How to Support Ukraine

Apr. 1, 2022 Flag of Ukraine

As citizens around the world turn their eyes to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, many Iowans are wondering how they can support those desperately in need of emergency aid. Below is a list of organizations working to support the Ukrainian people. 

  • The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has established the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Recovery Fund, which will focus on addressing humanitarian needs that arise, particularly among the most vulnerable, marginalized and at-risk internally-displaced peoples and refugees. 

  • CARE has established a Ukraine Crisis Fund to reach 4 million with immediate aid and recovery, food, water, hygiene kits, psychosocial support, and cash assistance - prioritizing women and girls, families and the elderly.   

  • The International Committee of the Red Cross is seeking donations to support its work to respond to the Ukraine crisis. 

  • The USA for UNHCR- The UN Refugee Agency is on the ground providing emergency supplies in support of immediate shelter, protection and safety as an international organization supporting basic needs of anyone fleeing in bordering countries. 

  • Direct Relief specifically supports health professionals to meet the challenges of caring for people in need. 

  • Global Giving is a platform that has a Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund that provides shelter, food, clean water, health, psychosocial support, education and economic assistance and more. 

  • King Baudouin Foundation US has established a Humanitarian Response Fund for Ukraine that will ultimately support three nonprofits on the ground in Ukraine: Caritas Ukraine, People in Need Ukraine and Ukrainian Red Cross Society.

  • Iowa Sister States is raising $20,000 to meet the immediate and practical needs of the citizens of our Sister State, Cherkasy, Ukraine. These funds will be used to supply basic necessity items such as socks and first aid kits.

  • Locally, if Central Iowa welcomes Ukrainian refugees in the months ahead, the local resettlement agencies would be another potential for support. The three resettlement agencies in Central Iowa include: Lutheran Services in Iowa, Catholic Charities and United States Committee on Refugees and Immigrants- Des Moines (USCRI). Legal assistance is also needed for many individuals in applying for TPS (temporary protected status), which is being provided for many cases by Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice.

Please contact us with any questions. Our hearts are with the people of Ukraine during this challenging time.