How to help Ukraine
When a crisis occurs, we often see the sprouting of fraudulent attempts to solicit donations. The recent Ukraine crisis is a good example. It’s hard to navigate all the news, links, and misinformation to determine which charitable programs are legitimate. Once you choose one, there’s the question of whether administrative expenses will eat up most of your donation before it gets to the cause.
Willie’s charity has operated with local volunteers in Ukraine since 2016. With their help, we have put together a list of organizations, volunteer groups, and other information to guide someone that wants to help out.
At this time, we have created a Ukrainian Crisis Relief Fund that provides children and families with immediate aid, such as food, water, hygiene kits, and medical care. We have volunteers working in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, and Odesa. If you are in Ukraine and would like to volunteer and fulfill a local need, please let us know by completing our volunteer enrollment form.
Here are other ways you can help Ukrainians in need.
Donate to Ukraine’s Defenders
Donate to Ukraine’s defenders. They’re fighting for peace not only in Ukraine but in all of Europe. Stand on the side of justice and freedom.
Note: you can find out the exchange rate for the Ukrainian Hryvnia (UAH) in the Google or Wise converters. Simply choose your currency in the relevant field.
Support real people suffering from the war: families, children, refugees, medics.
Official state hotline numbers for providing humanitarian aid:
Calls from abroad or Ukraine: +380 44 237 00 02
Humanitarian aid account of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine
(food, shelter, medicine, clothes, and other help for refugees):
Find the bank transfer details for your appropriate currency here.
UNICEF Fund for supporting Ukrainian children:
Find the official details here.
Ministry of Health + Red Cross fund for assisting doctors:
Scroll down after the press statement for the bank transfer details in the currency of your choice – here.
Ministry of Health Crypto Wallets for assisting doctors:
Find the official details here.
Host Ukrainian refugees
Families, children, and refugees are seeking safe places of shelter around the world. You can save lives by providing a place to stay.
- Find groups and global services that can help host refugees in your area/country (NGOs, local communities, etc.)
- If none exist in your area and you feel you can help – create your own Facebook groups and/or local initiatives!
- Reach out to local authorities and inquire about organizing official refugee programs.
- Contact your Ukrainian friends and find out if they are heading to the borders and need help.
Become a medical volunteer
Every day more and more families and children need medical assistance due to Russian aggression. Soldiers need emergency medical aid. Ukrainian medics sorely need assistance both on the front lines and in the rear.
If you have medical experience – you can save lives!
Fill out the form here: https://bit.ly/questionnaire_UA
Full details from the Ministry of Health here.
Cover the news and write about Ukraine
If you are a journalist, you can help Ukraine by spreading the truth and providing media coverage. Help secure peace and save lives!
Contact for media requests/questions:
Oleg Nikolenko, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, firstname.lastname@example.org
Here you can find a media kit with the official message box from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (updated daily).
Read & share only verified news
Russia is conducting a propaganda & information war, reinforcing their bloody aggression with lies and fakes.
Please support the truth by trusting only official news sources.
You can find a list of verified sources here.
Join the Foreign Legion
If you have the experience and the motivation, you can help protect Ukraine directly by joining the Foreign Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine. The best way to do so is via your nearest Ukrainian Embassy or Consulate.
Protect freedom & peace in our fight against Russian aggression!
How can you apply?
Step 1. Apply to the Embassy of Ukraine in your country with the intention to join the Foreign Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine (ask a military diplomat or Consul, contact details here)
There are three ways to apply: 1) come to the Embassy in person; 2) make a phone call; 3) write via email.
Step 2. Specify what documents and clothing (equipment) you need or are recommended to have.
Documents: internal document (ID or passport); passport to travel abroad; documents confirming military service (service in law enforcement agencies) and participation in combat actions; other documents as requested by the military diplomat or Consul.
Step 3. Arrive at the Embassy with documents for an interview with the Defense Attaché and settlement of visa issues with the Consul.
Step 4. Write an application for enlistment in the Territorial Defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for military service under a contract on a voluntary basis (the Defense Attaché assists).
Step 5. Get instructions on how to arrive in Ukraine and instructions on the necessary documents and equipment.
It is recommended, if available, to have military clothing or elements of it, such as equipment, helmet, body armor, etc.
Step 6. Go to Ukraine (via your chosen method, making sure to consult with the Embassy/Consul/Defense Attaché ).
Representatives of Ukrainian Embassies, Consulates (abroad) and Territorial Defense in Ukraine will provide assistance on the way. Contacts will be provided at the Embassy of Ukraine in your country.
Step 7. Upon arrival in Ukraine at the collection point to join the Foreign Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine, you will sign the contract and together with fighters from other countries and Ukrainian soldiers, will go on to fight against the Russian occupiers.
Thank you again for supporting the people of Ukraine. We are praying for peace to return to this beautiful country soon.