1981, the PACCF has been conducting a very active "Relief
for Poland" program through which over 260 million
worth of humanitarian aid was provided to hospitals, orphanages,
rehabilitation centers for the physically and mentally disabled,
the ill and the needy of Poland. Over the years, the PACCF
humanitarian aid has reached over 200 rural hospitals and over
80 homes for disabled children. Each year, the PACCF
helps thousands of children and adults throughout Poland.
PACCF also sponsors two special cardiac centers and has
arranged training sessions for doctors and medical staff from
Poland. The PACCF Book Program provides thousands of
books annually to Poland's medical schools, universities, hospitals
and other institutions to provide modern up-to- date literature
and reference materials. Between the years 1992 - 1995 the PACCF
engaged in a special program to help the disabled and the elderly
in homes throughout Poland, and continues a very active program
of providing medical supplies, pharmaceuticals and hospital
the summer of 1997 as record rains and floods ravaged the Polish
countryside, the PACCF sponsored a flood relief program.
Through its telethons, radiothons and numerous fund drives conducted
across the United States, the PACCF has been able to
fund shipments of relief supplies and medicines valued at over
The next phase of relief assistance was be that
of "Assisting in Reconstruction". The 1998
harvest was lost due to flood. The PACCF worked with
institutions and organizations in the health sector, agriculture
and in education. The PACCF also donated pharmaceutical
drugs, medical supplies and specialized rehabilitation medical
equipment to hospitals, clinics and rehabilitation centers throughout
the years the PACCF has shipped close to 300 million
dollars relief programs to Poland. These goods, equipment ,
medical supplies, food, clothing, books and farming implements
were distributed throughout various geographic regions in Poland
and included hospitals, clinics and rehabilitation centers.
The 5th Youth Cultural Trip consisting of 24 children and two
adults left for a two week visit on July 5th. This year the
trip was organized by a Polish tour group Almatur making the
trip even more interesting since a guide was with the group
the whole time. The group visited Jasna Gora, Czestochowa, Krakow,
Wieliczka, Warszawa, Torun, Znin, Biskupin, Zelazowa Wola, and
The children learn about the history and culture of Poland,
and were able to do some hands on activities like making pierniki
and learning traditional dances. The highlights of the trip
for the children were the visits to the Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego,
Centrum Nauki Kopernika, a medieval castle, and most notably
Auschwitz. On the last day in the Pienniny Mountains a raft
cruise on the Dunajec River.
the Warsaw Uprising Musem.
the salt sculptures in the mines in Wieliczka.
front of Pope John Paul II statue.
October of 2014 Vice Presidents, Steve Tokarski and Chris Nowotarski,
traveled to Poland for a visit to several organizations the
PACCF supports. Traveling over 1,000 miles they visited organizations
in Warsaw, Krakow, Rzeszow, Tarnow, and Sobieszewo/Gdansk. They
were warmly greeted everywhere they went, with stories of how
much the funds received helped the organization in their charitable
work. In Sobieszewo/Gdansk, Towarzystwo Opieki Nad Ociemnialymi
mentioned that without the donation they received from PACCF
they would have had to close. This would have left around 300
people without local assistance, who would have to travel to
Warsaw for help.
A visit to Stowarzyszenie Pomocy Dzieciom i Mlodziezy Niepewnosprawnych
lntelektualnie in Tarnow, was of great satisfaction. They continue
to do a good job in giving handicapped children a place to thrive
and receive care they would not receive otherwise. The same
was true of Stowarzyszenie Pomocy Dzieciom i Mlodziezy Sprawnej
Inaczej in Rzeszow/Trzebownisko. Here the mayor came personally
to thank the PACCF for the donation made for the school for
and Mr. Tokarski with the staff and residents of Stowarzyszenie
Pomocy Dzieciom i Mlodziezy Sprawnej Inaczej in Rzeszow/Trzebownisko.
of the specialized beds purchased with funds from the PACCF,
of which more are greatly needed.
and residents of Stowarzyszenie Pomocy Dzieciom i Mlodziezy
Niepelnosprawnych Intelektualnie during activities.
specialized wheelchair purchased with funds from the PACCF.
The chair helps greatly with mobility.
of the young residents of Towarzystwo Opieki Nad Ociemnialymi
some basic skills.
Nowotarski discusses plans with the staff at Towarzystwo Opieki
Representing the PACCF, Alina Slomiany visited Towarzystwo Pomocy
Gluchoniewidomym, an institute our organization has been supporting
for several years. During her meeting with the institute's director
Mr. Grzegorz Kozlowski, Alina presented a donation of $5,000.00.
The donation will help the institute to continue their multiple
activities, which enrich the lives of blind and deaf people.
The institute depends on the work of volunteers with whom Alina
was able to meet and discuss plans for the future.
Alina Slomiany of PACCF during visit with director Grzegorz
Kozlowski, Bozena Wieckowska(center left), and volunteers for
Towarzystwo Pomocy Gluchoniewidomym.
her visit to Poland, Alina Slomiany also met with Artur Kolosinski
of Diagnos Sp, a manufacturing firm specializing in medical
equipment. The main focus of this meeting was the purchase of
an ambulatory respirator for Szpital Specialistyczmy in Sanok
located in the Bieszczadzki Region. The hospital covers a wide
area and their ambulance up to now did not have a respirator.
The PACCF covered the full cost of the much needed respirator.
Kolosinski of Diagnos Sp receives donation for purchase of respirator
Szpital Specialistyczmy in Sanok, from PACCF representative
the 4th Annual Youth Cultural Trip a group of 13 children and
one adult left for a two week visit on June 19th. As in previous
years the Summer Program was funded by PACCF, Wspolnota Polska
and the fraternals to which the children belong. Using the Dom
Polonii in Pultusk as a homebase, the group visited Jasna Gora
in Czestochowa, Krakow, Wieliczka, Warszawa, Torun, as well
as smaller villages and nature preserves in the surrounding
area of Pultusk. The children learn about the history and culture
of Poland, and were able to do some hands on activities like
making pierniki. The highlights of the trip for the children
were the visits to the Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego and Centrum
from United States and Canada at the Bazylika Kolegiacka from
the 16th century during 2011 Youth Trip.
Learning of Polish history, traditions, and
architecture in Torun.
Making traditional pierniki
Trying out science experiences during visit
to Centrum Nauki Kopernika.
DELEGATION IN POLAND, JULY 2010
Meeting with Caritas Polska
On July 20, 2010, the PACCF delegation visited the headquarters
of Caritas Polska, the largest Catholic charity in Poland. PACCF
President Virginia Sikora, PACCF Vice Presidents Christopher
Nowotarski and Steve Tokarski, and PACCF Director Bo
Padowski presented a donation of $10,000 to Caritas for a program
called "Backpacks Full of Smiles" or "Turnister
pelen Usmiechow." The funds will be used for back-to-school
supplies for Polish children who were affected by the recent
floods in Poland. Over 5000 backpacks have been filled with
supplies -- and with smiles -- so far.
discussed during the meeting that the PACFF will continue
to support in the future include sending aid to children in
Poland suffering from childhood diseases. Father Marian Subocz,
Director of Caritas Poland, expressed his gratitude to Polish
Americans for their generosity and for their continued support
of the people of Poland, especially its youngest citizens, whose
lives are often the most affected by economic hardships.
Meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
On July 21, 2010, the PACCF delegation visited the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland and met with Undersecretary
of State Grazyna Bernatowicz, who is responsible for political
matters and policy development within the EU and for North and
South America. Present at the meeting were PACCF President
Virginia Sikora, PACCF Vice Presidents Christopher Nowotarski
and Steve Tokarski, PACCF Director Bo Padowski, and Aleksander
Sielicki, President of the Polish Cultural Center in Krasnodar,
and the Polish Women's Alliance of America offered financial
support for a joint effort to send Polish children from areas
affected by the recent floods to Krasnodar for a summer camp.
Undersecretary of State Bernatowicz expressed her thanks for
the donation of $8,500 ($6000 from the PACCF and $2500
from PWA) which will underwrite the program. Other possible
areas of cooperation between the East and West were discussed
as were the efforts of Poles living around the world to bring
aid to the flood victims in Poland. The PACCF, along
with the PWA and PNA, have donated $23,500 so far and the fundraising
continues. The PACCF delegation also met with the Marshal
of the Senate Bogdan Borusiewicz.
group of young Polish Americans left for Poland on Sunday, July
18, 2010. Here is a group photo taken at Chicago's O'Hare International
Airport shortly before departure. The group has arrived safely
in Warsaw and will spend the next two weeks traveling across
Poland, visiting her cities, exploring her historical treasures,
and getting to know her people. The second group leaves for
Poland on August 1st. The Summer Program is funded by the PACCF,
Wspolnota Polska, and by the fraternals of which the students
Group gathers at O'Hare International Airport on July 18, 2010
July 2009, PACCF President Virginia Sikora and Director Bo Padowski
visited a number of institutions in Poland and presented them
with much-needed donations that will be used to the help the
blind, deaf, and disabled. The recipients included the Institute
for the Blind in Laski, the Polish Alliance for the Blind, the
Jakub Falkowski Institute for the Deaf, and an elementary school
PACCF Virginia Sikora presents a donation of $10,360 to Sister
Gabriela from Towarzystwo Opieki nad Ociemnialymi in Laski near
Warsaw, Poland - July 2009.
At left, Laski Director Murawska (104 years old), at right Bo
Padowski, Director, PACCF.
Director of the Jakub Falkowski Institute accepts a donation
of $1,480 from PACCF President Virginia Sikora, Warsaw, Poland,
President Virginia Sikora presents a donation of $2,960 to Polski
Zwiazek Niewidomych in Warsaw, Poland, July 2009.
the July 2009 visit, President Virginia Sikora and Director
Bo Padowski also met with representatives from other Polish
institutions who have requested aid from PACCF in order to determine
their needs firsthand. These included the Institute for the
Blind in Sobieszewo, the Society for Aid to the Deaf and Dumb,
and the Franciscan Sisters in Warsaw who are building a school
for the blind in Rawanda.
Izabela from Towarzystwo Opieki Nad Ociemnialymi shows PACCF
President Virginia Sikora the grounds in Sobieszewo near Gdansk
in Poland, where they would like to build a rehabilitation center
for the blind and disabled. The estimated cost of the project
is $3 million Polish zlotych.
President Virginia Sikora and Bo Padowski, PACCF Director discuss
the needs of the deaf and blind with represenatives of TPG (Towarzystwo
Pomocy Gluchoniniewidomym) in Warsaw, Poland July 2009.
Sikora and Bo Padowski admire a sculpture titled "Chrystus
Frasobliwy" by Stanislaw Wojtowicz from TPG.
sculptures made by the blind and the deaf.
KOCZOT - Madonna z dzieciatkiem
SZELACHOWSKA - Kot w butach
2008 PACCF President Virginia Sikora and PACCF Vice President
Christopher Nowotarski met in Poland with President of "Wspolnota
Polska" Andrzej Stelmachowski to discuss the planning and
development of a new Cultural Learning Program for Students.
The pilot program is being organized for summer 2009 with the
cooperation and joint efforts of two organizations -- PACCF
and "Wspolnota Polska".
with Stowarzyszenie Wspolnota Polska organized the first Cultural
Learning Program for students held in Pultusk, Poland, this
summer. Nineteen children between the ages of 12 and 15 from
three organizations participated: Polish Women's Alliance of
America, the Polish Falcons, and the Polish Roman Catholic Union.
Most of the participants had never visited Poland before and
most did not speak Polish. They visited Warsaw, Krakow, Oswiecim,
Wieliczka, Torun, and Jasna Gora in Czestochowa. It was an exciting
learning experience for the participants, who learned a lot
about the history, culture, and traditions of the land of their
at Wawel in Krakow
time in Sukiennice, Krakow
time in Pultusk
Virginia Sikora and PACCF Director Bo Padowski met with President
of Stowarzyszenie Wspolnota Polska, Marszalek Maciej Plaszynski,
to discuss and evaluate this summer's pilot program for students
meeting, President Sikora stressed the importance of continuing
to offer such educational and cultural programs in the future
to Polish American teens living in the United States.
President Virginia Sikora with Marszalek Senatu Bogdan Borusewicz
left Krzysztof Lachmanski, President Wspolnota Polska Pultusk
branch, Virginia Sikora, PACCF President, Bogdan Borusiewicz,
Marszalek Senatu and Bo Padowski, PACCF Director.
right PACCF President Virginia Sikora , President Stowarzyszenia
Wspolnota Polska Marszalek Maciej Plaszynski, PACCF Director
Bo Padowski and President Wspolnota Polska Pultusk Branch Krzysztof
TO OVER 30 YEARS OF LOYAL SUPPORT from individuals, organizations
and businesses we have as of the end of 2010 sent close to $260
million in support to Poland. This includes not only monetary
donations but also shipments medical supplies totaling over
1100 forty (40) foot marine containers, plus shipments via LOT
Polish Airlines, and through parcel shippers such as DOMA.
TOTAL DONATIONS TO POLAND VALUE BY YEARS
continues to help hospitals, orphanages and rehabilitation centers