The unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by the Russian government has led to global impacts. According to the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Center for International Disaster Information, there are over 500,000 refugees and more than 6.7 million people who have been displaced by the conflict. The impact is both personal and systemic. From the rise of cyber threats to global supply chain issues and inflation – towns and cities across the globe have felt the aftershock.
Citizens across Connecticut see the unfolding tragedy and want to help the people of Ukraine. The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) and the National League of Cities (NLC) have partnered to provide a mechanism to make donations to assist with humanitarian efforts and help bring about an end to the conflict.
1. Advocate for an End to the Crisis, and for Support of Ukrainian Cities
CCM and NLC believe strongly in the power of local elected officials to influence and lead their communities and the Country. As you would on any issue, you may choose to make your voices heard regarding the importance of standing up for local democracies across the world. This may mean passing a local resolution, hosting an event, or speaking to your Congressional or state leadership about the issue.
2. Reach Out to Your Local Ukrainian Community
Some Connecticut towns and cities have a sizeable and active Ukrainian community. As local leaders, outreach to this group of people during such a difficult time could be a good step toward building a stronger civic network. There may also be direct opportunities to support Ukrainian organizations in your community who are assisting with direct humanitarian support.
3. Encourage Contributions to the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund at the United Nations
The United Nations and global and local humanitarian partners are committed to delivering direct assistance to the people of Ukraine, and you can support that work directly. While cash donations are strongly preferred, the United Nations can coordinate the donations of in-kind goods and services.
For more information, towns and cities should contact Karen Smith, with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) private sector engagement advisor.
CCM recently developed this resource document on Ways Your Municipality Can Prepare for Refugees.