🇺🇦 Help beyond donations

With 3M+ million refugees and $600M+ in infrastructure damage, the amount of help is non-absorbable. Since the first day of the war, I paused all my professional work to offer full-time help to my family, friends, and the country. I’m writing this to share some best examples of help that I came across.

Volunteering organizations

Among 20+ volunteers, we joined an orientation call to learn that there were 30+ openings for immediate help. The team of volunteers is structured to assist with healthcare, job search, childcare, and language. It took 45 minutes to get to know the team and their operation model, which is, by the way, impressive.

Most organizations we spoke with were looking for long-term help. It takes time to train new volunteers and build deep connections within refugee communities, so be willing to commit 3+ months. There are plenty of options, and as with any job search, it takes time to find the right fit. If you do have the extra 10+ hours/week, and the desire to help, take a few days to research organizations around you. I can guarantee you will find what you’re looking for, and it will be heartwarming. You can use this resource with links and references to volunteering organizations worldwide as a starting point.


This single-person-owned business made me think of how other companies are responding. That same week, my mother and I went to H&M to buy her cloth as she left with a small suitcase and didn’t have much to wear. Only after meeting that small business owner with a 0.0001% revenue of a big corporation did I start to think that businesses should do more. I’m grateful for the job that allows me to support my family. Still, millions of others are left with nothing and need businesses to quickly respond to this humanitarian problem.

My call to action to every reader — do you think your company could do more? If the answer is yes, bring this story to your next meeting. And for those in tech, I created an open-community resource with public responses by each tech company, so check that out.

Assisting refugees

During the past week, I spoke with many Ukrainians who fled the country. In all conversations, one thing was common — everyone genuinely wanted to help people back home but didn’t know where to start. There are language barriers that prevent people from integrating. There is the legality of working in a different country. There are basic needs that need to be provided first so one can think about work.

To offer long term help, I recommend exploring the following resources:



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