Russia has invaded Ukraine in the largest land offensive in Europe since World War II. More than 100,000 Russian troops are stationed along the their border, and the Ukrainian people are pleading for help. Canada is home to one of the largest Ukrainian diaspora communities in the world. Locally, Waterloo Region is home to over 13,000 Ukrainians.

Here’s are several charities that you can donate to right now to help Ukraine

Canadian Red Cross – Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal

The Government of Canada has pledged to match individual donations made to the Red Cross up until March 18. Click here: https://donate.redcross.ca/page/100227/donate/1

To place a donation by phone, call 1-800-418-1111.

Mennonite Central Committee – Ukraine Emergency Response

The MCC has worked in Ukraine for over a century. It’s looking to provide support, temporary housing and distribute emergency supplies such as blankets and food packages. Donate here: https://donate.mcccanada.ca/cause/ukraine-emergency-response

Canada-Ukraine Foundation & Ukrainian Canadian Congress – #HelpUkraineNow
The CUF and UCC are hoping to raise $5 million to provide humanitarian assistance. Click here: https://www.cufoundation.ca/ 

Help Us Help –  #StandWithUkraine campaign
The Canadian charity is raising funds to help relocate children, scholars and veteran families in Ukraine as well provide general humanitarian and medical assistance in the region. Click here: https://helpushelp.charity/donate 

GlobalMedic – Ukraine Conflict Response 2022
The charity is focusing their efforts on helping fleeing Ukrainians secure safe passage to neighbouring countries. Click here: https://globalmedic.ca/ukraine-conflict-response-2022/ 

UNICEF – Ukraine Emergency Fund
The organization is providing Ukrainian communities with safe water, medical care, protection of children and family. It will also be supporting the rehabilitation of schools affected by the fighting. Click here: https://www.unicef.org/ukraine/en 

Organizations in Ukraine are direct donations as well.

The Ukraine’s main charity fund — https://savelife.in.ua/en/donate/

You can also donate to the fund of the National Bank of Ukraine

Disinformation is rampant on social media as part of Russian military operations. The Government of Ukraine is asking people to support them by reading and sharing verified information only about Russia’s attack on Ukraine.