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15 Actions You Can Take To Help Families In Ukraine Right Now

From making a donation to taking action in your community, there are lots of ways to make a difference.

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In the wake of the Russian invasion, the international community wants to know how to help families in Ukraine. Here are ways you can help the people of Ukraine, from giving money to staying informed.

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Talk To Ukrainian Community Leaders In Your Area

These are going to be folks with established knowledge, connections, and know-how. Follow their lead. Ukrainian communities, especially in major cities, are vibrant and engaged.

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United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF supports health, nutrition, education, safe drinking water, sanitation and protection for children and families. They’ve been involved in conflict zones in Ukraine since 2014.

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Voices of Children

This organization gives psychological and psychosocial support to children and families affected by war. They are currently working in various villages and towns along the frontline in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

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International Committee of the Red Cross

The ICRC has been providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine — including food, water, and medical supplies — since 2014. With more than 600 staff, their ability to help is extensive.

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International Medical Corps

The global nonprofit has been providing primary and mental healthcare services in Ukraine since 2014 and is seeking to expand access to its services to other communities in the country affected by the war.

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Razom

In addition to being a great resource to find ways to help, Razom is responding to the Russian invasion by providing critical medical supplies and amplifying the voices of Ukrainians.

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CARE

CARE’s immediate crisis response aims to reach 4 million people, especially families with children, women, and the elderly, who “will suffer the most.” Donations will go toward food, water, hygiene kits, and other vital support.

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Nova Ukraine

Nova Ukraine seeks to share Ukrainian culture around the world and provide humanitarian aid. Sadly, that number is rising exponentially. In addition to donations, Nova Ukraine is also seeking volunteers and partners.

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Sunflowers Of Peace

Started by Ukrainian-American Katya Malakhova, SoP is raising funds to prepare first aid medical tactical backpacks for groups of five to 10 people to distribute to paramedics and doctors on the frontlines.

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Ukrainian Congress Committee Of America (UCCA)

Typically, the UCCA represents the interests of Ukrainians in the U.S. Now, they have partnered with the United Nations to secure warehouses throughout Ukraine, where prepositioned humanitarian aid supplies can be securely stored.

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Doctors Without Borders

This organization has been delivering healthcare to conflict zones, areas hit by epidemics and disasters, and those without regular access to healthcare since 1971. So, of course, they will be a presence in Ukraine.

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Save the Children

Founded more than 100 years ago, Save the Children improves the lives of little ones and their families through better education, healthcare, and economic opportunities, and provides emergency aid in natural disasters and conflict.

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UN Refugee Agency

The UNHCR protects the rights and well-being of those forced to flee their homes, and has stepped up their operations in and around Ukraine the ensure those escaping conflict are sheltered and safe.

Donate

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Double Check Everything You Share

Now as ever, it’s important to know your sources. From Kremlin-backed propaganda, to hastily published misunderstandings, to TikTokers just trying to get likes, it’s important to be careful out there!

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Support Good Journalism in Ukraine

Some on-the-ground reporting happening in Ukraine includes the Washington Post, the BBC, freelancers and others, like the Kyiv Independent, an English-language news outlet (that’s accepting donations).