Responding to the Humanitarian Crisis In Ukraine
Parishioners have asked about established, reputable, and effective organizations who are delivering immediate relief in the places where the our brothers and sisters who are fleeing the war in Ukraine are being served. Indeed, there are many reputable organizations helping with the immediate and ongoing refugee crisis caused by the Russian government’s attack on Ukraine.
The three Catholic organizations listed here have longstanding partnerships with local nonprofit organizations (also known as non-governmental organizations or NGOs) in the countries where they operate. If you are moved to give online, here are links that may be helpful.
1. Catholic Relief Services https://www.crs.org/
2. Jesuit Refugee Services You can learn more here: https://www.jesuits.global/2022/03/18/ukraine-emergency-the-jesuits-commitment-goes-on/ And this link will take you to more specific information to donate online: https://www.jrsusa.org/crisis-in-ukraine/
3. Pope Francis’ Pontifical Mission Societies The Pope’s mission work with people who are living in poverty, marginalized, or otherwise excluded are included on this website with a specific fund for Ukraine found here: https://www.missio.org/project/20899/In-Solidarity-With-Ukraine-?localization=EN
If you’re unsure about the legitimacy of an organization or donation request, take your time with your decision. You can look information on their website, search for their recent annual reports describing their work and how their funds are used. Talk to friends or family members to see if anyone has experience with the organization as a donor or volunteer. Never give your credit card number or other banking information to anyone who calls soliciting a donation. It’s wonderful to be generous, and important to protect your personal information.