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Support People in Ukraine

15 Mar, 2022

Watching the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine, many members have asked how we can help. Here are trusted and effective ways that CWA and other union members can help. 

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Donate to Relief for Ukraine  

Trade Unions in Ukraine and surrounding countries like Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and others are providing humanitarian support to Ukrainian families and refugees. All donations are directed to Solidarity Center organizations working on the ground, providing supplies and direct support. All funds donated are passed on to the two local centers to provide medical supplies, food and water, and hygiene items to refugees. 

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)  Ukraine Fund - People in Ukraine are in grave danger of physical harm, families have fled their homes seeking refuge in neighboring countries, and others are sheltering from bombs falling in major cities. The ITUC’s Ukrainian member organizations FPU and KVPU are providing support to families who desperately need assistance with: food and water provisions, medical supplies, hygiene items. You can help Ukraine’s workers and their families by donating to the ITUC’s emergency fundraising appeal. All funds donated will be passed on to our two member organizations to support their humanitarian work in Ukraine.

People in Need Ukraine - People in Need Ukraine provides a wide variety of emergency services, recently they sent the first convoy of trucks loaded with humanitarian aid as requested by reps of Lviv in western Ukraine that included sleeping bags, mats, and other goods either for free or at a great discount. They also provided aid to internally displaced people, such as aid, shelter, insulated tents for displaced children, and basic needs, e.g. food, water, hygiene products. They also receive donations from USAID, WFP, EU and other legit donors.

Ukrainian Red Cross Society - They are part of the Red Cross and help civilians with emergency assistance. The link also provides information on donations and usage of donations. (Please note that the English website takes a bit longer to load).

Caritas Ukraine - Began their work in 1992 after Ukraine declared independence providing humanitarian assistance. Currently providing support to internally-displaced people on the move with essential items, such as food, drinking water and personal hygiene kits and shelter, safe transport for displaced families. Click on link to learn more and make the donation. 

Razom for Ukraine - New York City-based organization that organizes the provision of humanitarian aid and conducts informational work in the US. They are a volunteer-run organization with a low overhead similar to United Help Ukraine, but in my view more  able to handle larger sums of money. They have been active since Maidan and have raised $1.05 million in the last two weeks.

Drop Off Supplies for Shipment to Relief Efforts

Two local churches are collecting supplies to ship to Ukraine. They have connections to deliver supplies directly to the areas in need: 

Ukrainian American Cultural Center of NJ, 60 N. Jefferson Road, Whippany, NJ 

  • First aid kits
  • Antiseptics
  • Over the counter pain relievers
  • Antibiotic ointments
  • Children's fever reducer medication
  • Bandages
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Walkie talkies
  • Sleeping bags
  • Thermal underwear
  • Backpacks
  • Flashlights (without batteries)
  • Gloves
  • Socks
  • Hygiene items (including female hygiene products)
  • Razors
  • Diapers

 

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