VNF Supports Ukraine

Many of us are following the disturbing events occurring in Ukraine and wish there was more we could do to help. We continue to keep the brave people of Ukraine and Russia in our thoughts and prayers and have posted the list of charities circulated previously here.

If you have suggestions that you’d like added to the list of charities, please let Lisa or Anat know. In addition to monetary donations, we are looking into other ways that we can support the people of Ukraine together. 

  • UNICEF: As tensions rise in eastern Ukraine, UNICEF ramps up efforts to deliver aid to hundreds of thousands of children and families whose lives and futures hang in the balance. UNICEF is working to ease extreme hardships brought on by seven years of armed conflict and to meet urgent and escalating needs for safe water, health care, nutrition and protection.
  • Gaithersburg, Maryland-based nonprofit United Help Ukraine is seeking donations. Arlington, Virginia, resident Roxolana Wynar, who has family and friends in Ukraine, said: “We need people to donate money, and to help with that initiative. Because the loss of life is just really bad right now.”
  • The Jewish Foundation of Greater Washington has established a Ukraine Emergency Fund. “Federation and our partners on the ground in Ukraine are coordinating to ensure we can swiftly meet emerging and urgent humanitarian needs of the 200,000+ members of Ukraine’s Jewish community.”
  • The International Fund for Animal Welfare: Since the conflict started, IFAW has supported multiple partners helping animals and people in Ukraine and the surrounding countries. Their team is now deployed to Poland and will continue to work with local shelters and government authorities.
  • Voices of Children, a charitable foundation based in Ukraine, has been serving the psychological needs of children affected by the war in the country’s east since 2015, according to its website. You can donate here.
  • José Andrés, the beloved D.C. chef famous for feeding people in need around the world, is already in Europe with his World Central Kitchen team helping provide “thousands of meals in Poland, Romania and even inside Ukraine,” he wrote on Twitter. Anyone who wishes to donate can go here.
  • Razom for Ukraine was founded in 2014 and has since launched efforts to build a stronger democracy in the country. Now, according to its website, the nonprofit is “focused on purchasing medical supplies for critical situations like blood loss and other tactical medicine items.” Razom — which means “together” in Ukrainian — posted a list of the lifesaving supplies it has already purchased and is asking for more support here.
  • Care, the international humanitarian organization, has partnered with People in Need and hopes to build a fund that can reach 4 million people, especially women, girls and the elderly. Donations for Care can be made here.
  • Save the Children, founded more than a century ago, is blunt about the grueling nature of its work: “We work in the hardest-to-reach places, where it’s toughest to be a child.”
  • International Red Cross has operations in Ukraine and in other countries besieged by conflicts, famine, and other causes of human suffering.
  • Sunflower of Peace is a small nonprofit with ambitions to help Ukrainian orphans and internally displaced people. The group has worked mostly off its Facebook page, where it’s accepting donations.