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Ukraine Response Fund
By
Cassie Call

As the Ukraine crisis continues, Global Impact charities are on the ground providing critical emergency services like medical care, shelter, food, water and more. Many of our partners had a presence in Ukraine and the surrounding area prior to the invasion, positioning them to respond quickly to the devastating situation with in-country staff and local partners. 

To support the immediate and long-term needs of the Ukrainian people, Global Impact launched the Ukraine Response Fund. With one donation, donors can give to the critical work of multiple charities.

Are you a federal employee or retiree? The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) has launched a Special Solicitation for Ukraine, meaning you can contribute to approved charities online or via the mobile app through the end of June. Read on to learn more about how our charities are responding, and look for the CFC numbers of eligible nonprofits!

Responding Charities
Americares (CFC #10735)
: Delivering over 30 tons of first aid kits, personal protective equipment, obstetrical kits and more to the Poland and Romania teams supporting health services for Ukrainian arrivals. They are also mobilizing emergency medical teams.

Ashoka (CFC #10908): Leveraging their network of community changemakers to address the most urgent challenges in the short, intermediate and long term. A number of Ashoka Fellows have pivoted their existing work to address this crisis, such as coordinating humanitarian actors in the region, fact-checking and lobbying corporations to take a stand. Ashoka Fellows also look to develop long-term solutions that will help the global community respond to future emergencies.

CARE (CFC #11678): Training 200 psychologists in emergency psychosocial support along border stops to help refugees overcome the trauma of war and leaving their homes. Also supporting the social services and child protection departments as they set up assistance for the most vulnerable children at transit routes.: Training 200 psychologists in emergency psychosocial support along border stops to help refugees overcome the trauma of war and leaving their homes. Also supporting the social services and child protection departments as they set up assistance for the most vulnerable children at transit routes.

ChildFund International (CFC #11385): ChildFund has worked in Ukraine for many years and is acting quickly to provide emergency aid to kids and their families. Your support will help deliver relief and keep children safe as the crisis unfolds.

Direct Relief: Working with Ukraine’s Ministry of Health to distribute urgently needed medical aid, including emergency response packs for first responders, oxygen concentrators, critical care medicines and more. More than 250 tons of medical assistance has been delivered to the area since the start of the conflict - that’s over 49 deliveries and 56 million doses of medicine.

HIAS (CFC #10182): Serving as an information hub for different communities on topics including migration and refugee status, resettling Ukrainians in the United States, and expiring visas for Ukrainians currently in the U.S. Also offering opportunities for those looking to engage in advocacy efforts related to the crisis.

International Medical Corps (CFC #10912): Providing vital medicine, medical equipment, supplies and training to hospitals and first responders inside Ukraine. Working with refugees displaced by the war in Poland, Moldova and Romania to provide medicine, child-friendly spaces and psychosocial first aid (PFA) support and training.

International Rescue Committee (CFC #11113): Supporting evacuation efforts for women and children; providing critical information services about housing, employment, refugee rights and registration for displaced people; and providing psychosocial care through a dedicated hotline. IRC is also quickly ramping up cash distributions, allocating medical equipment, offering gender-based violence and prevention services and setting up Safe Healing and Learning Spaces for children.

Islamic Relief USA (CFC #10194): Addressing the immediate needs of Ukrainian families with core relief and delivering lifesaving assistance to people seeking refuge. Aiming to reach nearly 25,000 individuals with core relief kits (blankets, tarps, etc.), jerry cans to collect and store water, and shelter repair materials and other emergency supplies.

Matthew 25: Ministries: Shipping 300,000 pounds of aid to partners in and around Ukraine; supplies include personal care items, first aid supplies, paper products, clothing and more! These supplies are being distributed through refugee centers, orphanages, medical facilities, churches and other organizations serving those in need across Ukraine as well as Moldova, Romania, Poland and Slovakia. Additionally, Matthew 25: Ministries is securing and delivering supplies for other relief programs providing food, shelter, medical care, transportation and education services to Ukrainians in need or fleeing the conflict.

Medical Teams International (CFC #11469): Sending volunteer doctors and nurses to help deliver urgent medical care to refugees at border crossings in Moldova. They are also training frontline staff on trauma first aid, basic lift support and psychological first aid. Additionally, they are working with partners to deliver medical equipment and supplies to local health centers.

MOAS: Conducting evacuations for chronically ill children and providing point of injury care in recently bombarded civilian areas. 40 staff members are active on the ground with eight chase vehicles and two evacuation ambulances. More staff and resources are arriving to provide lifesaving, front-line medical care in the coming weeks.

Plan International USA (CFC #12083): Focusing on refugee children and their families in Poland, Moldova and Romania, including work in the areas of protection, psychosocial support, emergency education and meeting basic needs. Many of these children and families fled their homes with little more than the clothes on their backs. Plan International USA continues to scale up their operations to help keep refugee children safe.

Prison Fellowship International (CFC #10991): Supporting their work in Europe and Central Asia is not for emergency relief in Ukraine – it is for what comes next. These long-term efforts are where Prison Fellowship International will be, as the ongoing needs will be significant. With your help, they will continue to share the Gospel with prisoners and their families.

Project HOPE (CFC #11115): Providing hospitals in Ukraine with medicine and medical supplies that comprises Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHKs) and Essential Health Packs (EHPs) to support critical primary medical care. Each IEHK can provide medical care to 10,000 people for three months, and each EHP contains 800 courses of antibiotics, analgesics, anti-inflammatories, antifungals and anti-parasitics. They are also supporting mental health and psychosocial support initiatives and protection services.

Save the Children (CFC #12085): Providing urgently needed support to children and families while laying the groundwork for planned massive relief and recovery work. Partner organizations continue to provide food, cash,  hygiene supplies, shelter, and mental health and psychosocial support. In neighboring countries, Save the Children is providing immediate aid, education supplies and child-friendly spaces for families that have fled Ukraine.
 
UNICEF USA (CFC #12182):  Scaling up health programs in Ukraine to strengthen essential services and distributing nutritional support to children. In neighboring countries, UNICEF is assessing and responding to the need for safe water, sanitation and hygiene supplies in refugee shelters and providing cash assistance to vulnerable families in transit. Child-friendly spaces called ‘Blue Dot’ hubs offer psychosocial support and access to education for children and families.

World Vision (CFC #11117): Supporting refugees in Romania, where staff aim to provide hundreds of thousands of people with essential aid, including emergency food assistance packages and educational and psychological support. They’re also working with partners to support refugees in Moldova, displaced families in Ukraine, and thousands of visiting Ukrainians who were stranded in Georgia when the conflict began.

For a full list of Global Impact's responding charities, see the Ukraine Response Fund.

How can you help?

  • Give to the Ukraine Response Fund. (Consider a recurring donation to continue assistance as the response efforts shift from immediate to long-term.) 
  • If you’re a federal employee or retiree, contribute through the CFC Special Solicitation.
  • Check with your employer about matching gifts to multiply your impact.
  • Share the fund with your network and encourage them to donate – every contribution makes a big difference!

This post was last updated on May 6, 2022.

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