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Dear AlphaMinds Community and Friends!

You are simply amazing!  We would like to thank everyone who contributed and donated over the past two weeks, either through our Amazon list or by bringing much needed supplies to our school on Saturdays.  Together, we have collected and donated thousands of dollars worth of critically needed supplies for the Ukrainian people! 

All the received goods have been sorted, packed and are on their way to their final destination.

! Our Chess Tournament on March 13th raised $750 which we donated to Ukrainian Jersey City, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to provide assistance to the Ukrainian refugees who have arrived to Jersey City and greater Hudson County.

! A bake sale organized by our students on March 19th raised $957 which was donated to Razom for Ukraine organization


Ukrainian men and women continue their brave fight for their country's freedom and future against the aggressor and the occupying forces.  Thousands of families are caught in the war zones.  There are over 10,000,000 refugees, primarily women, children and elderly.   

There is a critical need for medical and tactical supplies to help people who are fighting in the military and Ukrainian citizens who remain in the cities that are under attack.  

Please support Ukraine and help the Ukrainian people!


~Bring your donations to AlphaMinds Academy on Saturdays between 9am and 1pm.  We continue to accept donations of the supplies that are critically needed in Ukraine (please see the list of accepted items below)! Please only come between the times listed above, as this the only time that our teams will be on site to accept donations.  If you cannot make it during those times but still would like to donate, please contact us at 201-844-8535 to make alternative arrangements.

Address: AlphaMinds Academy/Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County, 225 Morris Blvd Jersey City, NJ 07302

~Order from our Amazon List which lists the most critically and urgently needed TACMED supplies.  You can drop them off with us on Saturday, 9am -1 pm or ship the items directly to the registry address under the name Oleh Dubno;  Oleh is a parent of one of our students.  His mom Svitlana and a team of volunteers in Brooklyn are working tirelessly to receive, sort and package for shipping all these supplies.  If you order from this list, please order as many units as you can but of the same item - this makes the sorting job much easier! 

All collected items are shipped by or carriers.


~Donate to the Razom For Ukraine organization, a 501 (c)(3)non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and supplies for Ukraine.  Your donation is tax-deductible.  Please check if your employer's company will match (many do!)

~Donate to the Ukrainian Jersey City. A subsidiary of Razom, Ukrainian JC is a Jersey City based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide assistance to the Ukrainian refugees who have arrived in Jersey City and greater Hudson County.  In addition to the monetary donations, Ukrainian JC is looking for individuals or businesses that can assist with housing, medical care, psychological care, legal/immigration and other assistance for these families.  If you would like to help out, please reach out to

~ Donate to the Global Disaster Relief TeamThe Global Disaster Relief Team is a 501(c)3 organization formed by a group of U.S. Russian-speaking medics in response to the Russia-Ukraine crisis.  One of the parents of our students, Dr Natalia Rimareva, is currently volunteering as part of this organization at the Polish/Ukrainian border.  Please see her post with more information here

Donate to the Direct Relief Fund


Please note: Clothes, diapers and blankets are no longer accepted!

ITEMS COLLECTED ON SITE* - to be dropped off at AlphaMinds Academy on Saturday.

  • Top Priority: Medical Supplies (full list is here)

  • Top Priority:TACMED Supplies (full AMAZON list is here*), especially items like: tourniquets, wound and burn care, compression bandage

Also, still collecting:

  • Hygiene products (feminine products, wipes, deodorants, etc.)

  • Thermal underwear & socks (men/women/children)

  • Sleeping bags

  • Flashlights

Please do not bring:

  • Clothes, diapers or blankets are no longer accepted due to the abundance for the donations of these items

  • Alcohol and any products with alcohol

  • Perishable foods

  • Knives

  • Batteries

  • Aerosols

  • Compressed air and gas cylinders

  • Camping stoves

  • Matches

  • Perfumes/aftershave

  • Illegal drugs

​For a full list of restricted items, please visit


Dear AMA Community,


This is the hardest post we had to write in almost 11 years of operating AlphaMinds Academy, but this is not the time to stay silent. Like so many in this world, we are horrified by the war launched by Russia against an independent and sovereign Ukraine, and devastated by the loss of lives. We condemn in the strongest terms the actions of the Russian government and its president, Vladimir Putin. 


We would like to express our deepest solidarity and support to everyone affected by this senseless war. First and foremost, with everyone who has family, relatives, or friends in Ukraine. Our hearts go out to anyone who is currently in danger, and we pray for their safety. Also, to those Russian citizens who are openly condemning the actions of their government, as well as to everyone in the world who is against this senseless war, regardless of their nationality, place of birth, or mother tongue. 


AlphaMinds Academy was founded in September 2011 by Anna Novosyolok, an immigrant from Ukraine. Since the first day of our school, we have been very proud of our multinational and diverse team of educators. Our current teachers come from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Poland, India, Egypt, Nigeria, and the US. While most of our students are born in the US, their parents and grandparents stem from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Israel, Canada, countries of the EU, and even from South America, Africa, and Asia!  


The mission of our Russian school is to teach the Russian language to children of all Russian-speaking families, regardless of their country of origin, and to introduce children to the cultural and literary heritage of their parents and grandparents.  We are very proud to be able to help parents raise the next generation of bilingual children. 


Wars are started by politicians and generals, not by teachers, writers, and artists. Language might be used as a false pretense to start a war, but the language itself is never a culprit.  


Al children deserve to live in a peaceful world where all people get along, love, and respect each other. As adults, we must do everything possible to keep this world safe for our children! ​

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