Local and national support for people in Ukraine

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- As the conflict continues daily in Ukraine, people all over the Bay Area and United States are stepping up to try and help out. Below you will find a list of vetted resources, as well as tips on how to talk to your children, for you or someone you know to lend a hand or get support.

MedShare
MedShare is a disaster relief nonprofit relying on donations from the public and from medical supply companies and hospitals to move medical surplus supplies and equipment along with personal hygiene products to people in need around the world. They are launching a massive effort to supply those in Ukraine and refugees in neighboring countries. If you want to donate or volunteer at MedShare's San Leandro warehouse, you must make an appointment. Supplies cannot be dropped off without prior arrangement. You can contact coordinator Breanna Winn at 510-567-7070 ext. 104 or bwinn@medshare.org.

VIDEO: How to get involved with Nova Ukraine's relief effort
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From volunteers here in the Bay Area - to its partners in Ukraine - Nova Ukraine's primary focus is making sure the money gets to those in need.



Nova Ukraine
Nova Ukraine is a Palo Alto-based, 501(c)3 registered nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about Ukraine in the U.S. and throughout the world and providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

Razom for Ukraine
Razom for Ukraine is collecting donations for its emergency response project to provide medical supplies, humanitarian aid, and support volunteers on the ground.

Global Giving
Global Giving has started a Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund which will provide shelter, food, and water to the 500,000 refugees and counting. The money will also be used for health and psychosocial care, as well as education and economic assistance, according to the organization's website.

International Rescue Committee
International Rescue Committee is collecting financial donations that will go toward supporting resources and aid to displaced families. The organization specializes in helping refugees around the world who have been forced from their homes. They target communities where people lack vital resources for resettlement and recovery from crises.

Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders is an organization that provides medical care during humanitarian crises, still has workers in Ukraine despite the ongoing conflict. Donations to DWB will fund these services as well as mass casualty kits, emergency medicine and preparedness training for local hospitals and more.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is the refugee agency for the United Nations, is accepting donations to provide health care, legal assistance and on-the-ground supply support to refugees from Ukraine.

UNICEF
Children are the least responsible for armed conflict in Ukraine, but they suffer most from its consequences. Help UNICEF ensure that Ukraine's children have access to safe water, nutrition, health care, education and protection. Less than 3% of funds go to administrative costs.

World Food Program USA
WFP has launched an emergency operation to provide food assistance for desperate people fleeing the conflict and is on standby to assist refugees. Our teams are on the ground in Kyiv and in a number of the neighboring countries, leading the emergency telecommunications and logistics projects on behalf of the entire United Nations. Help us reach vulnerable people as quickly as possible.

Amnesty International
Amnesty accepts no funding from governments or corporations for our research and campaigns. Donations will help end human rights abuses of asylum-seekers, refugees, peaceful protesters, and people on the frontlines of the world's most pressing crises. The organization has drawn up a petition urging the Russian government to stop its war on Ukraine, and stop attacking civilians.

Airbnb
The online rental company Airbnb announced that it will offer free, short-term housing to up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine via its nonprofit initiative Airbnb.org.

Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
The Federation is committed to being a part of the global Jewish response to this crisis by raising and sending funds to support the Jewish community in Ukraine.

HOW TO TALK TO KIDS ABOUT UKRAINE

FOR ALL AGES:

Helping Your Students Cope With a Violent World
(Edutopia) Help children make sense with historical perspective, feel empowered and inspire them to feel hopeful.

How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime, and War
(Common Sense Media) Tips and conversation starters to help you talk to kids of different ages about the toughest topics.

Talking to Your Kids About War
(Very Well Family) Explore ways families can speak with young people about war, including tips on sharing information and restricting media coverage.

How to Talk with Children About the Conflict in Ukraine

(Save the Children) How and when to talk about war and violence with our kids.

How Young People Perceive and Are Impacted by the News
(Common Sense Media) Learn about a Toolkit for Parents and Educators.

FOR ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

Resilience in a time of war: Tips for parents and teachers of elementary school children
(American Psychological Association) Help adults guide their young children beyond fear and to resilience.

Resilience in a time of war: Tips for parents and teachers of middle school children
(American Psychological Association) Tips and strategies for parents and teachers of middle school-aged children.

Trauma-Informed Resources for School Systems
(National Child Traumatic Stress Network) Resources that can be filtered by topic or keyword and by audience with a focus on how adults can identify traumatic responses in young people and how to support them.
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