This week Anastasiia, our volunteer from Ukraine, went to the charity shop of Szafa Dobra in Krakow. It’s the place where Ukrainians who had to leave their hometown in times of war can get clothes, shoes and other necessities free of charge. The initiative is organized by Foundation Internationaler Bund Polska, as part of the Multicultural Center in Krakow and the Information Point for Foreigners in Krakow.
Volunteering in Szafa Dobra was a very good experience and I’d be happy to do it again. While working at one of the stands, I got to spend time with Ukrainians. I heard stories of people from my country who had to leave their home without anything. Some of them don’t have home anymore. It was a special day, touching and emotional.
So, how did this initiative started? In March 2022, together with IKEA Kraków, Strabag Polska and Diverse, Foundation Internationaler Bund Polska organized Szafa Dobra (Wardrobe Dobra). It was very important, considering that huge numbers of people escaped war with almost nothing on their hands.
Currently there are two shops of Szafa Dobra in Krakow. One is at os. Górali 8, where they provide clothes for women, men and kids. And the other is at ul. Śniadeckich 3, which offers underwear and shoes. The clothes are provided only for people who escaped since the start of full scale war.
How to volunteer at Szafa Dobra?
To assign, you just have to pick the date, shift and write your name in the schedule. You can read more and follow all the updates on this Facebook group. Note that most of the time people who speak Polish and/or Ukrainian can become volunteers there.