Supporting Ukrainian Communities

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The City of Portland's Slavic Empowerment Team, an employee affinity group, has developed a list of resources to support Ukrainian Americans and Ukrainians abroad. 

Oregon's Slavic and Eastern European Community 

Portland State University researchers estimate that about 22,000 people from Slavic countries lived in Multnomah County in 2011, and around 9,000 people were born in Ukraine. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 20,000 Oregonians report having Ukrainian ancestry and over 25,000 Oregon residents report speaking Russian, Ukrainian, or another Slavic language at home. Oregon is also the state with the third highest percentage of its population that speak Ukrainian at home. 

Find Community & Support Locally

Ukrainian-American Cultural Association of OR & SW WA

Website: (10) Ukrainian-American Cultural Association of OR & SW WA | Facebook

Ukrainians in Oregon 

Website: (13) Український Орегон / Ukrainians in Oregon | Facebook

Supporting the Ukrainian Community   

The Coalition of Communities of Color is providing resources for community members looking to respond to Ukraine inquiries. 

Website: Supporting our Ukrainian Community — Coalition of Communities of Color (coalitioncommunitiescolor.org)

IRCO Slavic and Eastern European Center

IRCO's Slavic and Eastern European Center (SEEC) celebrates, unites, and engages Oregon's diverse Slavic and Eastern European community.

Website: Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization - Slavic and Eastern European Center (irco.org)

Supporting the Ukrainian American Jewish Community

Website: Ukraine Crisis | Jewish Federation of Greater Portland (jewishportland.org)

Medical Teams International works to Support Ukraine  

Medical Teams International, a faith-based organization in Tigard, is raising funds to send medical supplies to Ukraine.  

Website: Medical Teams International | Faith-Based International Medical Relief

Open Your Home to Ukrainian Refugees via Airbnb

Airbnb.org will offer free, short-term housing to up to 100,000 refugees fleeing from Ukraine. For those interested in opening their homes to support the company's effort, go to: Airbnb.org - Host people fleeing Ukraine

City of Portland’s Resource Guide for Immigrants & Refugees

The City of Portland believes that immigrant and refugee communities keep Portland, and the country, culturally vibrant, innovative, prosperous, and more interesting. This brochure is one way to ensure immigrant and refugee communities feel welcomed and have the information needed to ease their transition into Portland. The Office of Community & Civic Life has many resources for immigrants and refugees and their families. You can visit the Immigrant & Refugee Program website for more information.

Civic Life’s Welcome to Portland brochure is filled with resources and information on:

  • Resettlement and legal services
  • Job training
  • Mental health services
  • Education assistance

Download PDF file Welcome Week Brochure-English (7.71 Mb)

Місто Портленд вважає, що громади іммігрантів та біженців допомагають Портленду та країні бути культурно-колоритними, інноваційними, процвітаючими та цікавими.

Цей довідник – це один із способів, в який Управління з питань спільнот і громадської активності (Office of Community & Civic Life) працює над тим, щоб громади іммігрантів та біженців відчували гостинність та мали необхідну інформацію для полегшення переїзду до Портленду.

Download PDF file Welcome Week Brochure in Ukrainian (12.05 Mb)

Someone Is Here To Help!

The City of Portland’s 311 program works to improve access to information and services by providing a single point of contact – in person, online or over the phone. Staff are fluent in English and Spanish, and have resources to assist community members in additional languages. The 311 Program’s mission is to simplify community member access to local government programs and services.

To reach 311:

  • Email CityInfo@PortlandOregon.gov
  • Call “3-1-1” within Multnomah County limits or call 503-823-4000 when outside Multnomah County limits.
  • Visit in-person at the Portland Building’s Customer Service Desk at 1120 Southwest Fifth Avenue (currently closed due to the COVID-19 emergency). 
  • In-person and over the phone services are available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding federal holidays.

Additional Mental Health Services

Website: Slavic Oregon Social Services • Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (emoregon.org)

Support for City of Portland Employees

If you work for the City of Portland and are impacted by the conflict in Ukraine, please check these list of resources provided by the Slavic Empowerment Team: 

Website: Canopy | Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Resources (canopywell.com)Guidance Resources (portlandoregon.gov)

Finding Help in Ukraine

U.S. Embassy in Ukraine

Aviakonstructor Igor Sikorsky St, 4, Kyiv, Ukraine, 04112

Phone: +380 44 521 5000

Website: ua.usembassy.gov/uk

Power Outage

Ukraine Energy

Phone: +380 44 224 8133

Website: uanergy.com

Road Conditions

For travel information and roadway conditions, including road and bridge closures, toll suspensions, and major evacuations routes. 

Website: ukraine-kiev-tour.com/driving-roads-conditions.html; viamichelin.com/web/Traffic/Traffic_info-Ukraine

United Nations in Ukraine

Phone: +380 44 253 9363

Website: ukraine.un.org/en

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Ukraine

Phone: +380 44 253 3412

Resources

Romania Embassy

Phone: +380 44 500 9932; +380 44 500 9934; +380 44 500 9935

Website: kiev.mae.ro

Polish Consulate

Phone: +380 44 284 0033

Website: gov.pl/web/ukraina-uk

If you are a refugee from another country living in Ukraine

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency created the website UNHCR Ukraine - Help for refugees and asylum-seekers (help.unhcr.org/Ukraine) for refugees and asylum seekers in Ukraine. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has established an emergency hotline for foreign students wishing to leave Ukraine. Call viber or telegram the following number:  +380 93 418 5684

Website: help.unhcr.org/ukraine

Learn more about the Conflict 

How to Support People in Ukraine

10 verified charities working to help Ukrainians amid invasion 

Global Empowerment Mission 

The Miami-based organization Global Empowerment Mission is on the ground in the tiny village of Medyka, Poland, using donations to buy refugees train and plane tickets to help them reach any family and friends they may have in Europe.

Website: globalempowermentmission.org

World Central Kitchen

For many refugees, food is an immediate need. Chef Jose Andres has sent up his World Central Kitchen on the ground at the Ukraine-Poland border providing warm meals for the hungry.

Website: wck.org

Americares

Americares has deployed an emergency response team to Krakow, Poland, to provide aid to the Ukrainian refugees in that city. According to their press release, they have been sending large-scale shipments of medicine and relief supplies to refugees and are prepared to deliver medicine, medical supplies, emergency funding and relief items to the region.

Website: americares.org

United Way Worldwide

United Way Worldwide has just launched a global relief fund for the people in Ukraine called The United for Ukraine fund. The money raised will provide refugees with food, shelter, medicine, transportation, and critical childcare supplies.

Website: secure.unitedway.org/a/unitedforukraine

World Health Organization

The WHO foundation is calling on people around the world to help them provide aid to Ukraine.

Website: ukraine.who.foundation

USA for UNHCR

USA for UNHCR works to support the UN Refugee Agency.

Website: unrefugees.org

Global Giving Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund

The Ukraine Crisis Relief fund by Global Giving aims to support affected communities in Ukraine, with a focus on the most vulnerable, including children, who need access to food, medical services, and psychosocial support.

Website: globalgiving.org/projects/ukraine-crisis-relief-fund

Save the Children

According to Save the Children, there are 7.5 million kids who are in danger of physical harm, emotional distress and displacement due to the conflict in Ukraine. Save the Children has made their own Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund to help families meet their basic needs such as food, medicine, and shelter and working to connect them with access to education and psychosocial support.

Website: savethechildren.org/us/where-we-work/ukraine 

Razom for Ukraine

Razom for Ukraine has been helping Ukrainians since the organization was first established in 2014. It aims to help Ukraine pursue a democratic society that has civil rights for all. According to its official website, the organization is named Razom for Ukraine because Razom means "together" in Ukrainian.

Website: razomforukraine.org/donate

UNICEF 

Support UNICEF's efforts to address the dual crisis of conflict and COVID-19 and protect children in Ukraine.

Website: unicef.org