How You Can Help Ukraine

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San Francisco, CA — Across the country, many Americans are looking for ways to support Ukraine and its people. Hundreds of residents have been killed, thousands have been displaced, and millions are currently in fear about their safety and livelihood. Fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters alike have volunteered to take up arms to defend their country against the Russian invasion.

As thousands of Ukrainian residents in the Bay Area and non-profit organizations are helping by sending supplies or directly supporting the efforts in the frontlines of battle, what can we do to help? Regardless of where we are, we can do our part to help the people of Ukraine by supporting organizations helping Ukraine. If you are considering supporting Ukraine, learn more about these organizations. If you have other organizations to suggest adding to this list, send us an email at editor@sftimes.com

Here are a list of organizations in support of Ukraine during this time of crisis:

Fight for Right:

Ukrainian Obama Leader Yuliia Sachuk’s organization, Fight for Right, promotes and protects the human rights of people living with disabilities in her community. In response to the crisis, Fight for Right is coordinating accessible shelter, evacuations, and emergency services–ensuring those living with disabilities aren’t left out of the humanitarian efforts. Their Go Fund Me page is the place for direct donations.

Hungarian Helsinki Committee:

Obama Leader András Léderer and his team at the Hungarian Helsinki Committee have been helping provide free-of-charge legal assistance and representation to refugees in Hungary for decades. Right now, they are focused on helping asylum seekers from Ukraine find professional and free legal assistance.

Fundacja Ocalenie:

Following reports that a number of African and Indian students have faced discrimination and racism at the border of Poland while trying to escape to safety, Fundacja Ocalenie has stepped in to provide support.

Kyiv Independent:

The Kyiv Independent, an English-language media outlet, was launched three months ago and was created on the principles of independent journalism and free-press. The goal of their Go Fund Me campaign is to keep the accurate news coming.

Polish Migration Forum:

This Polish organization is offering a free crisis hotline to assist people who are being affected by the Ukrainian crisis, including individuals who have fled the country, families worried about the well-being of their children, and those who have relatives in Ukraine and are feeling a sense of hopelessness.

Cordélia Foundation for the Rehabilitation of Torture Victims:

A Hungarian nonprofit that has experience helping severely traumatized asylum seekers, refugees, and their family members. They provide counseling and advanced psychiatric support.

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights:

The Urgent Action Fund is helping support women, transgender, and nonbinary activists on the ground in and around Ukraine, by providing flexible funding, access to communication channels, and medical support.

International Organization for Migration (IOM):

IOM is scaling up its humanitarian operations in Ukraine and neighboring countries, providing emergency services in health, shelter, winter supplies, and protection.

Association for Legal Intervention:

This Polish NGO has been providing pro bono legal work for migrants and refugees since 2005. Due to the rapidly changing rules and individual cases of those fleeing Ukraine, the Association for Legal Intervention just launched a dedicated legal portal to provide prompt legal advice.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.