Our Third Decade of Service

Our long time sponsor, Dr. Areta Podhorodecki celebrated her 60th birthday on June 17, 2017 at her week end home in the Hamptons on Long Island.  To the many guests gathered for the celebration, Dr. Podhorodecki had a simple request.  Instead of presents, donate to the Orphans’ Aid Society.  Over $2000 was raised that day for our organization.  We thank Areta for her thoughtfulness and kindness in thinking of OAS at a time reserved for revelry and celebration.
Happy Birthday Areta.  Mnohaya Lita!


The Orphans’ Aid Society  (OAS) was established in 1992 as a New York State, not-for-profit corporation.  OAS was founded by Mrs. Mary Jowyk and several dedicated friends and volunteers from Flushing Meadows, N.Y. Mrs. Jowyk continues to serve as President of the Society to this day. Because OAS is an all-volunteer organization, with no payroll costs, it allocates almost all of its receipts directly to charitable services. All stipends from sponsors go entirely to the orphans. Our nominal administrative costs are funded separately out of the generosity of OAS donors and supporters.

The society supports orphans and half orphans residing in caring, loving households throughout the 24 Ukrainian oblasts through a central office in Kyiv and 24 chapters. OAS has been granted 501(c)(3) IRS tax status making all contributions to the Society tax exempt and tax-deductible.