The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine has affected many parts of the country and displacing millions of civilians. As the situation continues to evolve, here are some ways you can help. You can visit local restaurants that are donating proceeds for relief efforts, drop off essential supplies at drives, follow relevant Ukraine-based social media accounts and organizations, make online donations, and get to know more about Ukraine's history, art, culture, and music.
1. Things you can do in NYC:
- Drop-off essential items at Veselka.
- Veselka is accepting items such as batteries, anti-bacterial wipes, water purification tablets, etc. A complete list of non-monetary donations can be found at veselka.getbento.com/support-ukraine/
- Get to know more about Ukraines art, culture, music, and history
- Visit the Ukrainian Museum in the East Village. Website: ukrainianmuseum.org
- Catch performances at the Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival at Kaufman Music Center (kaufmanmusiccenter.org) from March 18-20. You can choose to make a donation for Ukrainian relief efforts when buying tickets.
- Checkout the list of books published by Brooklyn public library to understand the Russia-Ukraine crisis: bklynlibrary.org/search?booklist=564561
2. Organizations you can donate to :
- The Ukrainian Red Cross does a variety of relief efforts, from aiding refugees to training doctors. Donate at redcross.org.ua/en/donate/
- Sunflower for Peace provides first-aid backpacks to doctors and paramedics on the front line. Donate at facebook.com/donate/507886070680475/
- Voices of Children focuses on helping children recover from the psychological trauma of war. They use art therapy and storytelling to support children’s well-being, and provide financial support to families who have suffered as a result of war. Donate at voices.org.ua/en/
- The Kyiv Independent is a Ukraine-based English-language newspaper. Help keep accurate news reports coming by donating to The Kyiv Independent’s Patreon: patreon.com/kyivindependent GoFundMe: gofundme.com/f/kyivindependent-launch
- United Help Ukraine distributes food and medical supplies to internally displaced people in Ukraine.Donate at facebook.com/donate/337101825010055
- Ukrainian National Women's League of America is helping with humanitarian aid for civilians inside Ukraine who have been displaced or injured, as well as to four military hospitals. Donate at unwla.org/top-news/call-for-humanitarian-aid
- Choose Love, a non-profit that provides medical care, food, clothing, shelter and legal aid, and also helps support Ukraine’s LGBTQ+ community. Donate at donate.chooselove.org/campaigns/ukraine-appeal/
- Nova Ukraine: an American nonprofit, which works closely with Ukraine-based organizations and is currently assembling supply packages that include diapers for children and adults, baby food, hospital supplies, and dry foods for a children’s orphanage in Donetsk. Donate at novaukraine.org
- International Association for Human Values is supporting displaced populations from Ukraine with food, transportation, heating, legal costs, and trauma-relief workshops. Donate at us.iahv.org
- UNICEF USA: UNICEF is on the ground, supporting children in Ukraine, particularly in the areas of childhood immunizations and HIV prevention. Donate at unicefusa.org
- The UN Refugee Agency: With teams across Ukraine and in neighbouring countries hosting refugees from Ukraine, UNHCR is providing protection and humanitarian assistance, including emergency shelters, repairs for homes damaged by shelling, emergency cash assistance, and protection such as psychological support. Donate at donate.unhcr.org
- Doctors Without Borders provides treatments for a range of regional diseases and medical problems. More info at doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/countries/ukraine
- International Medical Corps, whose teams are already on the ground in Ukraine delivering medical and mental health care. Donate at give.internationalmedicalcorps.org/page/99837/donate/1
3. Organizations you can follow/support online:
- Promotes the achievement of full respect for human rights for LGBT + in Ukraine
- They've been organizing the pride week in Kyiv.
- Works on gender equality, combating human trafficking and domestic violence, and promoting employment of vulnerable populations.
- A Ukraine-based English-language newspaper.
- Raises awareness and advocates for Roma women's rights in Ukraine.
- They collaborate with Roma communities on a regional level.
- Provides psychological and legal support to LGBTQI community in Ukraine.
- A queer anarcho-feminist initiative.
- A trans feminist collective.
- Raises awareness and visibility of intersex people in Ukraine.
- Builds space and resources on gender justice, queer rights, critique of nationalist narratives etc.
- Based in Zaporizhzhia.
- Ran by adolescent girls, they're working on SRHR, access to abortion.
- Based in Kyiv.
- Young people creating peer support spaces and services for young folks in Ukraine living with HIV.
- They work closely with activists in Central Asia.
- A hub of young feminist organizers.
- Based in Lviv.
- Works closely with the queer community and young people.
- Engaged in queer organizing in the region and across Ukraine.
- Key player for Kharkiv Pride.
- Based in Kharkiv.
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