What it does: Nova Ukraine has several humanitarian efforts, including Heart2Heart, which assembles and delivers aid packages to Ukraine.
How you can help: You can donate clothes, shoes, household supplies, personal hygiene products, baby food (with an expiration date of not less than six months from date of purchase), diapers and medicine. Heart2Heart is specifically in need of shoes and clothing for children. It also accepts wheelchairs, anti-decubitus pillows and personal hygiene items for wounded soldiers.
If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, volunteers with trucks or vans are needed to take care packages to a delivery company, Meest, in Sacramento for transport to Ukraine.
What it does: This San Francisco-based organization runs a charity, the Anhelyk Foundation, that supports the children of families whose parents died in the fighting in eastern Ukraine. For the last four years, the foundation has supported these families by sending them $50 per child. It also provides college scholarships.
How you can help: Monetary donations are accepted through Paypal, on the organization website, or by a check mailed to Hromada, P.O. Box 7026, Corte Madera, CA 94976.
What it does: The Los Angeles-based international disaster relief and development agency helps communities at home and abroad to overcome the effects of disasters, disease, violence and endemic poverty. Operation USA is in touch with the Assn. of Community Foundations in Poland to assess any and all opportunities to provide aid to Ukrainian refugees.
How you can help: The organization is sending bulk shipments of material aid, and it also hopes to make cash grants and provide additional support to small but effective community-based partners aiding vulnerable families. To support this effort, select “Support Ukrainian Refugees” or leave a comment on what project your donation should fund online.
What it does: Through its partners in Ukraine, this Culver City-based organization has moved more than 100 children over the past three years out of orphanages in Mykolaiv and Kherson back to their biological families or into new homes.
How you can help: Kidsave is pivoting its efforts to providing financial support to its Ukrainian partners as they work to move children, already in new homes, and their families to safety and provide for their basic needs. Through its partners, 87 children and their families have been moved. A monetary donation will help Kidsave’s partners move children in orphanages to safety until the search for permanent homes can continue.
International Committee of the Red Cross
What it does: Shaw said the Red Cross’ humanitarian work aims to help people rebuild their lives and cope with the wider consequences of conflict.
“For example, to help families in the Donbas, the region where fighting is taking place, we helped repair thousands of homes damaged in the conflict, hospitals and primary healthcare facilities, schools and community centers. We provided income-generating and food-producing initiatives and improved learning and safety conditions of schools close to the line of contact,” she said.
How you can help: A monetary donation can help repair homes or infrastructure such as water pumping stations, and provide mental health and educational services. The Red Cross also provides education about avoiding land mines and unexploded ordnance.
What it does: UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children appeal helps provide conflict- and disaster-affected children with access to water, sanitation, nutrition, health and safety services. Catherine Russell, the organization’s executive director, said the original appeal for Ukraine sought to raise $15 million, but the new ask is $66.4 million to respond to the most recent crisis.
How you can help: A donation will help UNICEF continue trucking safe water to conflict-affected areas and prepositioning health, hygiene and emergency education supplies as close as possible to communities near the front lines. Funding also supports UNICEF’s mobile teams.
What is does: CARE is an international organization that fights global poverty with emergency response and long-term development projects.
How you can help: A monetary donation will support CARE’s efforts to raise at least $20 million for direct aid and recovery to Ukrainians in need. It’s aiming to assist at least 4 million Ukrainians with food, hygiene kits, psychosocial support services, water and cash.
International Rescue Committee
What it does: The organization responds to help restore health, safety, education, economic well-being and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. The International Rescue Committee is in Poland assessing humanitarian needs.
How you can help: A monetary donation will help the organization provide food, medical care and emergency supplies to refugee families in Ukraine.