West Hollywood’s Meringue art installation by artist Kiduck Kim, has been lit in the colors of the Ukrainian flag to show support for the war-torn country currently under attack by Russian military forces.
“In the City of West Hollywood, our thoughts turn to the people of Ukraine and to our community members of Ukrainian descent and from former Soviet republics, many of whom are deeply concerned about family and friends in the region,” reads a statement on a resources page at weho.org, created to support the humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. “West Hollywood has a core value of respect and support for people and our city has a thriving community of residents with roots in countries that were former Soviet republics. We join with people and communities across the globe in calling for an immediate end to this aggression. There can be no justification for the human suffering that will result from the unprovoked attack of Russian military forces. War is never the answer. We stand for peace and we stand with Ukraine.”
The public artwork is located at the traffic median on Santa Monica Boulevard and Doheny Drive as part of West Hollywood’s Art on the Outside program. Meringue, by artist Kiduck Kim, will be on display until July 2022, unless it is extended.
The list of local and international organizations below offer a variety of opportunities to provide direct support to the people of Ukraine.
Airlink is a rapid-response humanitarian relief organization that connects airlines and pre-qualified nonprofits to help communities in crisis. Airlink has supported the transportation of 5 assessment and emergency response teams to Poland, Romania and Moldova, with more on their way. They are currently working with humanitarian, logistics, and airline partners to send relief supplies.
CARE (Cooperative For Assistance And Relief Everywhere)
CARE works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. CARE has launched a humanitarian appeal to support the most vulnerable Ukrainians, particularly women-headed households and the elderly. Emergency gifts support CARE’s Ukraine Crisis Fund to reach 4 million with immediate aid and recovery, food, water, hygiene kits, psychosocial support, and cash assistance — prioritizing women and girls, families, and the elderly.
- Donate online here or donate or call 1-800-521-CARE (1-800-521-2273) to donate by telephone.
- CARE is partnering with Airbnb to host 100,000 refugees from Ukraine. To host a refugee, please click here.
A Santa Barbara-based organization that works to equip health professionals in resource-poor communities to meet the challenges of caring for people in need. Direct Relief received a list from the Ukrainian Ministry of Health of needed items, such as medications and mobile medical outreach packs with CAT-style tourniquets and bandages. Direct Relief has also received information indicating a dire need for tranexamic acid, which is used to control severe bleeding by blocking the breakdown of blood clots. They recently sent a large shipment of diabetic supplies and they are offering Ukrainian partners IV fluids, antibiotics, medications for anesthesia, sutures, and cardiovascular medication.
- Donate by credit card or PayPal here or donate cryptocurrency and NFTs here.
- Volunteer opportunities are available in Santa Barbara. Please call 1-805-964-4767 or visit their website here.
Doctors without Borders
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières is an independent, global nonprofit organization providing medical aid where it’s needed most. Emergency teams have arrived at the Polish-Ukrainian border and are currently trying to get essential staff and supplies into Ukraine. They are working to set up emergency response activities and dispatching teams to Poland, Moldova, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia.
- Donate here
Global Empowerment Mission
Global Empowerment Mission (GEM) is a nonprofit organization founded as a first responder to global disasters. GEM has established a welcome center in Medyka, Poland on the Ukraine border. The Welcome Center will serve as a relocation and aid center. Ukrainian evacuees can choose a country where they have family or friends that can take them in. Donations will assist in relocating thousands of women and children throughout Europe and funds will be used for booking and paying for immediate transportation.
- Donate here
GlobalGiving is a nonprofit that supports other nonprofits by connecting them to donors. All donations to the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund will support humanitarian assistance in impacted communities in Ukraine and surrounding regions where Ukrainian refugees have fled. GlobalGiving’s nonprofit partners are providing shelter, food, clean water, psychosocial support, and economic assistance to displaced communities.
- Donate here
HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives. Originally established in 2001 to assist Jewish migrants emigrating from Ukraine to the United States, HIAS’ presence today is through a partnership with Right to Protection (R2P), an independent Ukrainian NGO based in Kyiv with offices across Ukraine.
- Make an emergency donation to help support HIAS’ Ukraine Crisis Response here.
- HIAS is partnering with Airbnb to host 100,000 refugees from Ukraine. To host a refugee, please visit: https://www.airbnb.org/help-ukraine.
Humanity & Inclusion
Humanity & Inclusion works alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations to respond to essential needs, improve living conditions, and promote dignity and fundamental rights. Humanity & Inclusion teams—including emergency response, rehabilitation and logistics specialists—are in Ukraine and surrounding countries hosting Ukrainian refugees. They plan to support the care and rehabilitation of injured people, distribute medical equipment, and provide mental health support for people experiencing psychological trauma.
- Donate by credit card, PayPal, or Google Pay here
International Committee of the Red Cross
The International Committee of the Red Cross – together with its partners in the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – remain active in Ukraine, saving and protecting the lives of victims of armed conflict and violence. ICRC water engineers and doctors aim to help more than 3 million people access clean water and improve the living conditions of those whose homes have been damaged by heavy fighting. ICRC supports people with emergency assistance, essential items, and helps families separated by the conflict reconnect.
- Donate to the ICRC here
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
IFAW is a global non-profit helping animals and people thrive together. IFAW’s Disaster Response team is currently working with partners to deliver aid to local animal shelters in Ukraine. At Shelter Pif — located in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine — evacuation is not an option for shelter staff and the over 800 dogs in their care. At the Holivka Shelter — located in Gorlovka in eastern Ukraine — staff are not allowed to cook hot food for their dogs because the fire could draw unnecessary attention to the shelter. They desperately need to buy dry food for the 300 dogs in their care. IFAW has partnered with the Poznań Zoo in Poland to provide temporary shelter and care for wildlife rescued from the conflict in Ukraine. IFAW developed a list of verified resources for civilians who are fleeing Ukraine with their pets: https://www.ifaw.org/news/resources-flee-ukraine-pets.
International Medical Corps
A Los Angeles-based organization that provides emergency relief to those struck by conflict, disaster, and disease. International Medical Corps is responding to the conflict in Ukraine by expanding access to medical and mental health services for those living in affected communities.
- Donate online here or call (424) 252-6008 to donate by telephone
International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people affected by humanitarian crises to survive, recover, and rebuild their lives. The IRC is on the ground in Poland and preparing to support displaced families. Emergency donations will help provide food, medical care, and emergency supplies to refugee families.
- Donate here
- IRC offers volunteer opportunities to work remotely and in-person. To volunteer, please visit: https://www.rescue.org/volunteer.
- IRC is partnering with Airbnb to help house 100,000 refugees. To host a refugee, please visit: https://www.airbnb.org/help-ukraine.
Mercy Corps is a global team of humanitarians working together on the front lines of today’s biggest crises to create a future of possibility, where everyone can prosper. Mercy Corps is on the ground in Ukraine, Romania, and Poland, providing funding to local organizations and working to meet the most urgent humanitarian needs in the region. They anticipate providing emergency cash assistance so people can purchase what they need most, along with additional critical support.
- To donate with credit card and PayPal, please visit here or donate by telephone by calling 1-888-747-7440.
A 501(c)3 registered non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about Ukraine in the US and throughout the world and providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine. They organize fundraisers and round table discussions dedicated to Ukraine and participate in various cultural events.
- To donate by mail, PayPal, or cryptocurrency, please click here.
- To volunteer, please visit https://novaukraine.org/volunteer/ or join the Volunteers Group on Facebook.
Operation USA (OpUSA)
OpUSA is a Los Angeles-based international disaster relief agency that helps communities overcome the effects of disasters, disease, violence, and endemic poverty. The organization is partnering with the Association of Community Foundations in Poland to provide aid to Ukrainian refugees. The organization is sending bulk shipments of material aid and provides additional support to community-based partners assisting refugees.
- Please contact [email protected] to make material donations. OpUSA maintains a 25,000 sq ft warehouse in the Port of LA where they stage and ship material aid to communities in need. A wish list of disaster-relief items can be found here.
- To donate by credit card, bank transfer, or PayPal, please visit here.
- To donate by text, type AID to 50555 to donate $10. Charges will appear on your wireless bill or be deducted from your prepaid balance.
Outright Action International
OutRight Action International is an international human rights organization dedicated to improving the lives of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. 100% of donations to OutRight’s Ukraine Fund go directly to local LGBTIQ partners in Ukraine and neighboring countries. Contributions help provide emergency assistance to LGBTIQ people who need safe shelter, food, competent medical care, transportation for those who are fleeing, and other types of humanitarian support.
Team Rubicon serves communities by mobilizing veterans to continue their service, leveraging their skills and experience to help people prepare, respond, and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises. They aim to provide the greatest impact by pairing the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions. The Team — including physicians — are currently in Poland to coordinate support as the situation continues to unfold.
- Donate through credit card, bank transfer, and cryptocurrency here
- Volunteer to serve on a veteran led team here
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
UNICEF works in the world’s toughest places to reach the most disadvantaged children and adolescents – and to protect the rights of every child, everywhere. UNICEF is ramping up efforts to meet critical needs for safe water, healthcare, education, protection, and providing supplies as close as possible to communities near the line of contact. Currently, UNICEF has 10 mobile teams operating in the east. These child protection mobile teams respond to violence, abuse, separation from family, gender-based violence, mental health, and disability cases.
- Donate here
United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
UNHCR works to protect and assist refugees everywhere. During times of displacement, UNHCR provides critical emergency assistance in the form of clean water, sanitation, healthcare; as well as shelter, blankets, household goods, and food. They also arrange transport and assistance packages for people who return home and income-generating projects for those who resettle.
- Donate here
World Central Kitchen
World Central Kitchen (WCK) is first to the frontlines providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises. WCK is serving thousands of fresh meals to Ukrainian families fleeing home and to those who remain in the country.