The physical distance between Chicago and Kyiv may stretch 5,000 miles, but the Windy City and the Ukrainian people are a whole lot more closely connected than that.
Located on Chicago’s Near West Side, the vibrant Ukrainian Village neighborhood is home is one of the largest concentrations of ethnic Ukrainians in the United States, and filled with churches, restaurants, businesses, and museums.
To support our Ukrainian Village neighbors’ family and friends currently under attack from Russian forces back home in Ukraine, Plan B is making a donation to a humanitarian organization providing assistance during this crisis. If you’d like to do the same, we’ve also compiled a list of 5 nonprofit charities that you can consider supporting to help the people of Ukraine:
People in Need
In the first phase of its support, this Czech Republic-based organization is delivering humanitarian aid and basic-need items to more than 200,000 people on the ground in Ukraine, according to its website.
To learn more and make a donation, visit the People in Need website.
Ukrainian National Women’s League of America
The UNWLA is raising funds to assist civilians inside Ukraine who have been displaced or injured, as well to support military hospitals in the cities of Kyiv, Dnipro, Lviv, and Zhytomyr.
To learn more and make a donation, visit the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America website.
International Committee of Red Cross
The International Committee of the Red Cross has had a presence in eastern Ukraine since Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and in the face of this latest Russian aggression has vowed to continue its support for the “at-risk families in the region,” according to its website.
To learn more and make a donation, visit the International Committee of Red Cross website.
United Help Ukraine
This Maryland-based nonprofit is focused on raising awareness in the United States about the war in Ukraine and raising funds to support Ukrainian refugees and the families of those in the country who have been wounded or killed in the conflict.
To learn more and make a donation, visit the United Help Ukraine website.
Airbnb has announced that Airbnb.org will offer free, short-term housing to up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine.
To learn more or even offer your own home for a stay, visit the Airbnb website.