The Rotary Foundation and Rotarians around the world are stepping up to help citizens in Ukraine who are the victims of a war and the resulting humanitarian crisis. Below are several Rotary-initiated opportunities to lend assistance to those living in Ukraine.
The Rotary Foundation

From John Germ, TRF Trustee Chair, 2021-22
As one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, Rotary has made peace the cornerstone of our global mission. We are deeply concerned about the Ukraine crisis and need your help.

Rotary is made up of people of action, especially in difficult times. In response to the deepening refugee crisis, The Rotary Foundation Trustees have decided to prioritize contributions made to the Disaster Response Fund until 30 April 2022 to support disaster response grants for districts affected by these events. These expedited disaster response grants can be used to supply water, food, medicine, shelter, and clothing.

Half a million people have fled Ukraine and are in dire need of emergency aid. The United Nations estimates that number of refugees could grow to as many as 5 million people displaced. Rotary clubs in Europe and around the world have stepped up their relief work, some working on the ground to help displaced families.

With your donation to our Disaster Response Fund, we can support communities and help rebuild lives during this tragic time.  Click HERE to donate now.
Now through 30 June 2022, designated Rotary districts that border Ukraine and the Rotary district in Ukraine may apply for grants of up to $50,000 each from the Disaster Response Fund. These expedited disaster response grants can be used to provide relief to refugees or other victims of the crisis including items such as water, food, shelter, medicine and clothing.
During this same period, other impacted Rotary districts that wish to offer support to refugees or other victims of the crisis in their district can apply for $25,000 grants from the Disaster Response Fund.
Now through 30 April 2022, Rotary districts can transfer unallocated District Designated Funds (DDF) to support the Disaster Response Fund, directly supporting these Ukraine-specific humanitarian grants.
Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund in support of Ukraine can be made here. All funds need to be received into the Disaster Response Fund by 30 April 2022 in order to qualify for use in support of the Ukrainian relief efforts.
Although the Disaster Response Fund will be the main avenue for Rotary Foundation support, Rotary and Rotaract clubs are also encouraged to create their own responses to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
Shelter Box
By Gene Medina, Pantano Rotary Club (Arizona)
Pantano Rotary in Tucson is implementing efforts to direct donations to Shelter Box USA ( to assist refugees from Ukraine to survive during this horrific and tragic times. The need is huge.
As most of you have seen, mothers and their children arriving at the Polish and other national borders with little more than the clothes on their backs.  As you would expect, there is a tremendous need for shelter and food. There is help needed NOW. Shelter Box is one avenue.
Shelter Box is a Rotary supported program that provide shelter.
There are at least TWO ways to donate:
1. Directly to Shelter Box: Simply go to the website above, click on the banner at the top
Ukraine Crisis-Appeal- Send Aid Now.
It will take you to the donation page and you can make your choice of donation. ($20 and beyond). As you complete the donation sheet, you can note our Rotary Club, Pantano Rotary, and our Rotary district, 5500 if you choose.
2. You can mail a check to Pantano Rotary Club Foundation, P.O. Box 1517 N. Wilmot Road, No. 276, Tucson, AZ 85712.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross has opened an International Designation: Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis. Rotary District 5170 has set up a microsite so members can give a financial gift to support the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis. Click here.
The Ukraine Red Cross is leading humanitarian response efforts in Ukraine and are being supported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Our funds raised will support the global Red Cross movement response to provide humanitarian relief to people affected by the crisis in Ukraine. 
Rotary Club in Poland supporting Ukraine refugees
The Rotary Club of Sopot International is accepting donations to directly help refugee families escaping the conflict in Ukraine. According to Club President Julian Gilbert:
"We are providing accommodation, food and health products for Ukrainian families with children who have had to leave their homes to find safe haven in Poland. We are hosting families privately and are providing all the help they will need during this traumatic time, especially for young children."
For information and to donate, visit: