in Southeast Michigan
Do you have goods to donate, logistics contacts and experience, contacts in Poland and/or Ukraine, or other ways to help the effort?
Please let us know which skills and resources you can contribute, and if there are any specific areas you would like to volunteer in. We have working groups that focus on refugee resettlement, government advocacy, media relations, humanitarian supplies, medical supplies, relations with other ethnic communities, and more.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Contact the politicians that represent you and donate to help cover the costs of humanitarian aid.
CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS
Contact your elected representatives in Washington, leaving a short, respectful message that you believe Ukraine's peace is important to U.S. interests.
Find your US Representative here, then write, call, and text their offices.
If you're a Michigan resident, call our Senators Gary Peters (202-224-6221 or 313-226-6020) and Senator Debbie Stabenow (202-224-4822).
CONTACT THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH
Write, text, call, fax, or send a carrier pigeon to the State Department (here).
What to say: A short, respectful message that emphatically supports America’s interest in a Ukraine that is whole, free, and at peace.
Call the White House switchboard at 202-456-1414 or the comments line at 202-456-1111 during business hours.
Nope, we’re not kidding — this is important because they regularly produce summaries of what kinds of comments they received.
REPORT SOCIAL MEDIA MISINFORMATION
We live in an era in which information is spread at record speeds, which also lends itself to the creation and sharing of misinformation and dangerous propaganda.
If you see suspicious or false content, please report it to the social media outlet. Stay vigilant! Spread the word!
EDUCATE OTHERS ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT UKRAINE'S PEACE IS TO GLOBAL STABILITY
According to CSIS, “For the 14 countries where Ukrainian wheat is an essential import, almost half already suffer from severe food insecurity.” And Foreign Policy warns, “beware of food price spikes and revolutions if Ukrainian grain deliveries are disrupted.”
“Lebanon imports 50 percent of its total wheat consumption from Ukraine, followed by Libya at 43 percent, Yemen at 22 percent, and Bangladesh at 21 percent.” Read more from CSIS.
Ukraine has 20% of the world’s graphite, and if you think batteries are important to your lifestyle, you should think that Ukraine’s stability is, too.
PUSH BACK AGAINST EXPANSIONISM EVERYWHERE
Russia and China only respond to strength. If the U.S. does not support Ukraine, both Russia and China will feel like they have a blank check to pursue their expansionist foreign policy.
As a New York Times headline this week declares, “Both Sides of Taiwan Strait Are Closely Watching Ukraine’s Crisis."
UNDERSTAND UKRAINE'S SIZE
Ukraine is the largest country in Europe by size, excluding Russia. Ukraine's 603,550 sq. km. are actually 10% larger than France.
Options for those able to help on the ground in Ukraine and Poland