Ways to support Ukraine

By Samuel Rodriguez

March 7, 2022

BizDiversity stands in support of our Ukrainian community throughout the nation and Ukraine.

Below are organizations to help support the Ukraine community.

Here are a few Washington state organizations working to support the Ukrainian people, and how you can help:

  • Refugee Response, Lutheran Community Services Northwest
    Lutheran Community Services Northwest started in 1921 in Tacoma, and now “partners with individuals, families and communities for health, justice and hope” across Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
  • The Ukraine Association of Washington State
    The Ukraine Association of Washington State was founded in 1971 and “works to preserve Ukrainian heritage and is the link that unites our Ukrainian-American people. The Association is active in organizing the various cultural and artistic activities as well as patriotic gatherings,” according to the association’s website. The association asks for support in multiple ways, such as donations and volunteering, as well as partnerships and sponsorships. The Ukraine Association of Washington State can be contacted by phone at (206) 412-8485 or by email at uaofws@gmail.com.
  • World Relief Seattle
    World Relief Seattle was started in 1979 and works to welcome refugees into Western Washington communities. They offer services such as refugee and asylum seeker resettlement, education, children and youth support, immigration legal services, employment and economic services and more, with a mission to “be a sustainable and holistic center of compassion and practical support by offering a suite of services to meet community needs and build welcoming communities,” their website states.

The website also notes that they partner with local clergy and “hundreds of individual volunteers” that help families newly arrived to the United States. They work in partnership with the                    U.S.  Department of State to secure housing, supply basic necessities, enroll kids in school and more according to the website.

World Relief Seattle has many ways you can help them and support their mission, such as donating online, engaging your church to work alongside the organization, volunteering, and                         donating goods such as household items, bicycles, your used car, or finding more items on their Amazon Wishlist to meet the needs of those seeking help.

World Relief Seattle has two offices in King County and Whatcom County.

    • The King County office is located at 23835 Pacific Hwy S, Suite 100 in Kent, WA, which can be contacted by calling (253) 277-1121
    • The Whatcom County office is located at 1530 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham, WA 98225, which can be reached by calling (360) 592-3136.
  • Ukrainian Community Center of Washington
    The Ukrainian Community Center of Washington was started in 1992 with the mission to “promote community empowerment, leadership essay editor development, self-reliance and health promotion for the greater refugee/immigrant community in the State of Washington,” according to the center’s website.

The center offers immigration services, social services and behavioral health services for those seeking help. The center not only hopes to help educate Ukrainian refugees and make their
transition into America easy, but they hope to help build the characters of those seeking refuge to shape better lives for themselves:

“Our purpose is not only to assist and educate the Ukrainian/Russian community but to provide them with a sense of unity and well-being, and by doing so we help them avoid negative influences such as drugs, alcohol, and gang-related activities,” their website states. You can support the Ukrainian Community Center of Washington by donating.

As a community serving small and mid-sized businesses, we encourage support for Ukrainian businesses in Washington state and nationa-wide.

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