Be an Upstander: 5 Ways to Help Ukraine Right Now

As destruction worsens and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, people all over the world are looking for ways to help. Here are five ways you can be an upstander and make a difference today.

1. Stay Informed

It can be difficult to process the constant news cycle of conflict, but remaining informed about the conflict is one way to help. Be cautious about misinformation spread on social media. Distortion and propaganda is one of Russia’s common tactics, and amplifying it can be harmful to Ukrainians. 

2. Donate to Nonprofits Helping Right Now

Charity organizations are offering a wide range of support for those affected by the war. Here are a few that have received high marks (three to four stars) from Charity Navigator, which assesses groups’ efficiency, transparency and other factors.

  • The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati has established a an emergency fund to support the work of our global partners responding with critical services on the ground. 100% of all donations will be used to fund the local, regional, and international efforts taking place to protect those at risk. Donate here.
  • Blue Ash-based Matthew 25 is collecting items for a shipment to Ukraine, in addition to accepting donations. The group says that 100% of monetary donations will go toward providing assistance. The group is collecting donations online.
  • GlobalGiving supports non-profits around the world through crowdfunding. Its Ukrainian crisis relief fund is working toward a goal of $7m to provide food, water, shelter and other assistance to refugees.
  • Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross provides assistance for victims of armed conflict and has been working in Ukraine since 2014 to supply emergency assistance and support hospitals with medical equipment. To support the ICRC’s efforts in Ukraine, you can donate here.
  • Direct Relief is working to fulfill a list of medical needs provided to the organization by Ukraine’s health ministry.
  • Care, a 75-year-old organization operating in 100 countries, is working to provide food, water and hygiene kits to those suffering in Ukraine. Donate here as Care seeks to support 4 million people.
  • Doctors Without Borders, a 50-year-old Nobel-winning organization, has teams in Ukraine as well as surrounding countries as it works to send staff and medical supplies to the hardest-hit areas. Donate here to support its efforts in Ukraine and elsewhere in the world.
  • Save the Children, a century-old organization that has worked in 100 countries, has a Ukraine crisis relief fund aimed at furnishing children and families with food, hygiene kits, funding and more.
  • The World Food Programme, the U.N.’s anti-hunger humanitarian organization, has launched emergency relief operations in Ukraine and surrounding border countries. WFP says it is scaling up to provide food assistance to 3.1 million Ukrainians affected by the conflict and has deployed 400 tons of food to the Ukrainian border this week. To support their efforts, click here.
  • These are just a few of the groups you can support; see more here, here and here

3. Write to your congressperson

You can use your zip code to find your local US representative here. Click on their image to find their contact information and voice your views on the Russian invasion. You can also contact the White House.

4. Support local Ukrainian journalism

You can support the English-language Kyiv Independent and the New Voice of Ukraine directly. There is also a GoFundMe page to support Ukrainian media more broadly as journalists risk their safety.

5. Donate medical supplies

  • Razom for Ukraine: Razom, meaning “together” in Ukrainian, is a volunteer charity organization that was originally founded in 2014 to support Ukrainians after Russia annexed Crimea.
  • Fundraiser for Sunflower of Peace: Sunflower of Peace’s fundraiser aims to provide first-aid backpacks to paramedics and doctors on the front lines. Each backpack contains enough tactical first-aid supplies for five to ten people.
  • Revived Soldiers Ukraine: This nonprofit provides medical aid to Ukrainian soldiers and provides support to their families.
  • Medical Teams International: This humanitarian aid agency is deploying a team to Ukraine and working with partners to deliver critical medical supplies to those on the ground.

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