The Polish American Congress Charitable Foundation, Inc., (PACCF) is a not-for-profit organization under Section 503(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code with offices in Chicago and Washington. Established in 1971 by the PAC, the Charitable Foundation supports cultural, educational and humanitarian efforts which emphasize Polish-American heritage. A major component of the PACCF’s work has been charitable assistance to Poland.

Cardinal Jozef Glemp and Honorary President of
PAC-NJ Feliks S. Bruks
In 1981 the PACCF initiated the "Relief for Poland’ project. It launched this effort at the direct request of Lech Walesa, then chairman Of Solidarity and former President Of Poland, as well as the Charitable Commission Of the Polish Catholic Bishops’ Conference (CARITAS). Thanks to the generosity of individuals, business, governmental, and corporate donors, the PACCF has been able to date to ship countless transports of medicines, hospital equipment, baby food, pediatric vitamins, clothing, medical supplies, rehabilitation equipment, books, agricultural tools, and disinfectants to Poland. And we make a dollar stretch: since 1981, the PACCF has sent over $200,000,000.00 worth of humanitarian assistance to Poland at a cost of Just $a 8,000.00! You can be sure that the money and goods which go into the PACCF are stretched and matched to their max !!!

In 1990 the PACCF received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to support a project of "Assistance to Rural Hospitals in Poland". This grant provided was matched in such a way as to provide over $15,000,000 worth of supplies to more than 140 rural hospitals. Since 1991 the PACCF has been working with USAID on "Special Assistance for Disabled Children and Elderly".

Right after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster we shipped over 130 tons of baby food and milk and 3 million vitamins. The PACCF has regularly sent medical supplies and equipment to the Cardiology Center in Katowice-Ochojec, where over 1,000 heart operations occur annually. The PACCF cooperates with the Deborah Heart and Lung Center in New Jersey, bringing over 300 Polish children for needed cardiac surgery to the Garden State. Polish doctors come to Deborah to learn the latest in lifesaving techniques. The PACCF has donated five specially equipped buses to transport children in wheelchairs to rehabilitation centers in Poland.

New Jersey has been very active in the PACCF's work. Numerous transport containers have been loaded in the Garden State. The "Solidarity Express Train "of 1980-81, organized by the national PAC, included lots of donations of used clothing, shoes, and other supplies collected in New Jersey. New Jersey hospitals and pharmaceutical companies have been generous in donating supplies.

With the vast changes taking place in Poland today, the need for help still remains. Great changes for the better are taking place but, as is often the case, the impact on the poor, elderly, disabled, and children is always the greatest. We continue to try to Provide assistance buffering the challenges of this new era, but we need your help.