The Ukrainian Refugee Crisis: Ways to Help

We are committed to standing with our Ukrainian neighbors here and around the world.

On Thursday, March 24th, President Biden announced that the U.S. will welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians and other displaced people fleeing the war in Ukraine.

It is unknown at this time how many Ukrainians will be resettled in Pittsburgh or when they will arrive, but Hello Neighbor is working closely with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to receive updates and prepare to respond to the crisis at hand.

While the U.S. has not begun receiving Ukrainian refugees, Hello Neighbor is ready to support these new neighbors when they arrive.

“Here at Hello Neighbor, we know that welcoming starts at home. The Biden administration’s decision to welcome 100,000 Ukrainians is an important step to recognize the role the United States has to provide refuge to those escaping war and conflict around the world. While the details are still unfolding, we will continue to prepare to welcome Ukrainians and to provide support to those already here who are worried about their families and loved ones. We are grateful for the supportive Hello Neighbor community who gives us the opportunity to be a welcoming place for our newest neighbors.”
- Sloane Davidson, Founder and CEO of Hello Neighbor

What We Are Doing Now

As we prepare to welcome these new arrivals, it is imperative that we focus on capacity building through strengthening our current infrastructure and supporting families currently within our resettlement program. By helping those currently resettling reach a place of stability, we can build capacity to support more new arrivals.

Additionally, we remain committed to standing beside the Ukrainians in our community who fear for the future of their family, friends and country, offering support and connections to resources.

Our work of creating a safe and welcoming place for refugees and immigrants has never been more important - for those in Pittsburgh, those arriving, and those to come.

How Can You Help?

We have compiled a list of resources and organizations below working to respond to the current crisis in Ukraine.

Resources for Refugees & Asylum Seekers


The Red Cross is helping with family reunification for those separated in Ukraine

UNHCR provides resources and information for Ukrainian refugees and asylum seekers


Local Support


St. Peter and St. Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church and Nataliya European Food Market are collecting non-perishable food items and medical supplies for Ukraine. Suggested items include dry cereal, protein bars, water purifying tabs, small peanut butter containers, small canned items with pop tops, and first aid supplies. Contact Fr. John Charest at frjohn.charest@aol.com to learn more.

Rankin Croatian Home is collecting items to send to Poland for the Ukrainian refugees. Items needed include basic hygiene products, phone chargers, paper products, tea and coffee, diapers, blankets, rain coats, and dry pet food. Items can be dropped off in one of the collection boxes at the club or you can make a cash donation to help pay for shipping. Contact rankincrohome@yahoo.com to learn more.

St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church is collecting donations for the Ukrainian army and civilians. Suggested items to donate include medical supplies (like pain relievers, first aid tourniquets, hemostatic bandages, bandage rolls, patches), cereals, iron mugs, headlamps, dark hats, thermal underwear, socks, dark gloves, cots, and large lanterns. Drop off items at the church on Saturdays from 4-7 pm and Sundays from 8am-12pm. To learn more, contact Lesya Jurgovsky at Jlesya@yahoo.com

Global Links is collecting donations to provide medical assistance in Ukraine.

Ukrainian Technological Society of Pittsburgh is collecting donations for the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee, Inc., Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Philadelphia, and Revived Soldiers Ukraine.


International Support


Ukraine Take Shelter is working to provide emergency housing for Ukrainian refugees

UNICEF is providing health, nutrition, and sanitation resources to children and families caught in the conflict in Ukraine.

Voices of Children is a Ukrainian organization providing psychological and psychosocial support to children affected by the armed conflict.

International Committee of the Red Cross is working alongside the Ukrainian Red Cross to support those affected by the conflict

UNHCR is providing emergency assistance to families in Ukraine

CARE is providing immediate aid including food, water, hygiene kits, support services and direct cash assistance.

International Medical Corps is providing health care and mental health services to those affected by the conflict in Ukraine.