Kitsap Credit Union donates $10,000 to support displaced Ukrainians

Donations designated to United Nations Humanitarian Fund

PORT ORCHARD — Kitsap Credit Union has donated $10,000 in support of Ukrainian refugees who have fled their war-torn nation.

“Our hearts and thoughts go out to our Ukrainian neighbors, and although separated by distance, we stand beside them at the most devastating moment of their lives,” said Shawn Gilfedder, CEO of Kitsap Credit Union.

The crisis in Ukraine has already displaced more than 3.5 million people who have escaped their nation in search of safety due to the unprecedented attacks by Russian military forces. In its show of support, the credit union donated to the United Nations Ukraine Humanitarian Fund (UHF). According to the organization, UHF was chosen because of the work it does through tax-deductible donations to support refugee families.

UHF coordinates with the United Nations, partners in Ukraine, neighboring countries, and authorities to help and protect refugees and people displaced by violence, conflict and persecution, the credit union stated in a news release.

Kitsap Credit Union said it is inviting others to join them by donating through local branches or its website. To learn more about UHF or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit People also can consider donating to International Rescue Committee, CARE USA, Mercy Corps or Save the Children.