Practical solidarity: How to aid the people of Ukraine


Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has triggered international condemnation, with fears of mass casualties, and many are looking to support the Ukrainian people in some capacity, with donations that go toward medical supplies, humanitarian aid, psychological services, military equipment and other causes, notes Marc Saltzman.

A handful of vetted nonprofit organizations have been shared by journalists for those looking to help, with various sites, apps, social media pages, and crowdfunding initiatives to provide monetary aid for various charities and platforms. A few to consider, he writes for USA TODAY:

  • Founded in 2014, the Kyiv-based Come Back Alive Foundation is a nongovernmental organization that also supports training, psychological assistance, medical help, and other projects. Its Facebook page shares stories, photos, and videos. To contribute from abroad, the charity accepts secure money transfers, crypto donations (Bitcoin), and an option to contribute via monthly Patreon membership (in one of three options).
  • Army SOS uses donated funds to support Ukrainian soldiers in various ways. As detailed on its website and Facebook page, the Army SOS Citizen’s Initiative manages purchases of necessary ammunition, shields, intercommunication and reconnaissance facilities, uniforms and food supply.
  • United Help Ukraine receives and distributes donations, food and medical supplies to displaced Ukrainians “affected by Russia’s invasion.” A PayPal link is available from the official United Help Ukraine website and its Facebook page.
  • The International Committee of the Red Cross and Ukrainian Red Cross Society support food-producing initiatives and infrastructure repair (including water-pumping stations), as well as rebuilding damaged homes, and providing aid to hospitals, schools, mental health facilities and community centers. Money can be sent as a one-time donation or monthly contribution to the cause.
  • Revived Soldiers Ukraine is a nonprofit whose programs are mostly focused on medical rehabilitation. As outlined at its website and Facebook page, donations (through PayPal) assist severely injured soldiers by supporting medical help and rehabilitation; treat hospital patients wounded in conflict by supplying emergency medical aid and supplies; and satisfy housing needs to soldiers of Ukraine and their families, among other efforts.
  • Razom for Ukraine and Sunflower of Peace are both recommended through a crowdsourced list of fundraisers and charities put together by Ukrainian journalists. …
  • To help children affected by war, Voices of Children is a charitable foundation that provides psychological and psychosocial support to children, “to help them overcome the consequences of armed conflict,” per its website.
  • Hospitallers is a medical battalion working to save the lives of soldiers on the front lines, Newsweek adds. They fundraise for vehicle repairs, fuel and medical supplies. Information on how to donate can be found on its Facebook page.

This fundraiser for humanitarian aid to victims of war in Ukraine is organized by United Ukrainian American Relief Committee.

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