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How to help the people of Ukraine today

Here's a list of registered charities accepting donations to help Ukrainians.

As the Russian military invasion of Ukraine unfolds, so does the need for humanitarian support for the Ukrainian people. There are several ways you can help. Here’s a list of organisations taking donations to support those in Ukraine; all are registered with the Charities Regulator in Ireland.

Registered charities accepting donations for Ukraine

There are several charities accepting financial donations to aid Ukraine. Unfortunately, times like this also bring about scams — so it’s important to give only to registered charities. You can verify a charity is registered by checking the Charities Regulator’s list.

  1. The Irish Red Cross has launched a Ukraine Crisis Appeal to which you can donate: https://www.redcross.ie/latest-appeals/ukraine-crisis-appeal/
  2. Save the Children is supporting Ukraine’s children in the conflict: https://www.savethechildren.net/
  3. The Salvation Army is supporting families in Ukraine with food, shelter and spiritual care: https://sawso.org/sawso/ukraine-disaster-and-refugee-relief

How can I help if I can’t contribute financially?

If you’re unable to donate money, there are still steps you can take to help.

  • Donate your time and help organise fundraising through local nonprofit organisations.
  • Many local charities are collecting clothes, including waterproofs, bedding such as sleeping bags and mats, and camping equipment for Ukrainian civilians. You can find out about local collections through WhatsApp groups or social media groups. As above, ensure you’re giving to registered charities.
  • Encourage your employer to offer mental health services and other support to staff — especially those of Ukrainian descent or with loved ones in the area.
  • Don’t spread misinformation online. Verify all news sources before sharing on social media.

Remember that Russia’s military actions don’t necessarily reflect all of its people’s beliefs. Avoid using harmful rhetoric that stereotypes Russians as a group.

Stay informed with trustworthy news sources

Misinformation can be rampant in situations like this. Be sure to access reliable news sources such as RTE or the BBC World Service for information regarding the events in Ukraine.

Follow verified accounts on social media

If you like to access news on social media, you might want to use this list of accounts that appear to be reporting from Ukraine. Social media accounts are under attack from hackers; remain vigilant while accessing any information online.

  • Stand With Ukraine shares knowledge wrap-ups based on the ongoing situation and ways followers can support Ukrainian citizens. Instagram: @withukraine.
  • Svidomi offers updates on the ongoing conflict from the English version of a Ukrainian social media-based outlet as it shares brief but frequent posts from the front lines. Instagram: @svidomi_eng. Twitter: @Svidomi_en.
  • Ukrainians in Solidarity provides information on how followers can support Ukrainian citizens. Instagram: @ukrainiansinsolidarity.

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