How to help the people of Ukraine?

On this page, you can find information about the ongoing projects of Rotaract clubs in Europe supporting the people in need from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, fundraising options, information about the current situation in the neighboring countries that are on the first line, and more.

Rotary Disaster Response Grant for Ukraine

Rotaract Europe invites Rotary districts to join the Rotary Disaster Response Grant to help Ukraine.

The plan is to promote applications for the Rotary Disaster Response Grant to help Ukrainian citizens in the cold winter that is approaching fast.

The project consists of purchasing blankets with Rotary and Rotaract logos printed on them and transporting them from Riga (Latvia) to Lviv (Ukraine).
*See the design and sizes on the next page

These blankets will be sent to Lviv and will be received by Lviv International Rotary Club and Lviv International Rotaract Club in their warehouse, where they are collecting many other necessary things for helping Ukrainians. After the reception at the warehouse, the blankets will be distributed within the main regions in Ukraine by Rotarians.

Product price
We have a very competitive price per blanket with a logo – 7 euros.

The cost of transportation is not defined yet, but it is estimated to be approximately 1 000-1 500 Euros from Riga to Lviv.

We can order 3 357 blankets for the price of 23 500 Euro and transport them to Lviv for 1 500 Euro for a total of 25 000 Euro.
We invite Rotary districts from around the world to join us in this project. Together we can warm up Ukrainians who are in desperate need of heating.

Rotaract Europe aid to Ukraine – Fundraise

You can make personal or club donations via bank transfer. You can use bank service providers like PayPal, Revolut, Wise, etc. to avoid fees.

Beneficiary: Rotaract Europe ASBL – Help account

IBAN: LU30 0019 7055 1338 2000

BIC / SWIFT: BCEELULL Bank: Spuerkeess

Subject: Donation Ukraine

All the collected funds will be used for humanitarian aid to the Ukrainians in need of medical & sanitary supplies, food, clothing, shelter, first aid kits, and more depending on the weekly evaluations working together with Iryna Bushmina – Past DRR of Ukraine, Daria Shevtova – CR Ukraine, Rotary clubs and other NGOs.

Contact Person : Kārlis Bankovičs, Rotaract Europe President, email –; Daniel Lazar, Rotaract Europe Treasurer, email –

Where more can I donate?

In response to the deepening humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, The Rotary Foundation has created an official channel for donors around the world to contribute funds to support the relief efforts underway by Rotary districts and has designated its Disaster Response Fund as the main avenue for contributions.

To this end, The Rotary Foundation has approved:

  • 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.

In addition to support provided through the Disaster Response Fund, the Foundation is coordinating with partners and regional leaders, exploring effective solutions to the increased humanitarian needs.

  • We are in contact with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees – USA to prepare for and respond to the needs of those being displaced in Ukraine and to neighboring countries.
  • ShelterBox, our project partner for disaster response, is in communication with Rotary members in Eastern Europe to explore how it may offer support with temporary transitional housing and other essential supplies.
  • The Rotary Action Group for Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Migration is also mobilizing its resources to assist in this crisis.

More than 2 million people have fled Ukraine and are in dire need of emergency aid. The United Nations estimates that number 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.

We will continue to monitor the situation in Ukraine and neighboring countries. Visit My Rotary and follow Rotary on social media to stay updated on how clubs can get involved and what actions Rotary members have taken and the impact it has had for people in the region.

For all other questions and to obtain more information, please contact the Rotary Support Center at

The UN Refugee Agency also have a fundraising campaign in collaboration with the Red Cross for families in need of humanitarian assistance in Ukraine.


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