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Forum Communications pledges $5,000 to newspaper in Ukraine

The donation will be made to 20 Minutes, a newspaper in Kyiv that has had to suspend printing its newspaper and switch exclusively to online publishing during the Russian invasion. Despite sheltering in place and fearing for their lives, their journalists have continued to write, publish and distribute their stories so the people of Kyiv can stay informed.

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Like the rest of the U.S. and the world, we at Forum Communications Co. have watched with heartache the situation in Ukraine these past several days and weeks.

And like so many others, we wondered what we can do to help contribute to efforts to help Ukrainians in even a small way.

After inviting ideas from all employees throughout our company, today we announce a $5,000 donation from FCC to 20 Minutes , a newspaper in Kyiv that has had to suspend printing its newspaper and switch exclusively to online publishing during the Russian invasion. Despite sheltering in place and fearing for their lives, their journalists have continued to write, publish and distribute their stories so the people of Kyiv can stay informed.

FCC also has another connection to 20 Minutes: This same news organization has been meeting with staff at the Duluth News Tribune, Superior (Wis.) Telegram and Cloquet (Minn.) Pine Journal via Zoom since early 2020 to share ideas on how to provide the best journalism to readers. Our organizations became connected through the IREX journalism program, an international nonprofit based in Washington, D.C.

We hope that this will help those brave journalists continue their mission. In addition, we would like them to know they have the support and admiration of their peers here in the Midwest.

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We encourage our communities to offer support to Ukraine relief efforts if you can. Our employees suggest donations to:

  • Direct Relief: This international humanitarian aid group says it is working with Ukraine’s Ministry of Health and others to provide medical aid to those displaced or affected by the conflict. www.directrelief.org/emergency/ukraine-crisis
  • ImpactUkraine: This nonprofit group was started by Brainerd, Minnesota, man Seth Neistadt. Their mission statement: “We work with churches, pastors, and other organizations in Ukraine to support humanitarian needs. 100% of the funds received go directly to our ministry partners.” www.impactukraine.com
  • Kyiv Independent: Ukraine’s English-language media outlet was created by veteran journalists in Kyiv. They have created a GoFundMe to help support their mission during this crisis. www.gofundme.com/f/kyivindependent-launch
  • Samaritan’s Purse: The international crisis support organization has deployed an Emergency Field Hospital to Ukraine. www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/ukraine-response
  • UMANA: The Ukrainian Medical Association of North America Crisis Response. umana.org
  • UNICEF: The group says its work in Ukraine has focused on “safeguarding children's rights to safety, health, education, psychosocial support, protection and water and sanitation services.” www.unicefusa.org/crisis-ukraine

And at this time, let us pray for, and work toward, peace in the region.

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