The war in Ukraine has devastated the nation and sent millions of residents into crisis. There are numerous ways you can help refugees fleeing the country or those staying behind to fight.
There are dozens of organizations working on the crisis. Here are a few options to help:
World Central Kitchen
Chef José Andrés travels the world in times of natural disaster and humanitarian crises to feed those in need. His group is offering hot meals to refugees crossing the border in Poland and is supporting local restaurants in Ukraine. Donate here.
Hungarian Helsinki Committee
András Léderer’s organization has provided free legal assistance and representation to refugees in Hungary for decades. Now they are focused on helping asylum seekers from Ukraine find professional and free legal assistance. Donate here.
Polish Migration Forum
A free crisis hotline to assist those fleeing the country, families attempting to reunite, and those with relatives in Ukraine worried about their safety. Donate here.
The company is offering short-term housing for up to 100,000 refugees, funding the project through donations, willing hosts, and company funds. Donate here.
The United Nations group has set up 26 hubs in six neighboring countries to provide assistance to fleeing Ukrainians. It provides basic services like food, water, and shelter and is helping facilitate family reunifications. Donate here.
Urgent Action Fund For Women’s Human Rights
The group is helping support women, transgender, and nonbinary activists in and around Ukraine by providing funding, medical support, and access to communication channels. Donate here.
International Organization For Migration
The group is providing help with health care, shelter, supplies, and more in Ukraine and neighboring countries. Donate here.
We can’t forget about the pets. This Ukraine-based organization is providing support to shelters that are running low on food and other resources for the animals in their care. Donate here.
Doctors Without Borders
The organization provides free medical assistance at conflict sites all over the world. It is setting up trauma care for 30 surgeons in eastern Ukraine and is looking to expand to other areas if the conflict grows. It is also setting up along the border in five other countries. Donate here.
The group works to help people of color facing discrimination get across the border as refugees. This has been a major issue for those attempting to cross into Poland. Donate here.
International Committee Of The Red Cross
This group is tasked with the mission to protect the lives and dignity of people experiencing armed conflict and violence. The ICRC provides a wide range of assistance. Donate here.
The global confederation will provide immediate aid for refugees in the form of food, water, hygiene kits, support services, and cash. Donate here.
United Nations Refugee Agency
This international agency is working to provide emergency assistance to refugees including cash assistance and opportunities for resettlement in other nations. Donate here.
Sunflower For Peace
The nonprofit prepares medical backpacks for paramedics and doctors on the frontlines. Each pack contains bandages, medicines, instruments, and supplies for up to 10 patients. Donate here.