Giving back: Ukraine relief update, GOLO donation to Nemours; SoDel’s $10,000 to Freeman Foundation


Members of the General Assembly, Donate Delaware, PAM Health, Charity Crossing, the Delaware Council on Faith-Based Leadership, and Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long recently loaded several truckloads of badly needed items for the people of Ukraine.

“The brutal assault on Ukraine by Russian forces has left millions of Ukrainians displaced and in need of life-saving resources,” said  Hall-Long. “These brave people have suffered tremendous losses, and it is critical that we provide them with much-needed supplies and support for assistance.”

Among the items collected were non-perishable foods, infant-care supplies, feminine hygiene products, medicines, and more. The event also allowed attendees the opportunity to show their support for the citizens of Ukraine. Members of Delaware’s diverse faith leader communities, including representatives from St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church, offered prayers and support for the Ukrainian civilians and defenders.


Donate Delaware’s guidance was instrumental in formulating this drive. “The Donate Delaware team would like to thank the Lt. Governor and General Assembly for donating to and bringing awareness to Ukraine during these difficult times,” said Dave Tiberi, of Donate Delaware.

PAM Health has been a leading force in Delaware’s efforts to support Ukraine “I, Dr. Kirill Alekseyev and PAM health team, would like to thank Lt. Governor Hall-Long and the General Assembly for organizing this amazing event,” said Dr. Alekseyev of PAM Health. “At sad and difficult times like this we all need to come together as human beings to help one another. We are all Ukrainian today because we are human, and war is the downfall of humankind. Slava Ukraini! Geroem Slava!”

Alekseyev grew up in Odesa.

The state’s faith communities convening in the Delaware Council on Faith-Based Partnerships have provided critical resources for those in need. According to Rev. Dr. John G. Moore, Sr., Vice-Chair of the DCFBP and Pastor of the Dover Christian Church, “Our mission is to develop partnerships between faith-based groups and executive branch agencies, promote volunteerism and community service and provide a forum for exchange of ideas on improving delivery and efficiency of services in the community by encouraging innovation and sharing best practices. We realize that our inescapable network of mutuality creates a mindset that whenever there is injustice in one nation it has a global impact. And we must come at this time to pledge allegiance of our collective faith that peace will reign over chaos, love will conquer hatred, and light will drive out darkness.”

Members of the General Assembly in attendance and offering remarks and support included Senator Nicole Poore, Senator Kyle Evans Gay and Senator David Lawson.

Newark Morning Rotary makes $10,000 donation to Ukraine relief effort

The Newark Morning Rotary donated $10,000 for Ukraine relief

The donation went through Disaster Aid USA (DAUSA), with the money going to direct relief measures immediately needed by both refugees going into Poland and the people who are still in Ukraine.

“We did not have this in our budget,” said Robin Broomall, executive director of the Rotary club,” but we took it from our future international project fund. If ever there was a need, it is now.”

Disaster Aid USA is run by Rotarians and is a Rotary International-sponsored non-profit organization. It has no paid staff and is entirely run by volunteers. They respond to disasters of all kinds – hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods – both in the USA and internationally in coordination with other Disaster Aid organizations. 

For more information on Disaster Aid USA or to donate to the Ukraine relief efforts, visit

PHOTO : Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts and founder of SoDel Cares, presents a $10,000 check to the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, which operates the Freeman Arts Pavilion near Fenwick Island. From left: Darren Silvis, development director for the Freeman Arts Pavilion; Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts; Molly Williams, patron experience director; and Patti Grimes, executive director.

SoDel donates $10,000 to Freeman Foundation and its arts efforts

So Del Cares, the philanthropic arm of SoDel Concepts, recently donated $10,000 to the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, which operates the Freeman Arts Pavilion — previously the Freeman Stage — near Fenwick Island.“The Freeman Arts Pavilion is in an exciting growth phase that will bring more live performances to Sussex County,” said Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, a Rehoboth Beach-based hospitality company and founder of SoDel Cares.

“Along with offering first-rate entertainment, the Freeman Foundation introduces the arts to K-12 students, some of whom have never seen live performances,” he noted.

SoDel Cares was created to honor SoDel Concepts’ founder, the late Matt Haley, a philanthropist. Since 2017, SoDel Cares has donated more than $740,000 to local charities.

Golo makes $10,000 donation to Ronald McDonald House

GOLO LLC, a wellness-weight loss solutions company, announces a $10,000 donation to the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware.

“We’re honored to support the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware and its role in providing a supportive environment for families with seriously ill children,” says Jennifer Brooks, President, GOLO LLC. “Their commitment to the well-being of these families is inspirational, and we could not be happier to contribute to those efforts.”

Headquartered near Newark, Delaware, GOLO and its brands empower individuals and communities by helping them take control of their health and wellness. The company’s donation to the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware will support the organization’s mission, daily operations, and nutritious meals program.

The Ronald McDonald House of Delaware provides families a “home-away-from-home” for families of seriously ill children who need a place to stay while their child receives treatment at an area hospital. A family may stay at the House whether the child is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment.