Dear Commons Community,
On Thursday, Feb. 24, Russia began its attack on Ukraine.
With heavy casualties expected on both sides, you might be wondering how you can help.
USA TODAY compiled a list of United States-based charities that will put your money to good use, based on information from their websites. If you are so inclined, below are five organizations you can support.
Global Giving Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund
The Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund by Global Giving sprung into action once Russia declared war on Ukraine earlier this week.
According to the organization’s official website, your donation will help “affected communities in Ukraine, with a focus on the most vulnerable, including children, who need access to food, medical services, and psychosocial support.”
Not only that, but the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund will “support humanitarian assistance in impacted communities in Ukraine and surrounding regions where Ukrainian refugees have fled.”
International Rescue Committee
As the conflict in Ukraine escalates, the International Rescue Committee is getting ready to prepare for the worst. Right now, it is mobilizing resources to aid the people in Ukraine who were forced to flee their homes.
“The IRC is meeting with partners and local civil society organizations in Poland and Ukraine to assess capacity for responding to an increase of refugees and people in need,” said the organization on its official website. “We will work to respond where we are needed the most and with the services that are needed urgently. Whatever the needs are, we are preparing to meet them.”
Save the Children
According to Save the Children, there are 7.5 million kids who are in danger of physical harm, emotional distress and displacement due to the invasion in Ukraine. Even before the conflict escalated this week, there were already 400,000 children there who needed humanitarian aid.
That’s why Save the Children has made their own Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund to help Ukrainian families now. On their official website, the organization said that it will use donations to help families meet their basic needs such as food, medicine and shelter.
Save the Children’s specialist teams will also help Ukrainian children get access to education and psychosocial support.
Razom for Ukraine
Razom for Ukraine has been helping Ukrainians since the organization was first established in 2014. It aims to help Ukraine pursue a democratic society that has civil rights for all.
“This is not the first time we are all facing the hybrid war against us. And together we will stand strong!” the charity said on its Facebook page.
According to its official website, the organization is named Razom for Ukraine because Rzaom “means ‘together’ in Ukrainian and serves as a constant reminder of the community that it takes to create, build and do, to stay the path towards a more prosperous and democratic Ukraine.”
The International Committee of the Red Cross
The International Committee of the Red Cross is helping the Ukrainian Red Cross assist people who were affected by the conflict there.
Once war broke out, ICRC president Peter Maurer released a statement on the organization’s website.
“The ICRC’s priority is to assist those in need,” he said. “This week we delivered 3,000 liters of potable water to Dokuchaevsk hospital and sent 7,000 liters to Donetsk municipality.”
“Recent work also includes visits to places of detention to help improve hygiene and nutrition,” he added. “The security situation permitting, 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.”
“We will also continue our bilateral and confidential dialogue with the parties to the conflict to protect those affected by the fighting,” Maurer continued.
More notable charities:
If these charities don’t appeal to you, then Charity Navigator — a platform dedicated to educating Americans about non-profit resources — suggests giving these organizations a try:
- Save the Children
- World Help
- Operation USA
- Catholic Relief Services
- International Medical Corps
- Project HOPE
- UNICEF USA
- Direct Relief