Supporting Displaced Ukrainians

HOW TO HELP:
At this time, Operation USA is focusing Phase I relief efforts on making emergency cash grants to partners aiding refugees. The best way to support these efforts is with a cash donation at give.opusa.org.

Operation USA is also working with corporate partners who can provide appropriate material aid in bulk, to be shipped to on the ground partners in Phase II. We advise against collection efforts as they are not an efficient way to provide aid at this time, especially given lack of coordinated infrastructure on the ground and logistical challenges getting shipments into Eastern Europe. Operation USA has to pre-vet donated items and ensure there is a receiving partner who can put them to use where needed, so we are unfortunately unable to accept assorted items from collections. If you are interested in a bulk, corporate donation, please email info@opusa.org.

Operation USA does not deploy volunteers. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, we recommend reaching out to International Medical Corps (if you have relevant medical expertise/experience), International Rescue Committee or the International Red Cross.

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STRATEGIC RESPONSE PHASES:
The situation on the ground in Eastern Europe continues to develop rapidly. OpUSA staff are in touch with partners both in the U.S. and overseas and are following news from the area closely. We will continue to adapt as the situation changes. Your donations help us remain agile.

PHASE I (Urgent Response; Critical Needs): OpUSA has committed 40% of total funds raised (approx $385,000 as of July 15th) to the urgent response phase. These funds will be quickly disbursed to community-based partners directly supporting refugees at this time. Emergency grants will allow these partners to increase capacity, meet additional needs and provide necessary support to displaced Ukrainians.

PHASE II (3-6 Months+; Immediate Recovery): OpUSA has committed an additional 40% of total funds raised to the immediate recovery phase. These funds will enable OpUSA to send shipments of vital material aid and recovery supplies to partners on the ground helping refugees. This process is made possible by corporate partners who can donate relevant supplies new and in-bulk, as well as cash donations from the public which cover transportation costs. This process is also dependent on clearing several logistical roadblocks and confirming needs as well as identifying receiving and/or distributing partners in the impacted areas. As such, “immediate” recovery will likely take 3-6 months to ramp up.

PHASE III (Long-Term; Ongoing Recovery): Operation USA will allocate the remaining 20% of funds raised to long term recovery support in the countries surrounding Ukraine. We sadly anticipate this crisis to last several years. By strategically allocating funds to this phase, we are ensuring that OpUSA maintains the capacity to provide support to the most overlooked and under-served partners on the ground with grants, supplies and additional long-term initiatives such as health and education programs.


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UPDATES:

July 15, 2022–This week, Operation USA made two additional $50,000 grants to People in Need and Help Age in continued support of displaced Ukrainians. We are so pleased to again support these worthy partners.

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June 24, 2022–This week, Operation USA made another $50,000 grant to Brook of Hope in support of re-entry and resettlement assistance for displaced Ukrainians. Brook of Hope has provided critical support to Ukrainians throughout the ongoing conflict, and we are proud to continue supporting this worthy partner. Your donations make this work possible. Thank you.

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May 3, 2022–This week, Operation USA made two additional emergency grants to partners aiding refugees on the ground in Eastern Europe. We are pleased to send another $50,000 to Brook of Hope in support of moving supplies into and shuttling refugees out of Ukraine; as well as $50,000 to People in Need, which is helping as many 200,000 people with emergency food, water and other supplies. We are so proud to support these worthy partners. Your donations make this work possible. Thank you.

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April 5, 2022–Operation USA is pleased to have made two additional emergency grants to community-based partners in support of Ukrainian relief.

This week, OpUSA sent a $25,000 grant to HelpAge USA, which has worked in Ukraine since 2014, and has 200 staff in the area. HelpAge USA is now providing support to as 5,000 older people–who are particularly vulnerable–in the east of the country via food, medicine and health and hygiene supplies.

We have also sent a $50,000 grant to Nova Ukraine, which is providing extensive support to Ukrainians through a variety of efforts. This funding will support Nova Ukraine’s activities directing evacuation requests from citizens in the most-affected cities; building a network of volunteers in Ukraine, Europe and the U.S.; providing assistance via email and a dedicated hotline to affected civilians needing help; helping to secure legal assistance for refugees when they arrive in the U.S.; and, funding local Ukrainian partners and organizations who are able to deliver immediate assistance to those in need.

We thank all generous donors who have made our emergency grantmaking efforts possible. Please visit give.opusa.org to help now.

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March 29, 2022–This week, Operation USA sent a $50,000 grant to Brook of Hope to aid ongoing Ukrainian relief efforts. Brook of Hope has been working in Ukraine since 2017, and at this time is focused on supplying partners within Ukraine with vital equipment while also helping to evacuate vulnerable Ukrainians. This grant, made possible by our generous supporters, will enable Brook of Hope to supply and fund humanitarian convoys–delivering food and medical supplies, equipping under-supplied hospitals and shuttling refugees out of attacked cities. We’re so proud to support such a worthy group.

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March 27, 2022–Operation USA thanks partners at White Pony Express, a Northern California-based relief group, for their commitment to aiding Ukrainian relief efforts. The organization gathered medical supplies, assembled medical kits and delivered those items to our warehouse in the Port of LA to be forwarded to partners heading to Eastern Europe. This week, we will hand off some of the medical supplies provided by WPE to a team of doctors in Los Angeles who will hand carry the items into Poland in order to provide health care support at the border. We’re so grateful for our partners who have made this relief effort possible.

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March 16, 2022–Operation USA is grateful to media workers like Tom Remp who are dedicated to shining a spotlight on the refugee crisis at Poland’s borders in real time and helping small organizations like OpUSA inform the public by making images freely available for use. See some of Tom’s recent photos from the border here.

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March 7, 2022–This week, Operation USA delivered a $10,000 emergency grant to Razom in support of ongoing relief activities. The organization is called “Razom” because it means “together” in Ukrainian, and serves as a constant reminder of the community that it takes to create, build and do, to stay the path towards a more prosperous and democratic Ukraine. We are so pleased to support this worthy group during this time of great need. Your donations make this work possible. Thank you.

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March 2, 2022–The situation in Ukraine and its neighboring countries continues to develop rapidly. At this time, Operation USA is working diligently to identify all opportunities to provide aid. We are communicating with corporate and transportation partners located in the U.S. to assess the feasibility of international material aid shipments–which, if confirmed, will target priority supplies to partners on the ground in Poland helping Ukrainian refugees who have entered the country. OpUSA is also assessing opportunities to facilitate shipments of in-kind aid from corporate partners in Europe directly to frontline partners. Additionally, OpUSA is also working diligently to distribute emergency cash grants to community-based organizations supporting displaced Ukrainian families. Our ability to make cash grants (the most effective type of aid at this time!) is directly dependent on the generosity of our donors. We thank you for your continued support. Please donate now at give.opusa.org.

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February 26, 2022–Operation USA is in touch with the Association of Community Foundations in Poland, and is assessing any/all opportunities to provide aid to Ukrainian refugees entering and/or passing through the country. In addition to bulk shipments of material aid, we also hope–as funds allow–to make cash grants and provide additional support to small but effective community-based partners aiding vulnerable families. Donations from supporters are critical at this time. Please visit give.opusa.org to get involved now.

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February 24, 2022–Yesterday, Russian military forces invaded Ukraine, launching attacks on cities across the nation. Though many Ukrainians were sheltering in place, warfare and resulting damage to cities will likely drive many to flee. An estimated 100,000 Ukrainians have already been internally displaced in the country, and experts predict an immediate refugee crisis with anywhere from one to five million Ukrainian refugees likely to flood into nearby countries.

As a wide variety of aid organizations across Eastern Europe prepare to receive and aid refugees arriving from Ukraine, the need for material support is critical in order to provide those displaced by war with basic necessities, clothing, food and water, shelter materials and other vital supplies. Operation USA is currently mobilizing alongside American aid groups and calling on partners in Poland–where a massive influx of refugees are expected to arrive–to facilitate the delivery of much-needed material aid to refugee camps. Our ability to do this work and help vulnerable Ukrainians is dependent on the generosity of our donors. Please consider a gift to this effort today at give.opusa.org.

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February 23, 2022–Operation USA is monitoring the developing situation in Ukraine and is preparing aid to partners in Poland in anticipation of a potential refugee crisis.

Should military tensions/actions escalate, we expect Polish cities such as Lublin to receive an influx of Ukrainian refugees who are fleeing the violence. Having previously worked in Poland during the early 1980s, and with close ties to partners across sectors, OpUSA is poised to help facilitate the delivery of material aid to partners supporting refugees there. As such, we are prudently preparing for all possibilities and planning to deploy aid quickly and efficiently should it become necessary.

Your donations at this time make our work possible. Please consider a gift today at give.opusa.org.