To respond to the growing number of refugees arriving in Italy as a result of the war in Ukraine, AVSI and a number of other non-profit organisations, and with the support of UniCredit, opened the #HelpUkraine hub in Milan on Monday 16 May

2:00 min

The project combines service innovation and community involvement in a space provided on free loan by UniCredit. The hub was created in response to the increasing number of refugees arriving in Italy as a result of the war in Ukraine. It aims to support their social integration by providing relevant information and building a network of local individuals and families who wish to offer their help. Among the various activities, the center will provide guidance and assistance to Ukrainian refugees in Italy as well as support in obtaining medical care, including pediatric examinations and specialist visits for children and adults.

Andrea Orcel, CEO of UniCredit, commented : “I am incredibly proud that we are able to offer our help to the refugees displaced by the war in Ukraine in a specific and concrete way that allows us to also further support the unity and wellbeing of our whole community in Italy. I truly believe that our role and responsibility as a bank go far beyond lending. In the face of the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Europe right now, it is critical for us to fulfil our social function responding to the urgent needs of our communities, always empowering their progress and importantly allowing our people to actively contribute to this effort.

Furthermore, UniCredit Group employees living in Milan will have the opportunity to volunteer at the center using their annual charity day, to offer help in specific roles, including translation, administrative and practical tasks.

Caption Photo #1: Stanislav Plakhotnyi, Consul of Ukraine in Milan, Natalino Manno, Vice-prefect of Milan, Giuseppe Petronzi, Questore of Milan, Anna Scavuzzo, Deputy Mayor of Milan, Patrizia Savi, President of AVSI, Siobhán McDonagh, Head of Group People and Culture UniCredit, Giampaolo Silvestri, Secretary General of AVSI