SC Families Wonder: How Can We Help Ukraine?

Many of our families are understandably concerned about the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and wondering what can be done to help. Here are some verified charities on the ground in Ukraine and neighboring countries that are actively working to provide life-saving support services and urgently needed resources.
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Food is an immediate need, and Chef Jose Andrés has set up his World Central Kitchen organization on the ground at the Ukraine-Poland border, providing warm meals for the hungry. Additionally, they support local restaurants throughout Ukraine and expand into neighboring countries where refugees are fleeing. In the past ten years, WCK has provided over 12 million meals to victims of humanitarian, climate, and community crises around the world.
The Miami-based organization Global Empowerment Mission is on the ground in Medyka, Poland, using donations to immediately buy refugees train and plane tickets to help them reach any family or friends they may have in Europe. GEM Bstrong is focusing primarily on its relocation programs and supporting short-term vital necessities. The Bstrong fund will also be used to provide food, water, hygiene products, and items for pets.
According to the organization's official website, your donation will help "affected communities in Ukraine and surrounding regions, with a focus on the most vulnerable, including children, who need access to food, medical services, and psychosocial support." Global Giving has been responding to disasters and supporting emergency aid and long-term relief programs since 2004; they have facilitated more than $100M in disaster donations to funds just like this one.
As the conflict in Ukraine escalates, the International Rescue Committee is mobilizing resources and connecting with partners to aid the people in Ukraine who were forced to flee their homes. As per their website, "The IRC is meeting with partners and local civil society organizations in Poland and Ukraine to assess capacity for responding to an increase of refugees and people in need." They are on the ground supporting displaced families.
According to Save the Children, there are 7.5 million kids who are in danger of physical harm, emotional distress, and displacement due to the invasion of Ukraine. Even before the conflict escalated, there were already 400,000 children who needed humanitarian aid. The organization will use donations to help families meet their basic needs such as food, medicine, and shelter and help Ukrainian children access education and psychosocial support.
Key emergency interventions from UNICEF include:
  • Prepositioning health, hygiene, and emergency education supplies as close as possible to communities near the line of contact.
  • Trucking safe water to conflict-affected areas.
  • Supporting mobile child protection teams, providing psychosocial care to children traumatized by chronic insecurity, responding to cases of violence and abuse against children, and assisting children separated from family.
  • Working with municipalities to ensure immediate help for children and families in need.
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