Part of $1,000,000 commitment announced in April from the Jets
August 17, 2022 – The New York Jets have donated $100,000 to benefit CityServe. The donation is part of the organization’s $1 million commitment, to be split between various organizations, meant to help aid the humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. Previous donations of $100,000 were given to Plast Scouting (April), Razom for Ukraine (May), the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America (June) and the UNITED24 (July). Additionally, the Jets have designated CityServe as the recipient of the 50/50 gameday raffle for the Sunday, September 25 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. During the game, the team will highlight the humanitarian crisis with players wearing a decal of the Ukrainian flag on their helmets and the flag will be painted in the end zones of MetLife Stadium.
“We are honored and grateful to receive this generous donation that will help Ukrainian women, their children and the elderly through the trauma of war. Local churches in Ukraine, Poland and other surrounding regions are on the frontlines of this crisis. It is our mission to resource churches as they rescue and care for the Ukrainian people. Thank you to the Johnson Family and the Jets Foundation for your heart of compassion and generosity,” said Karl Hargestam, Executive Vice President of Programs and Affiliates, CityServe.
The events in Ukraine are personal to the Johnson family and the New York Jets. Suzanne Johnson, wife of Jets Chairman, Robert Wood Johnson, grew up in a Ukrainian neighborhood in New York and is from a family of immigrants. Her mother, Marie, was born to Ukrainian immigrant parents while her father, Stefan Ircha, was born in Ternopil and immigrated to the United States after WWII.
These funds will be directed to support the CityServe Krakow Housing Project to expand a refugee Safe House in Krakow, Poland. The Safe House provides private rooms for family life, kitchen and laundry facilities, food and other necessities. It has been reported over 8 million refugees have fled Ukraine in search of safety and most have found help in Poland. This build out is part of CityServe’s four-fold strategy to respond to the crisis. Learn more at www.cityserve.us/ukrainian-crisis.
For more information on the cause and the charitable organizations that have received the donations, please visit https://www.newyorkjets.com/community/ukraine-relief.
About Jets Foundation
The New York Jets take great pride in a long-standing, year-round commitment to our community. Programs funded by the New York Jets Foundation look to positively influence the lives of young men and women in the tri-state area by supporting youth football and promoting social justice, particularly in disadvantaged communities. From launching football teams at urban high schools to unifying our community for change to fostering positive school environments, the New York Jets invest in programs that make a difference in the lives of others. In addition to our focus on youth development, the Jets support the efforts of the Lupus Research Alliance, numerous established charitable organizations and causes sponsored by the NFL.
CityServe is a collaborative network of churches and community leaders who help those in need live better lives. CityServe empowers the local church to fulfill its purpose to overcome despair and transform lives by resourcing them with tangible goods and capacity building. CityServe brings the church to the table to address community challenges by offering long-lasting relationships that lead to transformation and has been designated a “Community of Faith and Opportunity” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. CityServe has launched CityServe Europe in response to the Ukraine crisis to help rescue and care for Ukrainian refugees.
To donate to CityServe please visit cityserve.us/ukrainian-crisis/.