Crisis in Ukraine – Information & Ways to Help

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On February 24, 2022, Ukraine was attacked and invaded by Russia, resulting in millions of Ukrainians fleeing the country for safety, and millions more at risk of harm in Ukraine from the ongoing attacks. As Ukrainians seek refuge in Ukraine and neighboring countries, humanitarian efforts are underway to provide essentials such as medical supplies, hygiene items, food, water, and health services. This is a complex, developing situation, and the needs in Ukraine and neighboring countries will continue to evolve and change.

BASIC NEEDS PROGRAMS AND SERVICES AVAILABLE

Families arriving in Connecticut from Ukraine can find assistance at the following refugee and immigrant organizations and also by accessing the 2-1-1 database for basic needs, such as food and clothing services, found statewide. If housing is needed, then dial 211 for assistance.

Find available services at the following:

CONNECTICUT REFUGEE & IMMIGRANT ORGANIZATIONS ASSISTING WITH SERVICES:

Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) is a non-profit agency which helps refugees and immigrants by providing support, which includes housing, employment, health, legal, educational and case management services, during their transition to life in Connecticut.  Click here for more information on services:  IRIS Website

Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI) is a non-profit agency which provides effective advocacy for immigrants and refugees, by providing legal, economic, linguistic, and social services to immigrants and refugees, during their transition to life in Connecticut.  Click here for more information on services: CIRI Website

For additional legal assistance with navigating services, search the 2-1-1 website for a legal service organization that may be able to assist.  Put in a city/town or zip code in the “location box”, at the following link, to find a site providing: Immigration/Naturalization Legal Services

 

HOW TO HELP 

Individuals, regardless of where they reside, can help those affected by the crisis in Ukraine. Financial donations are preferred at this time.

Make a Donation

Important information about charitable giving: The Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers tips to donors on avoiding scammers and donating money to legitimate disaster relief organizations.  Visit https://give.org/news/wise-giving-wednesday-tips-on-donations-to-assist-ukraine-relief-effortsfor more information.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & RESOURCES

State.gov information for U.S. citizens in Ukraine: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/information-for-us-citizens-in-Ukraine.html

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SOURCES: American Red Cross, UNICEF, state.gov, UN Refugee Agency; Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS); Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI)
PREPARED BY: 211/lr
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: April2022