Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been unsettling and disturbing to witness. While most of us are half a world away, there are small acts we can all take today to support the defense of Ukraine and its people.
“I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness and love.” – Gandalf
SFI has gathered a wide range of organizations, charities, and resources working around the world to support Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees as they seek safety. Of course, we know acts of war are very difficult for veterans and military-connected folks, so we are also sharing a wide range of mental health resources for our community.
There are countless charities doing important work to support Ukraine and its people. This collection includes a wide range of organizations – we encourage you to find the mission that resonates with you to make a donation.
- Revived Soldiers Ukraine provides medical aid to Ukrainian soldiers and support to their families.
- USA for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Your donation will provide emergency aid to families in Ukraine.
- The Ukraine Humanitarian Fund is one of the UN’s country-based pooled funds. Contributions are collected into a single, unearmarked fund and managed locally under UN leadership.
- Save our Allies launched during the Afghanistan evacuation and is now expanding its mission to provide medical support and supply distribution to the people of Ukraine.
- Donations to UNICEF will ensure Ukraine’s children have access to save water, nutrition, health care, education and protection.
- Ukrainian Red Cross uses funds to help those in need affected by armed conflict, as well as paying for blood collection efforts, mobilization of volunteers and resources, and emergency activities.
- Razom For Ukraine is a Ukraine emergency support fund for urgent help and support, including providing critical medical supplies and amplifying the voices of Ukrainians.
- Voices of Children helps support children who experience trauma in war.
- International Rescue Committee is on the ground in Poland to assist displaced Ukrainians.
- World Central Kitchen is on the ground in Poland to support families fleeing Ukraine.
Shop for a cause with these fundraisers.
- In Washington DC, Ukrainian-owned DLight cafe is hosting a fundraiser this week, selling Ukraine flag cookies
- None of Us Were Born for War Tee Shirt, spouse-owned Sketch & Sentiment
- Believe in the Ghost of Kyiv Tee Shirt, spouse-owned Sketch & Sentiment
- Ghost of Kyiv Canvas Art from Squadron Posters
- Sunflower Pendant, military family owned Perfect Bloom Design
- Heart Keychain for Ukraine, joint project between military spouse owned Roots & Wings Vinyl and 2 Pilots 1 Shop
- Zelenskyy: Win Over Darkness Quote Tee Shirt from Raygun
The U.S. and our allies’ policies are constantly evolving in response to the invasion. We have an opportunity to advocate for and show support of policies that deter Russia and support Ukraine. We will continue to update this list as advocacy and rally opportunities change.
- Volunteer with Razom
- Send a letter to your Members of Congress and the White House to let them know you stand with Ukraine and support the most severe sanctions.
- Use this script to send letters or call your elected officials asking them to support Ukraine.
- United Help Ukraine is organizing daily #StandwithUkraine rallies at the White House.
We know the stress and uncertainly of armed conflict directly impacts our community. Please reach out for help if you need it, and share these resources with friends who may need them.
- Military One Source is a free 24/7 connection to information, answers and support from the Department of Defense. It offers a wide range of individualized consultations, coaching and non-medical counseling for many aspects of military life.
- Veterans in an immediate crisis, please call 911 or the Veteran Crisis Line at 800-273-8255.
- Caregivers can join the Hidden Heroes Caregiver Community today by registering here. Staff specialists are offering timely support and interventions around these recent events and stand ready to support you.
- Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Survivor Helpline is available 24/7. Call TAPS at 800-959-TAPS (8277) for Gold Star Families.
- The Bush Institute’s Veteran Wellness Alliance can “Check In” people and connect them to the best mental wellness resources. Please Check Yourself In or a friend in need of support if they are struggling.
- Connect to the Wounded Warrior Project Resource Center by calling 888-WWP-ALUM (997.2586) or 904-405-1213.
- Connect with Combined Arms through the Quick Connect Form or call the intake team (888-737-3112) to find the best resources for your unique needs.
- Call or chat/text with someone at Vets4Warriors 855-838-8255.
- Headstrong’s mental health resources stand at the ready to help our military-connected families.
- IAVA’s Quick Reaction Force (QRF) is standing by to provide 24/7 peer support and connections to professional resources and assistance for everyone in our community. Call 855-91-RAPID for immediate help.
- At VA VetCenters over 70% of Vet Center staff are Veterans, which can be particularly important during challenging situations like this one. Those looking to seek Vet Center services may call their nearest Vet Center or the Vet Center Call Center at 877-WAR-VETS (927-8387).
- Call or text VA Women Veterans Call Center 855-829-6636 (M-F 8AM-10PM & SAT 8AM-6:30PM ET).