King County Council unanimously votes to support Ukraine

Thursday, April 28, 2022

County Councilmember Rod Dembowski
proudly wears his Ukrainian Refugee pin
The King County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a motion sponsored by Councilmembers Reagan Dunn and Rod Dembowski to provide aid and support to Ukraine and to Ukrainian people in King County.

"I’m proud of King County's initial response to support the people of Ukraine and the local Ukrainian community and I look forward to continuing this work in the weeks and months ahead,” Dembowski said.

The motion requests that the County develop plans to support Ukraine by 
  • divesting in goods and services that benefit the Russian Federation and its leaders; 
  • providing surplus medical supplies that the County has on hand; 
  • working with federal, state and local governments and non-profit partners to provide support for Ukrainian refugees; and 
  • providing ways for County employees to support the relief efforts in Ukraine through the Employee Giving Program.

One of the items, the opening of the King County Employee Giving Program, has already been implemented. To date, King County employees have donated nearly $280,000 in cash and converted leave. 

The funds will go to three organizations to assist Ukraine and the Ukrainian people here and abroad: Global Impact - Ukraine Response Fund, Doctors Without Borders, and the Ukrainian Community Center of Washington.


Anonymous,  April 28, 2022 at 2:19 PM  

This is wonderful and welcome news! We all need to do everything we can to support not only the government of Ukraine, but also all of those who have been forced to leave their homes. I applaud the King County Council for taking this most appropriate and needed stand. Thank you. George Piano, Lake Forest Park

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