Hello, my friends! I'm doing something a little different this week. With the state of the world, I don't feel right carrying on as if everything were normal. Instead, I'm linking several different resources where you and I can donate to support our friends in Ukraine. In these hard times, even a small donation goes a long way. If you aren't in a position to donate financially, feel free to spread the word about these organizations.
International Medical Corps
This charity organization is dedicated to providing quality medical care to those currently impacted by the crisis in Ukraine. They provide primary and emergency medical services, mental health support, and gender-based violence and protection services. If you're interested in learning more about International Medical Corps, click here.
The International Rescue Committee
While this organization responds to refugees of all nationalities, they are currently on the ground in Poland and Ukraine working to support those fleeing the country. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) provides food, shelter, and economic assistance to those who have been displaced by this war. To learn more about how the IRC is working in Ukraine, click here.
Save the Children
This is another organization that focuses on the well-being of children. They provide access to education, mental health resources, winter and hygiene kits, and grants to families to meet their basic needs. With exceptional transparency, you can be sure your money is being put to good use. For more information on Save the Children, click here.
As one of the most recommended charity organizations in the world, Global Giving is committed to serving those in need. They provide those seeking refuge with food, water, and healthcare. For more information about their past projects and current response to the crisis in Ukraine, click here.
Tips for Donating
It's incredible that we are able to help those experiencing hardship across the world and actually make a difference. But be wary of those who use situations like this to take advantage of those willing to help. Per NBC, you can protect yourself by doing the following before donating:
Ask what percentage of your donation will go towards relief efforts
Research the history of the organization and their experience with emergency relief
Look the charity up on Charity Navigator to determine their rating
Confirm the organization has prior experience in the impacted region
That's all I have for you this week. I plan on getting back to my regular posts next week. Until then, be safe and be kind.
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