Netguru stands with Ukraine.
As the horrifying events unfold, our hearts and minds go out to Ukrainians worldwide. The tragedy Ukraine is facing calls for immediate action.Our teams are in touch with our friends and colleagues both in Ukraine and in Poland as we try to understand the most pressing needs we can accommodate and the best ways in which we can offer support to both co-workers and their loved ones.
We see it as our duty to support not just our Ukrainian community at Netguru, but all the Ukrainians who fear for their lives and the future of their country.
Read on to learn more about the initiatives we’re driving or are involved in. We hope it’ll get you inspired in case your organization wonders how to support Ukraine right now.
Relocation to Poland
For the past few weeks we’ve been contacting our Ukrainian employees, partners, and contractors to understand their needs and offer relocation assistance for them and their families. Some of the people we’ve reached out to are already safe in Poland, and more are on their way. We’re waiting for information on more relocation requests.
We’re also ready to support other Ukrainian teams in their office relocation, providing temporary use of our office spaces in Poznań, Kraków, Warszawa, Łódź, Wrocław, and Białystok.
We're also working on a dedicated aid fund for our team members that would include various benefits crucial for them right now. More details soon.
Extended support for our colleagues
We are in constant touch with our colleagues who live in the war zone or whose families are affected, as we try to understand what kind of help they need the most. We’ve introduced a few solutions to support them.
- Our Ukrainian colleagues received additional 10 days of paid leave, to be used this year;
- If needed, one salary will be paid in advance;
- We established financial aid for employees directly affected by the war;
- Mental health support is available for relocated family members;
- Families that moved to Poland can attend Polish and English language classes free of charge.
Supporting organic initiatives
As one of many bottom-up initiatives, some of our people decided to share their living space with war refugees from Ukraine. Together, we’ve developed a list of all available accommodations in order to make it easier for our support coordinators to organize help and communication between them and dedicated NGOs.
Netguru Team is already involved in various charity initiatives, from providing or collecting clothing and hygienic supplies donations to offering transportation and financial support, and we are proud to see them in action. We’ve decided that every financial donation to an NGO of their choice will be matched by us at Netguru, and we’ll donate the funds to the Polish Center for International Aid on Friday this week (February 3rd, 2022).
A dedicated internal blog space is available to all our team members with links to current initiatives they can get involved in, as well as verified resources with how-to manuals, lists of NGOs and charities raising donations, etc. We’ve also created new dedicated Slack channels to keep the communication transparent and easy to access. We recommend other organizations develop similar spaces to help their people get organized.
Tech For Ukraine
As part of the Tech To The Rescue initiative, we are extending our support to all the people in Ukraine. TTTR is an organization aiming to connect change makers from the social and tech worlds that creates opportunities for unlocking technology resources and the potential of global collaboration to create positive social impact.
We’ve committed to support the Tech For Ukraine non-profit initiative with our talents and skills.
Netguru is currently involved in two non-profit projects developed as part of Tech For Ukraine: the first one is aimed at supporting the management of the humanitarian response of multiple NGOs (coordinated by Polska Akcja Humanitarna), and the second one is a joint database on diverse individual and collective efforts to manage the information chaos resulting from the current situation.
For more information and updates about the TTTR projects underway, go here.
Sharing knowledge to help others increase their impact
In order to help our clients, vendors and our whole community stay informed about the current situation and how they can get involved, we’ve developed a set of resources that includes guidelines, contact details, and verified humanitarian relief organizations. We’re also offering our support and best practices in establishing temporary offices, project coordination, process management. Need help? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Psychological support for the team
As of March 1st, 2022, every Netguru team member receives complimentary access to mental health support services. Consultations are provided anonymously. We’d like to thank our friends at Therapify for offering their help.
This is just the beginning of a long-term aid program. If you have any questions or further ideas on how we could get involved more or with greater impact, let us know at email@example.com.
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