Become a Volunteer and Join the Armed Forces of Ukraine: How Companies in the Lviv IT Cluster Operate During the War




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Russia’s war of occupation against Ukraine continues. The Lviv IT Cluster, which brings together almost 200 IT companies and more than 25,000 IT professionals, told how, from the first days of the war, it joined the support of the Ukrainian armed forces and all those who need help now.

In collaboration with the city authorities, the Cluster has set up

5 centers for internally displaced personsand a humanitarian aid collection center for regions affected by enemy attacks, focusing separately on the collection and transfer of equipment, personal protective equipment and medicines for the military to hot spots on the lines head on.

IT professionals are working to strengthen cybersecurity in the country

A team of communication and digital marketing specialists has been created, which holds the defense and conducts an offensive on the information front, fights counterfeits and spreads the truth in Russia and Belarus.

The cluster launched the Tax payment initiative, aimed at paying in advance the Single Social Contribution and the Single Tax. This will help not only the state, but also local authorities who form the rear of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and territorial defense and deal with humanitarian challenges.

Help for those in need

All Cluster member companies actively participate in the struggle for democracy and sovereignty in Ukraine. To do this, they donate millions of hryvnias to support the army, join the volunteer movement, join the defense and the Armed Forces, take care of their employees by relocating and, despite everything, try to work to maintain stability economy in Ukraine.

Many community enterprises have announced that they are ending cooperation and all business activity with Russia in order not to provide financial support to the occupying country.

  • The company Lionwood.software provided his office with everything needed for a temporary stay, which accommodated 460 people and 200 children. A large number of companies help employees forced to leave other cities.
  • Thereby, Grid dynamics equipped with more than 100 beds in office, a playroom for children and a room for cats.
  • Symphony Solutions– part of the Lviv office was turned into a shelter, beds were placed in all the company’s meeting rooms.
  • the EPAM The company has established a shelter based out of the Lviv office, where specialists and their families from across Ukraine can temporarily stay and recuperate. A similar point is opened in Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi.

Donations

Company Nothing, on the eve of the Russian invasion, donated 900,000 hryvnia through the Come Back Alive Foundation. Company employees are actively involved in volunteering, donating to help the military, and participating in cyber warfare. N-iX supports workers who have joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine and Terodefense – it has created the N-iX Fund to help colleagues in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The company has already allocated $200,000 to the Fund.

Company DarkOn February 24, she donated 125,150 UAH to the Come Back Alive Foundation. This money was raised by company employees, which Sombra matched. The company’s own volunteer coordination center decided to allocate 20,000 company dollars each day during the hot phase of the war.

Company employees collected 136,500 hryvnias for the needs of the Ukrainian army in less than a day. Sombra has already donated over $100,000 to volunteers and foundations for the needs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Employees have agreed to donate a portion of their rewards to help the military.

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Company Ciklum, supporting the freedom and sovereignty of Ukraine, allocated 1.5 million hryvnias to finance the Ukrainian army. The company has also expanded the From Patriots to Patriots program for donations from company employee earnings – Ciklum will match funds raised and direct them to supporting Ukrainian advocates and defenders.

From Patriots to Patriots is an initiative that has donated more than $785,000 since 2014 to build the combat capability of the Ukrainian military. inject additional resources into the Ukrainian economy today. In addition to the company’s 12 million hryvnias for the Open Eyes charity fund, fundraising has been launched through its own website. Another 1.2 million UAH has already been collected there from the company’s employees.

SoftServe also handed over to the Armed Forces:

  • bullet proof vest,
  • walkie talkies,
  • helmets,
  • extension cables
  • and food banks.

Company Avengacollected 2.4 million hryvnia in cash aid to the army and made the first transfer. The second transfer of the company amounts to 50,000 euros. Avenga provides homeland defense forces with the necessary computer equipment every day. In addition, company specialists in different cities join voluntary initiatives.

After Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, ELECdonated 600,000 hryvnia and $50,000 to support Ukrainian troops. Additionally, from January to February 2022, the company donated UAH 560,000 through the Come Back Alive Foundation. Since February 28, ELEKS has increased funding for the Ukrainian Armed Forces to 600,000 UAH per day. Some employees of the company decided to serve in the territorial defense or the armed forces of Ukraine.

Company EPAMjoins the common efforts of the whole country and allocates 10 million hryvnias to the humanitarian organization Ukrainian Red Cross to meet the medical needs of Ukrainian hospitals and internally displaced people. The company has also donated more than 440,000 UAH to ASAP Rescue, a public organization that conducts rescue operations. EPAM Ukraine transferred UAH 50 million of income tax for the first quarter of 2022 to the state budget in advance.

Intellias transferred 1,000,000 UAH to the Come Back Alive Foundation. Company employees donated almost 800,000 UAH in one week. The founders of Intellias also joined in the fundraiser and donated more than 200,000 hryvnias. The company is evacuating colleagues from the eastern regions. Also provides military packages for those mobilized or to join the ranks of the territorial defense.

Company Sigma software donated 8,886,148 UAH to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Half of the amount is made up of personal donations from company employees.

the Global logic the company continues to work as usual and fully fulfills its obligations to its partners. GlobalLogic has donated UAH 1,000,000 to the charity Come Back Alive. The company also called on employees to join the initiative through foundations or trusted individuals.

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The IT cluster emphasizes that IT companies are trying to provide maximum support to the country, as well as to their employees. Every day, extraordinary efforts are made to help families forced to leave their homes, the community, the defenders, all those who need support now, with the conviction that the victory of justice, democracy, freedom and Ukraine is very close.