As a response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has already driven 1.7 MillionUkrainians are mobilizing from all walks of life, including companies, individuals and businesses to offer humanitarian aid. These efforts serve as a reminder to businesses and individuals that they are crucial in helping with relief efforts during crisis situations that require quick, localized solutions.
Supporting evacuation efforts along the Ukrainian border, and further afield, companies are helping. Uber offers “unlimited free travel between Ukraine and Poland to help refugees and their families,” says the company. AnnoucedIn a statement released last week. Wizz Air, a Hungarian airline is offeringUkrainian refugees will be granted 100,000 complimentary seats for flights to Poland, Slovakia Hungary, Hungary and Romania. They also provide “rescue airfare” to Ukrainians living in other countries.
Small and large businesses are now offering to host refugees from Ukraine. Airbnb AnnoucedIt announced last week it would offer short-term, free housing to as many as 100,000 people fleeing Ukraine. Official StatementAccording to the company, Airbnb also plans to “work closely alongside governments in order best support each country’s needs including providing longer-term stay options.” Stay the Night, a marketing agency launchedAn advertising database for hostels and hotels Available accommodationsFor refugees. Hotel reservations in countries nearby are available OpenThey doorsMany fleeing Ukrainians.
International companies hope to supply important goods to those who are still living in Ukraine. L’Oreal Cosmetics promises it will DeliverIn the coming weeks, Ukraine will receive 300,000. Eli Lilly, a drugmaker, will SendOver $9 Million of COVID-19 and insulin supplies were sent to Ukraine. General Electric is also contributing. ProvideCritical medical equipment worth $4 million Ryanair is an Irish budget airline. FillingPolish medical supplies are available on planes that fly to Poland.
As well, private citizens provide a tremendous amount of assistance. Apex, North Carolina couple Start a campaignCollect frequent flyer points to help fleeing Ukrainians. To date, there have been 3.6 Million miles donated. The miles will be used to help people around the globe. reportedABC 11 Raleigh-Durham is an affiliate. There are many. StoryMany people across Europe are DrivingThe Ukrainian border Bring SuppliesThere is help available accommodationIn neighboring countries, TransportFor refugees Safety.
Airbnb is not only offering humanitarian aid from the top, but it’s also at the heart of a social media campaign that good Samaritans with extra cash are launching to assist. An Airbnb spokesperson said that more than 61,000 guests booked Ukraine’s hotels between March 2nd and March 3. Telled CNN. Americans You can also open an accountMore than half the total. These people have no plans to stayIn the apartment they have reserved, their financial support will ensure that many Ukrainian hosts are financially stable. Bookings for Ukraine are now closed GrossSo far, nearly $2million. Airbnb is the other side. waivingAll guest and host charges for all reservations in Ukraine
Ukrainians are offered rides and lodging by people who live near train stations in central and Eastern Europe. BBC reports from Przemysl in Poland, a Polish border city. ReportsBoth local and foreign helpers were visible to refugees coming from Lviv with signs that read: “Hostel 8 in Gdansk; Can take a Family – Warsaw; 40 places on Bus to Germany.” German volunteers launched social media campaign to assist refugees in transport and translation. Volunteers are often turned away from the capital because of “the large number” of Berliners who offer to help. As perYou can find more information here The New York Times. Berlin’s nightclubs—which Reopened this past weekend after COVID-related closures—devoted their relaunch to fundraising for Ukraine.
Ukraine’s situation is very dire. It will only get worse if the fighting goes on and more Ukrainians have to flee their homeland. The number of companies and individuals who offer assistance is encouraging, regardless how remote they are from the violence.