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SAVE The Date and join me for another session of Taking Action Online for Ukraine.

JOIN the event on 29 June at 12 noon EST through this link at ConnectAID

Taking Action Online for the environment, social justice and sustainable development connects the many dots in the social media universe and provides step-by-step advice on how to raise funds, build communities and inspire action for the results we need to create the world we want. In this free Livestream Event the author, Adam Rogers, applies the principles of the book to the tragedy in Ukraine, and provides the same advice and guidance for taking action online to support the people suffering from this horrible war. 

  • Read the introduction to Taking Action Online for the Environment, Social Justice, and Sustainable Development

  • Read the foreword from Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand and former administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • If you missed the live broadcast of the first edition of Taking Action Online for Ukraine, the recording is available [here].

We each possess a unique and specific talent that we can use to make the world a better place for everyone, everywhere. Most talents are best used locally, perhaps improving the life of just one person or small group of people. Those same talents also can be used to support people in crises - people like those now suffering in Ukraine as a consequence of the unprovoked invasion of their megalomaniacal neighbor.  You can make a difference, by contributing time, talent or resources. The following may help you find your own unique path to Ukraine. The importance is to do something, anything, and to do your best. The following may help you get started.

HOW TO TAKE ACTION ONLINE FOR UKRAINE

There are more than 1,400 UN personnel on the ground in all 24 regions of Ukraine, delivering food, shelter, blankets, medicine, water & more to those affected by the war. You can stand alongside them by supporting the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund.

Many other organizations could use your support - through financial contributions or by volunteering online. Peruse the following list to see if any resonate, or start your own and start helping in any way you can.

Try to support first those organizations based in Ukraine:

  • Ukrainian government website to provide humanitarian or financial assistance to Ukrainians: Humanitarian Aid

  • United24 gathers donations and transfers them to Ukrainian ministries, which distributes them by need.

  • Nova Ukraine is a nonprofit that delivers aid packages to Ukraine from baby food and hygiene products, to clothes and household supplies. Donate here.

  •  Vostok SOS (East SOS) -- Provides assistance with evacuation, humanitarian aid and psychosocial support.

  • Kyiv School of Economics provides food, transportation and refugee help.

  • The Kyiv Independent is a Ukraine-based English-language newspaper.  Help them keep accurate news reports coming by donating to The Kyiv Independent’s  GoFundMe pages.  

  • The Ukrainian Red Cross provides many forms of humanitarian assistance, from aiding refugees to training doctors. Donate here.

  •  Revived Soldiers Ukraine funds medication and medical supplies for army hospitals on the front lines. More info and to donate here.

Many great global organizations are on the ground both in country, along the borders and globally:

  • Alight is a humanitarian nonprofit that has sent teams of emergency response workers to Poland to assist with the burgeoning refugee population by helping  refugees address both material and psychosocial needs. More info and to donate here

  • The British Red Cross has launched an appeal to raise funds for food, medical supplies, shelter and water. Donate here.

  • CARE is responding to the crisis by providing Ukrainians in need with food, hygiene kits, psychosocial support services, access to water, and access to cash. Donate here

  • ​Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) has a base in Ukraine providing treatment for a range of regional diseases and medical problems. More info here.

  • The East Europe Foundation’s Shelter Project (contact) works with a network of over 500 non-governmental partner organizations.

  • Razom was born out of the Revolution of Dignity in 2014 when millions of people worked together and risked their lives to build a pathway to a better future for Ukraine.  Current efforts are focused on: “delivering humanitarian aid in the form of tactical medicine, hospital supplies, and communication equipment, as well as evacuating children with disabilities and their families, and advocacy.”  

  • Help Ukraine Center provides logistics of humanitarian cargoes from Europe to Ukraine through two major hubs: (i) Lublin, Poland, and (ii) Huși, Romania.  Receives humanitarian and medical aid, process cargo and deliver it to Ukraine via safe corridors.  The aid is distributed by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Reintegration and local humanitarian aid centers.  Donate here.

  • World Central Kitchen -- Provides hot meals to Ukrainians affected by war.  Donate here.

  • The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee operates emergency hotlines, provides food and medicine, arranges special medical transport, executes and coordinates evacuations, staffs border crossings.  Donate here.

  • GlobalGiving has its Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund, with all donations to the fund going to support humanitarian assistance in impacted communities in Ukraine and surrounding regions. GlobalGiving’s network of over 30 grassroots NGOs help bring relief to terrified and displaced communities, and they need resources to continue their life-saving work. Donate here

  • Mercy Corps  -- emergency cash assistance, as well as supporting local organizations that know their community needs best. Between 2015 and 2017, Mercy Corps provided humanitarian assistance in eastern Ukraine, reaching more than 200,000 people with emergency cash, food, water, and sanitation supplies, small business development grants, restoring war-damaged homes and more. Find out more and donate here.

  • Sunflower for Peace provides first-aid backpacks to doctors and paramedics on the front line. Donate here.

  • Direct Relief is working directly with Ukraine’s Ministry of Health and other on-the-ground partners to provide urgently needed medical aid, including emergency response packs intended for first responders, oxygen concentrators, critical care medicines, and much more. Donate here.

  • People in Need is providing humanitarian aid to over 200,000 people on the ground. For those most in need, they provide food packages, emergency shelter, safe access to drinking water, hygiene items, and coal for heating. Donate here.

  • The International Medical Corps is providing emergency health care services, as well as mental health and psychosocial support.  COVID-19 awareness and prevention services, to help keep displaced citizens safe from the pandemic. Donate here.

  • The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is on the front lines of the world’s conflicts, natural disasters, and other crises, helping people recover from extreme hardship and put their lives back together. The IRC currently has a team in Poland helping to provide food, medical care, and emergency support services to families who fled Ukraine amid the violence. More info and to donate here.

  • The Jewish National Fund has multiple initiatives on the ground at the Ukrainian border and in Israel helping refugees find safety - both emotionally and physically - as well as setting them up for a successful future.  More information (including how to donate): here.

  • Medical Teams International is sending medical supplies to the region, with all proceeds going towards sending medicines and/or medical supplies. Learn more and donate here

  • Mercy Chefs is a Christian faith-based, nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian organization. Since 2006, it has served 18.5 million professionally prepared meals for victims, volunteers, and first responders in natural disasters and national emergencies. They are providing meals and necessities. Funds given will be used to fund storage space, mobile kitchens, and trucks.  Donate here.

  • Muslim Hands is a charity handing out emergency packs containing food, blankets and hygiene products in Poland. Find out more here.

  • OutRight Action International is helping to support LGBTQ+ groups and organizations on the ground, setting up shelters and providing safety for citizens. More information and to donate hereChoose Love also provides medical care, food, clothing, shelter and legal aid,and helps support Ukraine’s LGBTQ+ community. More information and to donate here

  • Project HOPE is a humanitarian organisation that provides medical supplies and assistance to refugees both in Ukraine as well as those who have fled to surrounding countries. Donate here

  • Save the Children is working with partners to respond to meet the urgent needs of affected children and their families,  providing life-saving assistance, such as food, water, cash transfers, and safe places for children as people flee amid freezing temperatures and brutal conditions, and to scale up operations to ensure children impacted by the crisis have the support they need. Find out more and donate here

  • SOS Children’s Villages has worked in Ukraine since 2003 and is coordinating an emergency response to support families who are living in the conflict areas and those who have been internally displaced. Find out more and donate here

  • Voices of Children is a charity that focuses on helping children recover from the psychological trauma of war. More info here.

  • Kidsave is both providing humanitarian aid to refugees and is active in evacuation attempts from besieged areas. Find out more here.

United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes that need your support

  • The World Health Organization Foundation is raising funds for WHO’s Health Emergency Appeal for Ukraine. An estimated $57.5 million must be raised to deliver urgent physical and mental health care to the 18 million people in Ukraine needing urgent humanitarian assistance, and more than 4+ million refugees who’ll need protection and assistance in the coming months. You can donate here, and share the WHO Foundation's call for donations on your own social media, including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

  • Team Rubicon mobilizes highly skilled volunteers to help people prepare, respond, and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises. As a UNWHO Emergency Medical Team mobile unit, Team Rubicon has sent a small team to Poland, including physicians with expertise in pediatrics and maternal and reproductive health care. Donate here

  • The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is deploying emergency operations in Ukraine and surrounding countries to provide food assistance to those fleeing the conflict. Donate here.

  • UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency has stepped up its regional operations and is working with governments in neighboring countries "calling on them to keep borders open to those seeking safety and protection.” You can help support the UNHCR's work supporting refugees by donating here, and take action here to send a tweet urging governments and businesses to support the United Nations' urgent appeal for $1.7 billion to deliver life-saving humanitarian support.

  • UNICEF is providing water, nutrition, healthcare and education, repairing schools damaged by the bombings and providing an emergency response to children affected by the conflict. Donate here.

HELP UKRAINIANS FIND A HOME, SWEET HOME

  • Airbnb.org is looking for a different kind of donation. The charitable arm of Airbnb has pledged to temporarily house 100,000 people fleeing the conflict, and it’s looking for people to volunteer their homes. Find out more and get involved here

  • Homes for Ukraine is a government-run initiative in the UK encouraging residents to volunteer their homes and host Ukrainian families fleeing the conflict. Find out more here

  • Refugee Support Europe is a charity with a support team in Moldova assisting refugees on the ground with food, shelter and more. Find out more here.

  • Room for Refugees is a UK-based charity aiming to help Ukrainian refugees navigate the UK visa process. Find out more here.

  • WONDER Foundation is an organization providing resources and support for women and children fleeing Ukraine. WONDER is working with other partners on the ground in Poland – find out more here.

 

HIRE UKRAINIAN TALENT

  • Millions of Ukrainian workers are fleeing with their families to surrounding countries, or to safer areas in the west of Ukraine;

  • Others are staying to defend their country or because they cannot leave aging parents or sick or injured family members;

  • In many places in Ukraine, business has come to a complete and sudden stop; 

  • There are many ways we can help – including providing financial support to the workforce who are seeking shelter and emergency basic supplies; and

  • We hire Ukrainians who have fled to Western Ukraine and to surrounding countries.

 

There are a number of nonprofit organizations that are making it easy for employers in the US, Europe and the rest of the world to hire Ukrainian talent.  One example is EmployUkraine.org 

 

Companies can hire additional talent, contracting directly with the talent, and with no fees, and even receive assistance getting these employees relocated if that is desired., as described in this excellent article in Forbes Magazine: 

 

“1,031 employers from 70 countries have posted 1,185 jobs for 4,500 Ukrainian refugees, many of whom have now found work. It’s a collaborative effort between tech businesses and civil society. TalentPools.io provides the platform and coordinates volunteers. Intercom provides user engagement tech. AWS provides the infrastructure. CloudFlare provides network security. GreenLight.ai and Remote provide an EOR/POE service. Open-Assembly kickstarted promotion through their network of open tenant leaders. And NGOs like RefuAid help new hires navigate accommodation and VISA logistics.”

 

A list of employment sites aimed at helping Ukrainian specialists who have lost their jobs. include: 

 

STAY INFORMED

One of the best ways to help the most vulnerable in Ukraine is by staying on top of what is happening on the ground, and learning more about how citizens are being affected by the conflict.  

 

  •  #UkraineFacts –fact-check news and information you're seeing about Ukraine. 

  • AFP’s Ukraine fact check site is here

  • The Kyiv Independent has been a leading voice on the front lines, covering a timeline of ongoing events since the beginning and highlighting those who have been most affected by the violent attack. The English-language outlet provides continuous coverage on how the invasion and conflict are impacting citizens, the economy, as well as Ukrainian foreign politics. Keep up to date on its website here, or on the Twitter page here.  

  • The New Voice of Ukraine: Covering news in three different languages — English, Ukrainian, and Russian — covers breaking news, and provides informative analyses: Website here

  • Ukraine World: While Ukraine World is not posting breaking news and timeline updates on its website, it is very active on its social media accounts. Its independent journalists on the front lines have gathered first-hand footage, and it is using its account to share other informative sources that its followers can refer to in order to keep up to date. Follow Ukraine World here.  

  • Kyiv Post is state-funded, but has been at the forefront of delivering breaking news directly from government and national offices, releasing statements from Ukraine’s ministry officials, military leads, and other dignitaries. You can read more on its website here, or follow it on Twitter here.  

  • CNN Reporter Dale Dan compiled a Twitter list of verified journalists reporting reliable information about the invasion, which you can follow here

  • Olga Tokariuk is a verified independent correspondent working in Kyiv, sending frequent tweets on the latest information while also capturing the humanity of living in Kyiv. Follow her here

  • Twitter account of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy  

  • Twitter account of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba 

 

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