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Ways to support the people of Ukraine

The Richmond region is tremendously generous. Time and time again, you step up to address the critical needs of our community to ensure a better quality of life for all who live here. While we continue to focus on the important work being done here at home, we know you also may be searching for ways to support the people of Ukraine as they face tremendous loss and displacement.

The United Nations estimates that 12 million people inside Ukraine will need relief and protection, while more than 4 million Ukranian refugees may need protection and assistance in neighboring countries in the coming months. Right now the best way to help is with philanthropic dollars for humanitarian aid in Ukraine and the surrounding countries. 

Below we have compiled a list of trusted organizations offering guidance and funding opportunities for your consideration.

Local Organizations

The following organizations provide refugee resettlement services for individuals who arrive in the region seeking safety and a new start.

National and International Organizations

  • Center for Disaster Philanthropy
    CDP leverages the power of philanthropy to mobilize a full range of resources that strengthen the ability of communities to withstand disasters and recover equitably when they occur. CDP’s Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Recovery Fund will focus on addressing humanitarian needs that arise, particularly among the most vulnerable, marginalized, and at-risk internally displaced peoples (IDPs) and refugees.
  • Doctors without Borders (Medicins Sans Frontieres, MSF)
    Doctors Without Borders (MSF) helps people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care. MSF teams are distributing medical kits to treat war-wounded people and they have also provided a telemedicine training for trauma care for 30 surgeons from eastern Ukraine. Additional emergency teams have been deployed to the region, where they are currently assessing the needs of Ukrainian refugees in Poland and other neighboring countries.
  • Global Giving
    Donations to GlobalGiving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund will provide shelter, food, and clean water for refugees, health and psychosocial support, access to education and economic assistance, and more.
  • United Nations Foundation
    The UN is on the ground delivering lifesaving humanitarian assistance and support to the people of Ukraine — from help by the UN Refugee Agency for those displaced by the conflict to support by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for Ukraine’s 7.5 million children to the World Food Programme’s emergency food assistance and ongoing efforts by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to protect the health and safety of girls and women.
  • UNICEF
    UNICEF supports health, nutrition, HIV prevention, education, safe drinking water, sanitation, and protection for children and families caught in the conflict in Ukraine. They have active emergency response teams working in four field office and child protective teams are providing psychosocial care for trauma and response to cases of violence and abuse. Working alongside UNHCR and other partners and municipalities to ensure immediate assistance is available, UNICEF's response outside the borders includes setting up 26 'Blue Dot' centers at border entry points and other strategic locations to support the delivery of emergency services to vulnerable families.
  • World Central Kitchen
    WCK was founded by Chef Jose Andres in 2010 and responds to humanitarian crises around the world. Its mission is to feed those in need during or after a major crisis. Within hours of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, WCK was serving hot meals at one boarder location in Poland. Now WCK is set up at multiple border crossing locations across the country

Volunteer Information

HandsOn Greater Richmond, our region's volunteer hub and a service of the Community Foundation, is an affiliate of the Points of Light Foundation. Please see the following blog for guidance on what to do or not to do as a volunteer in disaster response - plus, information about affiliates working in and around Ukraine.

Need More Information? 

We are here for you. Please call us at 804-330-7400 if you have any questions and check here for future updates.

 


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