A Message from Mayor Dana Robin Goldman
On behalf of the Sunny Isles Beach Commission and City administration, we stand with Ukraine. Our hearts are with our residents, family members, friends and all who are in Ukraine right now surviving and fighting in this attack.
I am proud of our residents for showing their support for Ukraine, a place with many ties to our Sunny Isles Beach community. Though we may be divided in political ideologies or beliefs, we must stand united for peace and support those affected during this time.
We invite our community to aid in any way that you can. With many Ukrainian families forced to flee their home, there is much we can do to help, and not just in monetary donations. By staying informed with credible news sources, we can stop the spread of disinformation and amplify the truth. We must also show respect and kindness toward our neighbors of every nationality and not let this conflict divide us as a community.
If you are in a position to do so, we have identified a number of organizations that are providing aid and relief to the people of Ukraine, including our own Chabad in Sunny Isles Beach. In my conversation with Rabbi Kaller, he informed me he is using his network in Ukraine to provide transportation for those of all religious affiliations wishing to evacuate, along with armed security, food and medicine. Please see below for a list of organizations accepting donations for Ukraine.
How to Support Ukraine
Florida for Ukraine
Florida for Ukraine was founded by a group of patriotic, passionate young professionals with ties to Ukraine now based across Florida’s southeast. Their goal is to mobilize people in support of Ukraine, amplifying their voices in Florida, and building a visible and impactful bridge between Florida and Ukraine in terms of humanitarian aid, diplomatic support, and information resources. Florida for Ukraine is collecting monetary donations to directly support Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees.
Global Empowerment Mission
In March, the City of Sunny Isles Beach partnered with Global Empowerment Mission to collect donations to support Ukraine. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. We were able to collect enough provisions, from non-perishable foods to hygiene items and clothing, to fill nearly two SIBshuttle buses.
Monetary donations are also needed to provide displaced victims with hotel rooms and flights out of the country.
Chabad Russian Center in Sunny Isles Beach
The Chabad Russian Center in Sunny Isles Beach is collecting monetary donations to support the Ukrainian people. They will be offering support by distributing basic medical and food supplies. Chabad has a major network in Ukraine to help distribute these to the community members that need it the most.
UNICEF supports health, nutrition, HIV prevention, education, safe drinking water, sanitation and protection for children and families caught in the conflict in Ukraine.
“Heavy weapons fire along the line of contact has already damaged critical water infrastructure and education facilities in recent days,” said UNICEF Executive Director Catherine M. Russell in a statement.
UN Refugee Agency
USA for UNHCR protects refugees and empowers them with hope and opportunity.
Médecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders
MSF runs a range of activities in Ukraine working with local volunteers, organizations, health care professionals and authorities to help people travel to health care facilities and access prescribed medications.
Ukraine Humanitarian Fund
Part of the United Nations’ OCHA division, the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund raises money for those in Eastern Ukraine, which has long been the site of sustained attacks. They are taking donations via their website portal.
Support Hospitals in Ukraine
Having raised over $4 million in the last eight years, Support Hospital provides “trauma-related equipment and surgical tools,” among other needed items. They are taking donations via their website portal.
Save the Children
This group is raising money for the millions of Ukrainian children who are in grave danger of physical harm, severe emotional distress and displacement following an escalation in hostilities overnight. They provide food, blankets, and emergency shelter tools to children and their families. They are taking donations via their website portal.
International Committee of the Red Cross
A global organization assisting those in war-torn areas, the ICRC enables medical professionals and engineers to better the living conditions of Ukraine residents “as the security situation allows.” They are taking donations via their website portal.
CARE’s Ukraine Crisis Fund
A humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding in Ukraine as attacks of war put millions of lives at risk. Innocent families, women and girls, and the elderly will suffer most. CARE’s immediate crisis response aims to reach 4 million with your help.
The Kyiv Independent
One of Ukraine’s major English-language media outlets, The Kyiv Independent is a recently founded publication doing detailed reporting both on its website and its Twitter account. They are taking donations via GoFundMe.