How can Virginia support Ukraine? Donations, collections and more

VIRGINIA – Residents of Virginia who want to help and show solidarity with Ukraine amid the Russian invasion can help locally. And many of them have already done so, through donations, protests and signs of support.

The Local Bakers Bake for Ukraine, a group of 13 Northern Virginia bakeries, has held a fundraiser to benefit Ukraine for the past two weeks. Bakeries plan to take another round of orders later in March to tackle the backlog.

Taco Bamba donated a percentage of the proceeds from its Northern Virginia and Maryland restaurants to World Central Kitchen on Wednesday to help the charity group’s relief efforts in Ukraine.

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In Herndon, two Ukrainian sisters bake traditional Ukrainian cookies and teach a borscht-making class to raise money for the World Central Kitchen.

Yaroslava Dutchak and her sister Elona joined other protesters outside the White House to show support for their country. Yaroslava Dutchak brought a plastic container filled with traditional Ukrainian cookies called “horishky”.

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On March 5, Pamela Saunders of McLean hosted a virtual art class for the benefit of Sunflower of Peace, which provides emergency medical and humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian people.

The Kindness of Strangers, a nonprofit group started in 2021 by a group of Arlington teenagers, is collecting medical supplies that will be flown to Poland and Ukraine. The group also provided a link to the most needed items that will be sent to Ukraine Express in Delaware and then airlifted to Ukraine and Poland.

Classical Movements, based in Alexandria, is holding its spring season opening show in solidarity with Ukraine and supporting relief efforts. His concert series will take place at the Presbytery at 711 Princess Street.

Opening the spring season on March 22 will be the Concert for Ukraine, with performances at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The Concert for Ukraine will feature musicians from the National Symphony and Washington National Opera/Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Featured performers include Ukrainian violinist Zino Bogachek and violinist Natasha Bogachek. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales and additional donations will be donated to humanitarian organizations helping people and refugees from Ukraine.

Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk and the city council will hold a vigil for Ukraine on Friday evening. The event will take place at the Town Green on West Market Street at 7 p.m.

Tips for donating

Some things to keep in mind when donating to charity:

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

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National charities accepting donations

Nationally, here are 23 charities that accept donations:

Alight, formerly the American Refugee Committee, sent an emergency response team to Poland to help refugees from Ukraine.

Prior to the invasion, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee was active at more than 1,000 sites across Ukraine, extending “a lifeline for approximately 40,000 Jewish elderly and 2,500 poor Jewish children,” according to its site. Internet. Now, these services are being extended to include delivering food parcels, creating a database to be able to contact customers in an emergency, and assisting with emergency response.

The American Red Cross has had teams in Ukraine for eight years and now provides food, hygiene products, blankets, medical supplies, trauma kits and household help, as well as first aid training in bomb shelters and subway stations.

The Americares Foundation, which has deployed an emergency response team to Poland, describes the situation in Ukraine as “a humanitarian crisis with immense health needs”. Donations will be used to buy medicines, medical supplies and other health-protecting relief items, 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 provide other emergency services.

CARE USA, in partnership with People in Need, aims to reach 4 million people with emergency assistance – especially families, women and girls, and the elderly who are likely to suffer the most from this crisis.

Direct Relief is working directly with the Ukrainian Ministry of Health and other regional partners to provide medical aid ranging from oxygen concentrators to intensive care medication, while preparing to offer longer-term medical assistance to displaced people. 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 that lack needed emergency 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 any other assistance needed.

Eight years of armed conflict in eastern Ukraine have already claimed thousands of lives and plunged millions into crisis, GlobalGiving says, but full-scale war has “catastrophic consequences”, compounded by the COVID pandemic -19. The charity provides shelter, food and clean water to refugees, as well as health and psychological support and access to education and economic aid.

Ukrainian fundraisers verified by GoFundMe support a variety of causes.

Heart to Heart International has worked in Ukraine since almost its beginnings 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 works with local organizations to support refugees.

The International Medical Corps has worked in the country since 1999, most recently in 2014 in response to the collapse of eastern Ukraine’s healthcare system. Its teams are on the ground in Ukraine, ready to provide medical, mental health and other healthcare services, and also have representatives in Poland and Hungary to help refugees. Currently, the greatest needs are for non-food items, such as hygiene kits, blankets and other refugee relief items.

The International Rescue Committee is on the ground in Poland to support the estimated 1.06 million Ukrainians who fled there to escape the Russian invasion. Donations help the organization provide food, medical care and other emergency support services.

The Kyiv Independent, an English-language publication launched three months ago on principles of independent journalism, needs help to continue publishing as the crisis deepens.

MAP International, a Christian organization, will send emergency and disaster medical kits to Ukraine.

The 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 the humanitarian needs they have identified as most urgent. In 2014, Mercy Corps helped 200,000 Ukrainians with cash, food, water and emergency sanitation supplies.

Samaritan’s Purse has sent a DC-8 to Poland loaded with supplies for an emergency field hospital on the outskirts of Lviv, Ukraine, which will have two operating rooms and be capable of providing 14 major surgeries and 30 minor surgeries per day, plus 100 emergency room visits. It has around 60 hospital beds, including four intensive care beds and four emergency beds.

Save the Children, which has been providing humanitarian aid to children and their families in Ukraine since 2014, says 400,000 of the refugees are children at risk of hunger, disease, trafficking and abuse. Donations provide immediate assistance, such as food, water, hygiene kits, psychological support and cash.

UNICEF is on the ground in Ukraine providing clean water, healthcare and other protections to children. Donations are 100% tax deductible and the organization retains less than 3% of funds for administrative costs.

The United Nations World Food Program in the United States says a $75 donation provides a family with an emergency box containing enough food for an entire month.

The UN Refugee Agency is on the ground in Ukraine helping refugees escape from Ukraine.

Jerry B. Hatch