For almost 90 years, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has been responding to the world’s worst humanitarian crises. When a new crisis strikes, the IRC’s emergency team swiftly activates to determine the most effective way to reach people in need.
In response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine, The IRC offices in Europe quickly mobilized in neighboring Poland, where they are working with partners to assist arriving refugees. Huge numbers of people continue to arrive at Ukraine’s borders with Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, and Moldova with only what they can carry. Urgent needs include food, water, emergency shelter, health care, and sanitation facilities, and protection and trauma counseling.
They are also working with partners inside Ukraine, supporting the evacuation of women and children and providing emergency aid to people who had to flee their homes. The IRC is helping people who are still in Ukraine to register as displaced as well as ensuring they have groceries, blankets, warm clothes, and stoves that work where power has been cut off and sometimes providing cash so people can purchase what they need the most.
IRC Missoula, while far away from Ukraine, stands in solidarity with those who have been uprooted from their homes in Ukraine. Although we may not see Ukrainian refugees in our community in the near future, you can still help those seeking safety now. The best way to support the IRC’s work in the global arena is to donate. Donating will help the IRC continue to support local organizations and to make sure people traveling to Poland and those still inside Ukraine have access to urgently needed humanitarian assistance.
You can also still give locally to support the refugees that come to Missoula to rebuild their lives by donating HERE.