(Updated 3/21) Looking to help people in Ukraine? Here are ways to donate

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As of March 21, 2022, more than 10 million people have fled Ukraine for neighboring countries, and European Union officials predict that as many as 7 million could eventually be displaced as Russia’s military continues to attack the Eastern European country.

Local community members that are eager to help the humanitarian efforts assisting the people of Ukraine may be interested in supporting one or more of the humanitarian nonprofits delivering aid listed here. The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana provides this list as a starting point for those wishing to learn more about how to assist and has verified that each organization listed here is a U.S. 501c3 public charity. We will keep this list updated as we learn more in the coming days.

How to Help:

American Red Cross – The Red Cross is vowing continued support for people fleeing Ukraine to neighboring countries, as well as those displaced within the country itself. The American Red Cross has deployed international crisis responders to Poland, Moldova, Hungary, and Romania to provide humanitarian relief in support of the international Red Cross operation helping families who fled their homes.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Recovery Fund – The Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Recovery Fund focuses on addressing humanitarian needs that arise, particularly among the most vulnerable, marginalized, and at-risk internally-displaced peoples and refugees.

Global Fund for Children – Information and resources to invest in community-based organizations around the world to help children and youth reach their full potential and advance their rights. Ukraine: meals, trauma support, cold weather mitigation, shelter, and critical supplies.

GlobalGiving – GlobalGiving’s local partners in Ukraine are bringing relief to displaced families and people in high-risk areas. According to its website, your donation to GlobalGiving will support refugees with food, shelter, and clean water, as well as providing health and psychological support.

Humanitarian Response Fund for Ukraine (King Baudouin Foundation) – The fund is pooling contributions to be distributed to three local nonprofits working on the frontlines of the country’s response to the crisis: Caritas Ukraine, People in Need Ukraine, and the Ukrainian Red Cross Society. The three organizations work to provide food, shelter, and medical assistance to vulnerable individuals and communities across Ukraine.

International Medical Corps – International Medical Corps helped Ukrainians during conflict in 1999-2000 by delivering medicine and training more than 500 local doctors and medical staff. In 2014, it partnered with Ukraine Ministry of Health to support mobile health services and train medical professionals on preventing and controlling infections. As the crisis develops, the International Medical Corps has added mental health counseling to the services available for the community.

Médecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) – MSF runs a range of activities in Ukraine working with local volunteers, organizations, health care professionals, and authorities to help people travel to health care facilities and access prescribed medications.

Nova Ukraine – Nova Ukraine has an established and proven network of partners on the ground in Ukraine that offer immediate aid to real people. Money from donations is allocated daily to frontline volunteers helping provide emergency resources to both refugees and citizens who have remained in the war zone in Ukraine.

Project HOPE – The group is aiding those in Ukraine by mobilizing its emergency teams and “sending medical supplies and standing by to provide health screenings and care for refugees.”

UN Refugee Agency – UNHCR provides emergency supplies, lifesaving care, and protection the moment families in Ukraine are forced to flee for their lives.

UNICEF – Supports health, nutrition, HIV prevention, education, safe drinking water, sanitation, and protection for children and families caught in the conflict in Ukraine.

United for Ukraine (United Way) – United Way is supporting those displaced by the violence, providing life-saving relief. Immediate support will cover transportation, shelter, food and medicines, critical childcare supplies, hygiene kits, and more.

WaterStep – The conflict in Ukraine has destroyed medical facilities and medical supply chains. WaterStep has been requested to send it’s small, powerful disinfectant machines to and organization in Germany to be trucked into Ukraine’s red zone. Medical centers and field hospitals will have the capacity to produce large amounts of disinfectant themselves.

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