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Google transforms Poland office into help center for Ukrainian refugees

March 7, 2022, 5:29 PM UTC

Google will use their office space in Poland to offer humanitarian aid to Ukrainian refugees, the company announced Monday.

“As the needs of those affected by the war change, we will be looking at other ways in which we can help,” Google said in a statement.   

One Google campus in Warsaw will be designated as a space where Ukrainian refugees can receive legal and psychological support services from local NGOs. 

The decision to use office spaces in Poland to offer services for Ukrainian refugees is the latest philanthropic effort from the tech giant which has promised to work with local experts and look for new ways to help Ukrainian refugees relocate and adapt to their new environments.

On March 4, Google announced over $20 million in financial support for Ukrainian refugees seeking refuge in Poland, including a $10 million donation to aid refugee efforts in Poland, and a $2.6 million donation to the Polish Center for International Aid Foundation, an organization which helps evacuate Ukrainian refugees to safe havens and provides transport to and from border areas. 

Google is not alone in pledging support to Ukraine in the aftermath of the Russian invasion, companies from industries ranging from finance to fashion, are offering funds and resources.

Wells Fargo and Bank of America each pledged to donate $1 million to the American Red Cross and other charities that are championing displaced Ukrainian refugees on March 2. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton donated approximately $5.5 million euros to the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC on Mar. 2. Louis Vuitton also pledged 1 million euros to UNICEF to be immediately released to those directly affected by the war in Ukraine on March 4. 

Other major companies that have pledged support to Ukrainian refugees since the war began include Airbnb, which promised to house 100,000 Ukrainian refugees last week. Also, on March 3, Ikea announced an immediate €20 million donation to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, for the protection of people affected by the deadly conflict in Ukraine.

Google will use their Warsaw office space to offer humanitarian aid to Ukrainian refugees, the company announced Monday.

“As the needs of those affected by the war change, we will be looking at other ways in which we can help,” the company said in a Mar. 7 press release.

The Google for Startups Campus in Warsaw will be designated as a space where Ukrainian refugees can receive legal and psychological support services from local NGOs, the company said on Monday

On Mar. 4, Google announced over $20 million in financial support for Ukrainian refugees seeking refuge in Poland, including  a $10 million donation to aid refugee efforts in Poland and a $2.6 million donation to the Polish Center for International Aid Foundation, an organization which helps evacuate Ukrainian refugees to safe havens and provides transport to and from border areas. The decision to use office spaces in Poland to offer services for Ukrainian refugees is the latest philanthropic effort from the tech giant which promises to work with local experts and look for new ways to help Ukrainian refugees relocate and adapt to their new environments.

Google is not alone in pledging support to Ukraine in the aftermath of the Russian invasion, companies from industries ranging from finance to fashion, are offering funds and resources.

Wells Fargo and Bank of America each pledged to donate $1 million to the American Red Cross and other charities that are championing displaced Ukrainian refugees on Mar. 2. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton donated approximately $5.5 million euros to the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC on Mar. 2. Louis Vuitton also pledged 1 million euros to UNICEF to be immediately released to those directly affected by the war in Ukraine on Mar. 4. 

Other major companies that have pledged support to Ukrainian refugees since the war began include Airbnb last week promised to house 100,000 Ukrainian refugees last week and Ikea which announced on Mar. 3, an immediate €20 million to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, for the protection of people affected by the deadly conflict in Ukraine.

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