Russian’s invasion of Ukraine is having a devastating impact on millions of innocent people, and they need our support. But what can we do from the United States, and other countries located far away? Financial donations are one of the most impactful ways to make an immediate difference, and there are other actions you can take that don’t cost a dime. Here’s how to help Ukraine today, no matter where you live.
Attend or organize protests in your city. A website called Stop Putin has a list of protests planned around the world, and you can add your own local events. Check your local news and Facebook events for additional protests that might pop up in your area.
Welcome refugees. An estimated 4 million Ukrainians will be fleeing their country in the weeks to come. Call or write your government representatives and insist that they grant Ukrainians immediate entry and humanitarian parole, which, in the United States, allows them to remain without a visa. Parole can be granted in as little as three days.
Counter disinformation. Be skeptical about the information you see online, which might be propaganda or misinformation. Question where the information came from and whether the source is reliable, especially before sharing on social media. Check out Stanford’s guide to spotting misleading news and information for more tips.
Support Ukrainian journalism. A GoFundMe page organized by a senior executive from the Kyiv Independent is currently raising funds to support national and regional news sources fighting to relocate from Kyiv and other cities in peril.
Médicins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders is a well-respected, Nobel Prize-winning organization that currently has teams in Ukraine and surrounding countries providing medical aid and supplies.
The Hungarian Helsinki Committee is currently helping people fleeing from Ukraine, offering free professional and legal assistance with everything from counseling to representation.
Fundacja Ocalenie has stepped in to provide support after reports that African and Indian students have faced discrimination and racism at the border of Poland and Belarus. Funds will allow them to pay for food, translation services, legal aid, fuel for humanitarian aid groups, and more.
Polish Migration Forum is offering a free crisis hotline to help those affected by the crisis in Ukraine, including people who have fled the country and concerned people who have relatives in Ukraine. They are also seeking volunteers within Poland.
Razom for Ukraine is providing medical supplies and working to “amplify the voices of Ukrainians” during the crisis. Its aim is to help Ukraine pursue a democratic society with civil rights for all.
Sunflowers of Peace is an organization founded by a Ukrainian-American woman based in Massachusetts, raising direct relief funds for Ukrainians who are stuck inside the country. The group has raised half a million dollars in the last week alone, and is also collecting medical supplies that will be included in emergency response backpacks distributed within Ukraine and to refugees.
Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights is helping to support women, transgender, and nonbinary activists on the ground within and around Ukraine, including emergency evacuations and relocations, legal, financial, and medical support, security and disaster survival training, shelter, and access to alternative communication channels like mobile internet and VPNs.