As the Russian military invasion of Ukraine has unfolded, so too has a humanitarian crisis that has forced civilians to flee their homes or take refuge in bomb shelters and subway stations throughout the country.
We have compiled a list of local, United States, and Poland-based charities that will put your money to good use, based on information from their websites. This is a non-exhaustive list of organizations that are asking for assistance. Donations can be made through the links to their websites or social media pages.
ORGANIZATIONS IN ST LOUIS
St Mary’s Assumption Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
Ukrainians in Missouri
Jewish Federation of St Louis
ORGANIZATIONS IN THE US
The Kosciuszko Foundation
ORGANIZATIONS IN POLAND
Polskie Centrum Pomocy Miedzynarodowej
Polish Medical Mission
Polska Akcja Humanitarna
Fundacja Otwarty Dialog
International Rescue Committee
Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders is an independent organization that provides medical care where it’s needed most. Its team in Ukraine is working to help residents access needed health care as well as train the country’s doctors and nurses to provide medical treatment.
For more information and how to help follow this link:
International Committee of the Red Cross
The Red Cross is helping those affected by the ongoing conflict.
You can make a monetary donation to the Red Cross’ efforts in Ukraine
Ukraine Crisis Media Center
The non-governmental organization based in Kyiv, the Ukraine Crisis Media Center launched in 2014 when Russia occupied Crimea. The group aims to “promote the development of a self-sufficient Ukrainian state and society.”
The Ukraine Crisis Media Center offers tips on how to help Ukraine during this crisis.
UNICEF, or the United Nations Children’s Fund, is a UN agency that oversees providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children around the world. UNICEF is working to provide safe water and other necessities, as well as ensuring there is immediate help for children and families in need.
More notable charities:
If these charities don’t appeal to you, then Charity Navigator — a platform dedicated to educating Americans about non-profit resources — suggests giving these organizations a try:
* Before donating to any charity, you may want to review the receiving organization on charity watchdog groups like Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or GuideStar, or by checking with the Better Business Bureau. Experts also recommend reviewing the organization’s financial reports for transparency and how much of your donation goes toward the charity’s mission.