The Ukraine Crisis: How we can Help

Vicki AbelsonBy Vicki Abelson, ACC

TLG Senior Consultant – Healthcare

My family immigrated here in the late 80s/early 90s from the Former Soviet Union. I was little and, for the most part, have the kind of memories kids have of their childhoods, thanks very much to the hard work of my parents.

But we came here as refugees and I know the many complicated reasons my parents, and so many others, uprooted their families in search of better lives.

30 some odd years later this war in Ukraine is heartbreaking to watch. The people there are also just in search of better lives. They do not deserve this. No one deserves this.

Women in particular find themselves in a unique position on the frontlines of the war. While the men are mandated to fight, the women are left as the primary caregivers for their families, children, and the elderly. Many women in Ukraine are working to make sure their family, friends, neighbors, and others have food, medicine, and other supplies.

I wish I had more insight or wise words of wisdom to impart. I do not.

However, I do know that there are so many worthwhile organizations (people!) that are tirelessly working to get aid to the people on the ground.

The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine has grown increasingly dire and desperate. According to the UN refugee agency, at least 160,000 people have been displaced within Ukraine, and more than two million people have fled to neighboring countries. Many of those trapped in Ukraine are currently without food, water, electricity, and other basic supplies.

There are many charities you can donate to help the ongoing humanitarian crisis going on in Ukraine. Here are a few that I’d like to highlight:

Nova Ukraine: https://novaukraine.org/

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta Ukrainian Emergency Fund: https://jewishatlanta.org/donate-to-the-ukraine-emergency-fund/

HIAS: https://www.hias.org/hias-responds-crisis-ukraine

There are many other great organizations that are working around the clock to provide the relief Ukrainians desperately need. I hope that you will support them, and stand with Ukraine!