SPRING LAKE — The Spring Lake Woman’s Club has announced efforts to raise funds for the non-profit organization World Central Kitchen, which in-turn will benefit Ukrainian refugees.
According to Woman’s Club First Vice President Kathleen Reddick, the club had researched a number of different organizations to partner with before deciding on World Central Kitchen. Part of the reason they decided to go with World Central Kitchen was due to a recent guest speaker of theirs: Irene Paslawsky, a Ukrainian-American from New Jersey who has been volunteering with World Central Kitchen in an effort to aid refugees.
Ms. Paslawsky spoke of her time overseas with World Central Kitchen, and described how the facility, which was one of many, was a “huge” operation.
According Ms. Reddick Ms. Paslawsky said that the facility operated for 24 hours a day and provided hot meals, medical services, toys for children, groceries and much more for women and children refugees.
Ms. Reddick said that Ms. Paslawsky’s mission was part of the reason they decided to partner with the World Central Kitchen. She also said that in the club’s research they found it is more practical for Ukraine relief organizations to receive funds for supplies rather than the supplies themselves, just what the World Center Kitchen was looking for.
“We’re basically collecting money from our membership,” she said. “We’re doing more or less of an internal, grassroots kind of collection… We’ll raise several thousand dollars and donate it to that organization.”
Ms. Reddick added that a number of businesses around the area have been posting flyers about the fundraising effort, including The Breaker’s Hotel.
Those looking to donate should make checks payable to SLWC, with a notation “Ukrainian WCK.” Mail by July 15, 2022 to Woman’s Club of Spring Lake, P.O. Box 328 Spring Lake, NJ 07762.