On February 24, 2022 Russia invaded Ukraine. Since then images of families forced to separate, NICU babies sheltering in a hospital basement, and whole communities hiding in subway stations have dominated our news and social media feeds. If what’s happening in Ukraine is deeply affecting you and you want to help, you aren’t alone. Read on for ways to support Ukraine right now—even from halfway around the world. We’ll update this story as more resources and information become available.
Contact your Senators and Representatives in Congress to urge them to support Ukraine. If you aren’t sure who your representative is (or how to contact them), head to democracy.io.
Donate: There are many charities and non-profit organizations providing aid to Ukranians during the invasion. We’ve identified some you can help support:
Voices of Children: Ukrainian organization that aims to provide psychological and psychosocial support to children affected by war.
Save the Children: On the ground in the U.S. and around the world delivering essential humanitarian aid.
World Central Kitchen: WCK is currently on the ground in Poland helping to support families fleeing Ukraine.
Doctors Without Borders: On Feb. 25, 2022, Doctors Without Borders posted an update on their site saying that while they remain in Ukraine, they had to “make the painful decision to halt our activities.” They noted that “we are currently seeking ways to adapt our response as the conflict situation evolves” and that, “The situation is fast-evolving, so we are mobilizing an emergency-preparedness response to be ready for a variety of potential needs.”
International Medical Corps: International Medical Corps' teams inside Ukraine and in the surrounding region are responding to the conflict by expanding access to medical and mental health services for those living in affected communities, and working to help refugees. You can donate directly here.
GoFundMe: This is a verified, centralized hub where you can donate to various Ukraine relief efforts. Every fundraiser is reviewed to make sure that funds are delivered to the correct recipients. GoFundMe also verifies that donors and organizers are acting in compliance with U.S. and international laws, including global financial laws and regulations and evolving economic sanctions.
Global Giving: All donations to the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund will support humanitarian assistance in impacted communities in Ukraine and surrounding regions where Ukrainian refugees have fled. GlobalGiving's local partners are bringing relief to terrified and displaced communities, and they need resources to continue their life-saving work. You can donate directly here.
International Committee of the Red Cross: According to a recent update ICRC says: “our teams now in Ukraine will continue their work to repair vital infrastructure, support health facilities with medicines and equipment, and support families with food and hygiene items.” Learn more here.
Aren’t sure if the charity you are considering is legitimate? Check out CharityNavigator.org.
Share responsibly: While it’s easy to click one button and share a news story to your feed, before doing so make sure you are sharing accurate and legitimate information from a reputable source. It’s important to stay informed responsibly. So.informed has a great guide about easy ways to identify credible online sources.