The Ukrainian community of Grand Rapids encompasses ~ 5,000 Ukrainians in West Michigan and is in the process of creating a non-profit to assist refugees that have been displaced because of the war as well as develop and promote Ukrainian culture and heritage in Michigan.
Commercial, Financial, & Philanthropic:
- ½ Ton of Medical Supplies Donated out of West Michigan to Dnipro
- 24,000 pairs of winter socks from Wolverine World Wide
- $100k+ Donated towards lifesaving efforts in Dnipro
- Willingness from businesses and the local Ukrainian Community to underwrite the startup costs of the Sister City Relationship
Mayors Bliss and Filatov hold a video conference.
Dnipro, Ukraine Becomes a Friendship City
GRSCI established Dnipro, Ukraine as a Friendship city along with a committee of dedicated individuals. Private funding of the Dnipro Committee thru 2023-2024 has been committed.
Day of Solidarity with Ukraine
Mayor Bliss proclaimed the 24th of February as a Day of Solidarity with Ukraine.