Polish Assistance

Polish Assistance was incorporated in 1956 with the aim of giving financial aid to Polish immigrants, especially the elderly. The nascent organization immediately began to raise funds under the energetic leadership of its initiators, Count and Countess Jan Dembinski.


The first major success was a fund raising ball organized in the Park Avenue triplex of the cosmetics queen Helena Rubinstein. The event eventually became the elegant and popular Bal Polonaise at the Plaza.


Initially, the activity of Polish Assistance consisted of small grants and loans to individuals in need. It proceeded to own and operate three homes in New Jersey for elderly Polish immigrants of limited means. After the fall of communism in Poland in 1989, Countess Maria Dembinski purchased a property near Warsaw so immigrants could return to their homeland to live out their final years if they so desired. 


Our present activity, again focusing on the New York metropolitan area as well as Tampa Bay, Florida, consists of aiding Polish individuals directly or to subsidize care through other institutions, that are in a position to provide services. Direct assistance is given on a monthly basis, usually to supplement low social security payments or to cover extraordinary medical bills.