31, 2024

About Us

About UAWS

Who we are

Founded in 1971 by Ukrainian immigrants, the Ukrainian Association of Washington State (UAWS) emerged as a pivotal force in promoting Ukrainian culture in the Pacific Northwest. Initially known as The Ukrainian American Club of Washington, it was established with a threefold mission: to advocate for Ukraine, educate U.S. communities about the hardships endured under Soviet occupation, and celebrate Ukrainian heritage. Over five decades, UAWS evolved into a dynamic 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, becoming one of Ukraine’s oldest cultural diplomacy vehicles.

The association remained committed to its founding principles through dedication and periodic reinvention. In 2010, UAWS achieved a significant milestone by becoming a tax-exempt organization under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3) in Washington State. This legal recognition further solidified its dedication to serving the Ukrainian-American community. With its newfound legal status, UAWS has expanded its reach, offering diverse programs to enhance cultural awareness and foster unity among Ukrainians throughout the United States, ensuring a lasting legacy for generations to come.

Throughout these years, we established our local dance ensemble, “Barvinok,” and choir, “Serpanok.” These artistic ensembles have helped spread awareness of our beautiful culture through various concerts and festivals. 

Response to the Russian Invasion

Since the Russian invasion in 2014, UAWS has played an active role in helping and supplying aid to Ukraine. After Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, UAWS quickly adapted and expanded our humanitarian aid capabilities, pivoting to a humanitarian hub to collect, pack, and send emergency food, clothes, and emergency medical supplies for civilians and hospitals in Ukraine. We teamed up with Medical Teams Worldwide to help and supply aid to Ukraine.

In light of the full-scale Russian aggression, in 2022, we established a humanitarian hub and have assisted Ukrainians affected by the war within and abroad through various humanitarian initiatives.

Advocating on behalf of Ukraine

We work with members of the Ukrainian community and supporters across Washington to plan and organize public events, such as rallies and demonstrations, that show solidarity with Ukraine and raise awareness about the ongoing war.

Our Mission

Our mission is to preserve and celebrate Ukrainian heritage as the unifying link among Ukrainian-Americans throughout the U.S. We are dedicated to promoting interest in and knowledge of Ukraine through diverse social, cultural, and educational programs that engage and unite Ukrainians of all ages and backgrounds. By fostering a strong, interconnected community, we aim to enrich our cultural legacy for future generations.

Our Vision

Our vision is to create a vibrant, unified Ukrainian-American community across Washington State, celebrating and preserving our cultural heritage through engaging social, cultural, and educational programs. We aim to inspire future generations to cherish and continue our rich traditions.

Meet our team

Board Members

Eduard Dudar

Vice President

Oleksandr Senyuk

Treasurer

Kateryna Senyuk

Secretary

Iryna Novachuk

Board Member, Community Outreach & Special Events

Luba Uzik

Board Member, Communications & Marketing, Lovage Ukrainian Book Club Founder & Moderator

Solomea Khtey

Board Member, Social Media Manager, Barvinok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble Manager & Instructor, Member of PLAST Ukrainian Scouting Organization

Lyusya Buriy

Board Member, Barvinok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble Instructor, Member of PLAST Ukrainian Scouting Organization

Tanya Zayka

Board Member, Nonprofit Fundraiser

UAWS Advocacy

The UAWS Advocacy was formed in 2014 as a response to the Russian invasion in the eastern parts of Ukraine, which threatens the integrity of a democratic country’s borders, as well as the Ukrainian community’s concern over the humanitarian and economic situations.

UAWS Advocacy activists meet weekly with government representatives to champion Ukrainian issues to Washington State’s Congress members. We assist in organizing public events, rallies, and demonstrations and communicate with the media to ensure coverage. We show solidarity with Ukraine and raise awareness about the ongoing Russian war.

Vladyslav Bobrovnyk

Lead of UAWS Advocacy Committee

Brian Bennett

Legal Leader with 20 years of management, transactional, and corporate experience

Natasha Kocharov

Marketing Specialist

Tetiana Petruk

 

Volunteers

UAWS is incredibly proud of our volunteers, many of whom sacrifice their time and resources to help Ukraine. They contribute to our vibrant community and are making a real impact on promoting Ukraine’s needs.

Myron Malyy

Photographer

Marta Stashevska

Event Assistant, Real Estate Agent at Home Smart

Ksenia Koshykova

Event Assistant & Graphic Designer, Koshyk Design LLC

Ivanka Gomilko

Graphic Designer

Tetyana Matsyuk

Highline College Faculty, I-BEST

Alla Antonyuk

Program Manager

Ilona Porfirova

Web Designer

Iryna Sh

Event Assistant

Interested in helping? Join our volunteer movement! We always need helpers at events, ideas for future fundraisers, collaborations with different businesses, and more!

Project 1
More information coming soon

UAWS Stands with Ukraine

Project 2

More information coming soon