Dr. Schilling: Supporting the People of Ukraine

Dear Chargers:

As we watch the events unfolding in Ukraine, I know many of you have personal relationships and family members that may be impacted. And we know we have students who may be suffering or impacted by the war in Europe.

I am sharing some resources and places you can donate or provide support for those in need.

I also want you to know that I have personally been reaching out to local organizations who can support our refugee communities in Orange County — which includes our Afghan and Ukrainian communities — and we are building a support network for students and families who may need our assistance.

Cypress College has always been a place that cares for others and we will continue to be there for one another and our community.

Thank you for caring,

JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D.
Cypress College


UNICEF supports health, nutrition, education, safe drinking water, sanitation and protection for children and families caught in the conflict in Ukraine.

Médecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders
MSF runs a range of activities in Ukraine working with local volunteersorganizations, health care professionals and authorities to help people travel to health care facilities and access prescribed medications.

Voices of Children
The Ukrainian organization’s Charitable Foundation helps provide psychological and psychosocial support to children affected by the armed conflict, according to its website.

Sunflower of Peace
The nonprofit organization is raising money to prepare first aid medical tactical backpacks for paramedics and doctors on the front lines.

International Committee of the Red Cross
The Switzerland-based organization is aiming to help people affected by the conflict and support the work of the Ukrainian Red Cross.

Save the Children
Save the Children, based in London, helps to deliver lifesaving aid to vulnerable children in Ukraine and around the world.

The Rotary Foundation
Rotary International’s The Rotary Foundation has prioritized donations to its Disaster Response Fund through April 30, 2022 to support disaster response grants for those affected. These can be used for supplying water, food, medicine, shelter, and clothing.

CARE is raising money for its Ukraine Crisis Fund, which will provide immediate aid including food, water, hygiene kits, support services and direct cash assistance.

The International Rescue Committee helps those impacted by humanitarian crises, including Europe and the Americas. The IRC is on the ground in Poland and working to help displaced families. You can donate here.

Razom for Ukraine
Razom for Ukraine was founded in 2014 and has since launched efforts to build a stronger democracy. Now, the nonprofit is “focused on purchasing medical supplies for critical situations like blood loss and other tactical medicine items. Razom — which means “together” in Ukrainian — posted a list of the lifesaving supplies it has already purchased and is asking for more support here.

Afghan Innovation
Afghan Innovation: this organization works to raise funds to help media professionals and students find visas to come to the US. We are currently working wiht them to bring some Afghan students to Cypress College.

Uplift Charity
Uplift Charity is an Orange County charity committed to disrupting the cycle of poverty by supporting rental assistance, eviction prevention, vocational training, and food security. They are currently working to support the Afghan refugee community here in Orange County.

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