How to Support Ukraine
If you woke up this morning to the news about Ukraine and felt scared and helpless, we feel you. Have you been scrolling through social media trying to figure out how to support Ukraine but don’t know what organizations to trust or how to help? We’ve got a starting point.
Living through history and major global conflict is scary, but taking action is important. If you’re reading this from the U.S., you’ve been incredibly lucky that you’ve (probably) not seen the consequences of war firsthand. It’s hard to imagine what it can be like, and you might not know what you can do to help the people affected by violence. But there is always something you can do.
We’ve outlined 5 ways to support Ukraine below.
Here’s the basics about the Russia-Ukraine War:
Unfortunately the Ukraine crisis has been slowly escalating for the past 8 years and has already forced at least 1.5 million people from their homes. Currently, Russia’s strikes against Ukraine are the largest attacks since World War II.
Want to know more details about the crisis in Ukraine?
Here’s where you can read more.
- The Telegraph
- Vox: The increasingly complicated Russia-Ukraine crisis, explained
- Global Conflict Tracker: Conflict in Ukraine
- United Nations: The Conflict History
- Ukrainian government Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Twitter account
How to donate to Ukraine aid organizations
Cash is key, here’s why:
Cash gives people in Ukraine the flexibility to get help where it’s needed most. Local nonprofits organizations know what resources Ukrainians need most but don’t have the funds to respond or prepare at this magnitude. Investing in these organizations now enables them to capacity build sooner rather than later.
Whenever you’re donating or sharing information, please double check the source to make sure they can be trusted. Watch out for fake accounts and fake nonprofits. We have listed vetted nonprofits where you can send donations.
- Come Back Alive
Come Back Alive provides Ukraine’s military with auxiliary equipment, specialized software, drones, personal body protection, training, and other supplies. Their goal is to “supply and repair equipment, train the military and officers, help change the Armed Forces, talk about the war firsthand, and curb the flow of propaganda and disinformation.”
- Ukrainian Red Cross
If the situation worsens, their team will provide first aid in places without adequate medical help, and humanitarian aid to affected communities.
- Global Giving Crisis Relief Fund
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. Your donation to the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund will provide: food, shelter, and clean water for refugees; access to education; health and psychosocial support.
- Save the Children Ukraine
Over 400,000 children currently live in the conflict zone. Donate to the Children’s Emergency Fund. Save the Children reports that “child poverty rates are up more than 57% in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine. Since the beginning of the conflict, over 750 education facilities have become damaged.” Don’t know how much to give?
- $100 helps supply a month’s worth of nutritious food to a family in crisis
- $175 can provide five families with emergency shelter materials
- National Bank of Ukraine
Although not a nonprofit, NBU opened a special account to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Take action to help Ukraine
The best thing you can do is something. Whether it’s sharing resources on social media, donating to aid organizations, amplifying the voices of Ukrainians and anti-war Russian protestors, or simply educating yourself and others, take action in whatever way you can.