Sunday night, February 14, 2016, three buildings burnt on Diamond Street in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. It took 170 firefighters over 3 hours to stop the fire. Among victims are approximately 14 Polish Americans. Some lost everything. All feel lucky to be alive. Neighbors stepped up by providing clothing and shelter. American Red Cross provided temporary housing for some. The Polish Community is stepping up by collecting funds.
We are asking you to help. You can donate on our website www.polishassistance.org, send a check to Polish Assistance 15 East 65th St. New York, NY 10065 or deposit contribution to an account that has been set up at Polish Slavic Federal Credit Union in the name Polish Assistance - for the benefit of Diamond Street Fire Victims account No. 1284852
RIP. Our deepest condolences go out to family and friends of recently passed long-time members and supporters of Polish Assistance: Mr. Witold Sulimirski, Countess Dagmar de Brantes, Ms. Arlene Kieta, and Mrs. Alice Pyka.
Polish Assistance adds two new aide recipients - a woman with stage 4 cancer and a bricklayer that lost usage of his hand and is unable to work
2015 Newsletter Please read about our upcoming celebration of 60 years of providing assistance to those in need in our Polish American community. Read their stories and find out how you can help.
60 years ago, a successful and philanthropic group of Americans of Polish heritage formed an organization to support World War II heroes who immigrated to America from Poland to escape communism. Today, a new generation of successful and philanthropic Polish Americans is upholding the tradition of providing assistance to individuals who are at risk or in crisis due to poverty, mental or physical illness. Their support enables our organization to bring stability to these individuals by providing basic needs for housing, food and healthcare.
Our main fundraiser is the annual Bal Polonaise. The first fundraising ball, was organized by Count and Countess Jan Dembinski, Maestro and Mrs. Arthur Rubinstein and the cosmetics queen Helena Rubinstein. The 57th Annual Bal Polonaise was held on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the prestigious and magnificent Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The Plaza has been host to many of the Bal Polonaise fundraisers. We celebrated the 60th anniversary of Polish Assistance, our rich traditions, and most importantly your generosity and compassion for those less fortunate.
To provide assistance, primarily financial, to persons of Polish origin who are at risk or needy.