Led by its Employees, Pioneer Pledges Financial Support for Humanitarian Relief Efforts in Ukraine


Recurring employee paycheck deductions to Pioneer’s Charitable Foundation during April and May will be matched by Pioneer, generating $20,000 to aid children and families in the war-torn country

Albany – Demonstrating its resolute commitment to helping those in need, Pioneer today pledged to provide critical financial support for children and families impacted by the war in Ukraine. Led by its 250-person Capital Region workforce, Pioneer will donate $20,000 to aid humanitarian relief efforts.

 Nearly all of Pioneer’s employees support Pioneer’s Charitable Foundation through recurring paycheck deductions and one-time contributions made throughout the year. During the months of April and May, those donations will be directed to organizations providing food, clothing, school supplies and other critical items to the Ukrainian children. In addition, Pioneer will make a dollar-for-dollar match of all employee contributions.

 “All of us at Pioneer have been deeply affected by the heartbreaking images showing Ukrainian children and families devastated by this war,” said Tom Amell, President and CEO of Pioneer. “As an organization committed to uplifting our community and ‘helping kids be kids,’ Pioneer is honored to do its part to assist these courageous individuals. I’m proud that this effort is being led by our proactive and caring employees, whose dedication to helping others is truly inspiring.”

At the conclusion of the campaign, Pioneer will work with St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Troy, NY to distribute the donated funds to relief organizations. Members of the public are also invited to make contributions through the Pioneer Charitable Foundation; secure online donations may be made at www.pioneerny.com/community.

“We are humbled and honored by Pioneer’s compassion and empathy toward these innocent children,” said Michele Ryan, a parishioner at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church, who has been helping to coordinate the relief effort. “We are in direct contact with teachers and principals of schools in Slovakia that have welcomed Ukrainian refugee children, and every single dollar of this donation will buy food, clothing, backpacks, books, school supplies, snacks, and other essential items. Our partnership with Pioneer will truly make a difference.”

Established in 2018 with a mission of “Helping Kids be Kids,” Pioneer’s Charitable Foundation has provided more than $1 million in support to over 375 Capital Region organizations serving the health and welfare of children. Those agencies address critical needs such as housing, nutrition, and health care, and provide educational, social and recreational opportunities. Along with financial support, Pioneer’s employees have volunteered more than 10,000 hours, and they are actively involved in selecting organizations to receive funding. 

Pioneer welcomes organizations to seek charitable requests. Agencies are asked to establish a connection with a Pioneer employee, who would then assist with submitting a request for consideration. Importantly, all administrative costs of the Foundation are covered by Pioneer, ensuring that 100% of all donations go directly to local charitable organizations.