Esmark Inc. Chairman & CEO James P. Bouchard and Martina Roda have made an initial donation of $25,000 USD to aid and support Ukrainians seeking refuge in Košice, Slovakia. Esmark will match monetary donations made by Americans who support Ukrainian refugees up to an additional $25,000 USD.
The company will match monetary contributions made by Americans to help Ukrainian refugees up to an additional $25,000. Donations can be made to any legitimate and verified organization including, but not limited to, UNICEF USA, ActionAid USA, Americares, Mercy Corps. Donors should email a confirmation code/receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bouchard is a former U.S. Steel executive vice president and statutory representative of the Slovak Republic, transforming East Slovakian Ironworks, Košice–now known as U.S. Steel Košice–in Slovakia after U.S. Steel acquired it. Bouchard and Roda’s donation was made on behalf of the former U.S. Steel American and Slovak Commercial teams.
This initial donation was made directly to the City of Košice, a city led by Mayor Ing. Jaroslav Polaček, with whom Esmark, Bouchard and Roda have a long-standing relationship.
“Every day, Ukrainian civilians are arriving in Slovakia to seek shelter, food, safety, and kindness,” said Bouchard. “Providing resources to neighboring countries and cities—like Košice—enables them to help these innocent people during one of the darkest times of their lives.”
According to Reuters, more than 2.6 million Ukrainian civilians—mostly women and children— have fled the country since Russia’s invasion, with 185,000 people arriving in Slovakia seeking refuge.
“We are immensely grateful to Esmark, Mr. Bouchard and Ms. Roda for this generous donation. The funds will be used to continue providing shelter, food and safety to our neighbors fleeing Ukraine,” said Košice City Mayor Ing. Jaroslav Polaček.
“Jim and I remain good friends with many of our former colleagues in Slovakia. They have been keeping us informed of the influx of refugees into Košice, estimating that more than 17,000 refugees have arrived,” said Roda. “On behalf of our friends and former colleagues, we wanted to provide swift support so that they can deliver immediate aid to people in need.”
Esmark and Bouchard have a history of and commitment to helping others in need. Over the last 15 years, more than $10 million has been donated to humanitarian relief and children’s charities.
Bouchard continued, “We will standby for future and additional Košice-Ukrainian relief efforts for families and children.”