Support for Ukraine: A Message From Dana Robin Goldman Mayor of Sunny Isles Beach
May 19, 2022
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 Continue Supporting Ukraine
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. Donate now at: https://www.globalempowermentmission.org/mission/ukraine-crisis/
Chabad Russian Center in Sunny Isles Beach
The Chabad Russian Center in Sunny Isles Beach (www.chabadrc.com) 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 (www.unicefusa.org) 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. To help visit: https://www.unrefugees.org
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. To see what you can do to help visit: https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/where-we-work/ukraine
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: https://crisisrelief.un.org/t/ukraine
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: https://4agc.com/donation_pages/17ecad83-3e94-4f4f-9504-a8f85d456b08?referral_page_id=e9aca7e4-13d5-4e67-b6bd-548f94822793&referral_page_type=FundraiserPage
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: https://support.savethechildren.org/site/Donation2?df_id=5746&mfc_pref=T&5746.donation=form1
Sunflower of Peace
The nonprofit organization is raising money to prepare first aid medical tactical backpacks for paramedics and doctors on the front lines. Each backpack is designed for groups of 5 – 10 people and includes an array of first aid supplies – such as bandages, anti-hemorrhagic medicine and medical instruments, according to the organization’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/donate/507886070680475/
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: https://www.icrc.org/en/donate/ukraine-0
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. Visit: https://my.care.org/site/Donation2?df_id=31071&mfc_pref=T&31071.donation=form1&s_src=172220UCFM00&s_subsrc=FY22UkraineCrisisFundMO
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: https://www.gofundme.com/f/kyivindependent-launch