.

Rafał Brzoska, one of the richest Poles and head of InPosta, said his company has coordinated collections of food, medicine and clothing and that his company will make available its transport fleet to transport the delivered products to the right place.

The seed producer Legutko, on the other hand, plans to donate all the income from Sunday’s online store to help Ukraine.

LPP intends to write off the value of assets in Ukraine, in total about 270 million zlotys. The company has suspended its operations on the Ukrainian market for an indefinite period.

The management of the Biedronka retail network said it will provide support to employees from Ukraine. Non-returnable random grants will be paid under the program “You can count on Biedronka.” Almost 80,000 people work in Biedronka stores, as well as offices and distribution centers. people, of which 1,800 employees are from Ukraine.

PZU said it will support the families of its Ukrainian employees, providing them with accommodation, medical care, support from psychologists and jobs. The company expects 700 families to come, the PZU Group announced.

Ukrainians fleeing from the war-torn area can also count on the help of many law and notary offices, which will not receive remuneration for help in completing the necessary formalities.

Jo Harper
Jo Harper
Jo Harper is a British national with a 20-year freelance journalistic career in Poland, Germany and the UK, writing for Deutsche Welle, Politico, the BBC, the Daily Mirror, Gazeta Wyborcza, Polityka, New Eastern Europe and Forbes. He is a published author of books on Polish affairs and holds a PhD from the London School of Economics.
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