Five charities to donate to if you want to help Ukraine

Here are easy ways to help those in crisis right now


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Protester waving state flag of Ukraine expressing his support during clashes in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Jacob Berr, News Writer

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to a humanitarian crisis, displacing millions of people and killing innocent civilians. Russia has been accused of committing war crimes including bombing apartment buildings, shelling chemical factories and attacking nuclear power plants.

Many students feel helpless and unable to make an impact from their homes, but there are actually lots of ways you can help — starting with finding charitable groups that are supporting Ukrainians in need. Here are some charities to donate to if you help out Ukrainians during this crisis:


The International Committee of the Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross, which has partnered with the American Red Cross, remains active in Ukraine and surrounding countries, saving and protecting the lives of victims of armed conflict and violence. The group has been helping civilians evacuate and providing people with food, shelter and other necessities. 


Voices of Children

 Voices of Children was created in 2015 to provide psychological support through mobile psychologists, video storytelling and art therapy to children affected by war. Today, the group is providing round-the-clock assistance to affected children and families from all over the country, particularly in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and is providing emergency psychological assistance, and assisting in the evacuation process.


World Central Kitchen

World Central Kitchen, a charitable organization founded and managed by chef Jose Andres, deploys chefs to disaster areas to provide hot meals for those in need. They are currently working in Ukraine and counties bordering it by assisting with humanitarian efforts when refugees arrive. There are multiple ways to donate.


Vostok SOS

Vostok-SOS is an independent organization that started as a volunteer civil initiative in May 2014 by activists of Luhansk Human Rights Center, the Crimean Human Rights Center and the Civil Sector of Luhansk EuroMaidan. Located in Ukraine, the group is one of the first volunteer initiatives to provide assistance to victims of military conflict in eastern Ukraine and Crimea. They continue to document human rights violations and report accurately on the fighting throughout the country.


Global Giving Ukrainian Crisis Relief fund

This organization provides healthcare, physiological support and other necessities to refugees in addition to education and economic opportunities. Donations to the fund provide shelter, food and clean water for refugees as well as educational, psychological, and economic support.