After announcing that it is suspending all support for Russian airlines, aircraft manufacturer Boeing has announced on March 3, 2022 that it is committing $2 million in emergency assistance to response efforts in Ukraine.
Boeing said that the assistance package will be directed to organizations working to bring food, water, clothing, medicine and shelter to displaced Ukrainians – including those seeking refuge in neighboring countries.
Boeing said in a statement that funding from the Boeing Charitable Trust will support the following organizations:
$1,000,000 to CARE to assist with food, water and hygiene kit distribution as well as monetary assistance and psychosocial support for affected Ukrainians, with a focus on women, children and the elderly.
$500,000 to the American Red Cross to support the global Red Cross movement providing critical humanitarian relief to people affected by the Ukraine crisis.
$250,000 to Americares to help with the distribution of medicine and medical supplies as well as support critical medical care for families displaced by the crisis, including mental health services.
$250,000 to organizations working to support vulnerable, displaced populations in Ukraine and neighboring countries.
“The conflict unfolding in Ukraine is leading to a significant humanitarian emergency, and Boeing will take action to support the Ukrainian people,” said Boeing president and CEO Dave Calhoun in a statement.
”While we work to ensure the safety of Boeing employees in the region, our hope is that this assistance package will help deliver some much-needed support to those who are displaced and suffering.”
“The humanitarian situation in Ukraine is worsening by the hour. In the last week, more than 500,000 people have fled Ukraine for neighboring countries. This number is expected to rise to more than one million in the next few days,” said Michelle Nunn, president and CEO at CARE USA.
In addition, Boeing will match all qualifying employee contributions made in support of Ukrainian humanitarian relief through the company’s charitable matching program.
Boeing said that it is temporarily closing its Kyiv office and that together with partner teams, are checking on affected employees while continuing to coordinate with government agencies, customers and suppliers to assess human and business impacts in the region.
European manufacturer Airbus, Boeing’s direct competitor, has also announced that it is withdrawing parts and support services for all Russian airlines.