With international concern growing for the safety of civilians and families affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the New Jersey School Boards Association is collecting diapers, hygiene products, first aid supplies, nonperishable foods and other items to help Ukrainians in need.
NJSBA encourages others to review the links below to find out how they, too, can lend support.
- CARE, an international humanitarian agency, has partnered with People in Need and hopes to build a fund to reach millions – especially women, girls and the elderly. Donate.
- Doctors Without Borders, which works in conflict zones, is partnering with volunteers in Ukraine to help people travel to health-care facilities and working to ensure that people have access to health care and medicine. Support its work.
- GlobalGiving, a U.S.-based nonprofit crowdfunding platform for grass-roots charitable projects, launched its UkraineCrisis Relief Fund page, stating that all donations to the fund will support humanitarian assistance in affected communities in Ukraine and surrounding regions where Ukrainian refugees have fled. Donate.
- The International Rescue Committee, founded in 1933, helps those affected by humanitarian crises and works in more than 40 affected countries, as well as communities in Europe and the Americas. According to its website, the IRC is on the ground in Poland and working to help displaced families. The site offers suggestions on how you can assist Ukraine, such as welcoming refugees and social media activism. Donate.
- The Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross provides assistance for victims of armed conflict and has been working in Ukraine since 2014 to supply emergency assistance and support hospitals with medical equipment. Support the ICRC’s efforts in Ukraine.
- Journalists with the Kyiv Independent have done tremendous work covering the war. The Independent has started a GoFundMe asking for support and it has also promoted a separate GoFundMe — “Keep Ukraine’s media going” — for journalists around the country who have received less international attention.
- Project Hope, an international health-care organization, works to empower health-care workers facing health crises. For the Ukraine invasion, the organization says its emergency teams in Europe are sending medical supplies and standing by to provide health screening and care for refugees. Donate.
- 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 — is asking for support.
- Save the Children was founded more than a century ago, works “in the hardest-to-reach places, where it’s toughest to be a child.” The organization says it is “gravely concerned” for the children of Ukraine and Afghanistan. Donate.
- Sunflower of Peace is a small nonprofit with ambitions to help Ukrainian orphans and internally displaced people. A post on its Facebook page in mid-February said it had launched a fundraiser for first-aid medical tactical backpacks. Each backpack, it says, can save up to 10 people. They’re packed with bandages and anti-hemorrhagic medicines, among other critical items. The group has worked mostly off its Facebook page, where it’s accepting donations.
- The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs oversees U.N. Crisis Relief, with donations going toward United Nations’ efforts to fund work in humanitarian crises. Primary goals include supporting lifesaving activities, filling funding gaps and expanding assistance in hard-to-reach areas, according to its website. Donate.
- The World Food Program, the U.N.’s anti-hunger humanitarian organization, has launched emergency relief operations in Ukraine and surrounding border countries. WFP says it is scaling up to provide food assistance to 3.1 million Ukrainians affected by the conflict and has deployed 400 tons of food to the Ukrainian border this week. Donate.
- 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. The group’s psychologists specialize in art therapy and provide general psychosocial support with group classes or individual sessions. Many of its psychologists are based in the regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, areas that have long been controlled by Russian-backed separatists and that are on the front lines of the current, wider conflict. Now, Voices of Children is providing assistance to children and families all over Ukraine, even helping with evacuations. Donate.