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How Can NJ Support Ukraine?

New Jersey residents can do their part to support Ukraine through donations and other shows of solidarity.

Veronica Flesher,Patch Staff

Posted Tue, Mar 15, 2022 at 9:55 am ET

Below are 23 charities that are accepting donations to help the people of Ukraine:

  • Alight, formerly the American Refugee Committee, has sent an emergency response team to Poland to help refugees from Ukraine.
  • Before the invasion, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee was active at more than 1,000 locations across Ukraine, extending “a lifeline for an estimated 40,000 Jewish elderly and 2,500 poor Jewish children,” according to its website.
  • The American Red Cross has teams in Ukraine and it is providing food, hygiene products, blankets, medical supplies, trauma kits and household assistance, as well as first-aid training in bomb shelters and metro stations.
  • Americares Foundation, has deployed an emergency response.  Donations will be used to buy medicine, medical supplies and other relief items that protect health, especially as Ukraine continues to battle rising COVID-19 infections and a polio outbreak.
  • Catholic Relief Services is working with its partners in Poland and other countries bordering Ukraine to provide shelter, meals, hygiene supplies, transportation to safe areas and providing other emergency services.
  • CARE USA, in partnership with People in Need, aims to reach 4 million people with emergency assistance — particularly families, women and girls, and the elderly who are likely to suffer the most by this crisis.
  • Direct Relief works directly with Ukraine’s Ministry of Health and other regional partners to critical care medications, while at the same time preparing to offer longer-term medical assistance to people who are displaced or affected by the conflict.
  • Doctors Without Borders is sending more staff to Ukraine, where the immediate priority is to provide essential medical supplies to hospitals running low on necessary emergency response supplies such as surgical and trauma kits.
  • Episcopal Relief & Development is working through the Action by Churches Together Alliance to provide cash, blankets, hygiene supplies and other needed assistance.
  • GlobalGiving says eight years of armed conflict in eastern Ukraine have already killed thousands and thrown millions into crisis, but full scale war is having “catastrophic consequences,” made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. The charity provides shelter, food and clean water for refugees, and also health and psychological support and access to education and economic assistance.
  • GoFundMe verified Ukraine fundraisers support a variety of causes.
    Heart to Heart International has worked in Ukraine almost since its beginning as a sovereign nation, making more than 60 shipments of medical and humanitarian aid since 1994. In response to the current crisis, the charity is delivering hygiene kits and medical supplies, and is working with local organizations to support refugees.
  • Related: What The U.S. Is Doing To Help Ukrainian Refugees: Explainer
  • The International Medical Corps has worked in the country since 1999, most recently in 2014 in response to the collapse of eastern Ukraine’s health system. Its teams re on the ground in Ukraine, ready to provide medical, mental health and other health care services, and has representatives in Poland and Hungary to assist refugees. Right now, most needed are non-food items, such as hygiene kits, blankets and other critical need items for refugees.
  • The International Rescue Committee is on the ground in Poland to support the approximately 1.06 million Ukrainians who fled there to escape the Russian invasion.
  • The Kyiv Independent, an English-language publication launched three months ago on the principles of independent journalism, needs help to continue publishing as the crisis deepends.
  • MAP International, a Christian organization, will send emergency medical and disaster kits to Ukraine.
  • Mennonite Central Committee has worked in Ukraine since 1920, when its soup kitchens fed thousands of starving families. Since the beginning of the current conflict, the organization has focused on helping people displaced by the crisis.
  • Mercy Corps has teams on the ground in Ukraine, Poland and Romania, where funding is provided to local organizations based on humanitarian needs.  In 2014, Mercy Corps helped 200,000 Ukrainians with emergency cash, food, water and sanitation supplies.
  • Samaritan’s Purse sent a DC-8 to Poland loaded with supplies for an emergency field hospital on the outskirts of Lviv, Ukraine, that will have two operating rooms and be capable to providing 14 major and 30 minor surgeries per day, plus 100 emergency room visits. It has about 60 inpatient beds, including four ICU beds and four step-down beds.
  • Save the Children, provides aid to children and their families in Ukraine.  400,000 of the refugees are children who are at risk of hunger, illness, trafficking and abuse. Donations provide immediate assistance, such as food, water, hygiene kits, psychological support and cash.
  • UNICEF is on the ground in Ukraine to provide safe water, health care and other protections to children. Donations are 100 percent tax-deductible, and the organization retains less than 3 percent of funds for administrative costs.
  • The U.N. World Food Program USA says a $75 donation provides a family with an emergency box containing enough food for an entire month.
  • The U.N. Refugee Agency is on the ground in Ukraine helping refugees navigate their escape from Ukraine.

Here are some basic tips for charitable giving

  • Donate money over items.
  • Prioritize charities that have strong ties to Ukraine and that prioritize short-term relief over long-term development.
  • Vet the charity through the Better Business Bureau’s Give.orgGuideStar or Charity Navigator.
  • Go to the nonprofit’s website to see how the money is being used.
  • Use a credit card rather than a debit card or a third-party service to make your donation.
  • Beware of solicitations for charities by phone or text, even if they seem legitimate.
  • Never agree to wire transfers or donations through gift cards.