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Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis

CORE is on the ground in Ukraine, Poland and Romania, supporting critical needs of refugees and IDPs.

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Emergency Relief | 2022-now

What caused the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine? 

The war in Ukraine brought on by a Russian invasion in February 2022 has created the largest humanitarian crisis in Europe since World War II. The conflict has forced millions from their homes. Many have fled Ukraine for neighboring countries, in search of safety, the majority of whom have crossed into Poland. Millions more are displaced within Ukraine. 

The resulting humanitarian needs are dire and widespread. Damage to residential areas has significantly crippled civilian infrastructure in many areas within Ukraine, and many of those who have fled the country have been forced to leave behind most of their possessions. This has created an urgent need for a variety of basic necessities, including food, medication, and hygiene items. 

Many displaced individuals also desperately need access to safe shelter as well as cash to support themselves as they attempt to resettle away from their homes. Additional support measures, including protection and mental health services, are also in great need.   

How is CORE helping in Ukraine, Poland, and Romania? 

CORE’s teams are working with international and local partners to support the critical needs of refugees in Poland and Romania and IDPs within Ukraine. Our response is focused on:  

> Providing flexible cash assistance to help refugee families get access to essential items, such as food, water, and safe transit to shelter (Read more: CORE’s partnership with Mastercard)


> Supporting community-based refugee shelters with staffing and supplies to sustain and scale their crucial operations


> Distributing hygiene kits with soap, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, and other essential hygiene items 


> Sending essential resources to collective shelters in Ukraine, including food, hygiene products, and baby supplies


> Supporting mental wellness and protection services for refugees, particularly women and children


> Rehabilitating destroyed buildings to provide adequate shelters


> Distributing generators, coal, and firewood to provide warmth during cold winter months


> Information points for refugees

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CORE is identifying implementing partners to provide livelihood support in the Lvivska, Ivano-Frankivska, and Zakarpatska regions.

How is CORE supporting long-term relief in Ukraine?

In addition to ongoing emergency relief, CORE is working on longer-term support measures for those most in need in Ukraine. We are supporting local community organizations and governments to renovate and improve living conditions and create more longer-term shelter solutions for IDPs in Ukraine, which particularly is critical in preparation for the cold-weather months. 


individuals supported 


cash distributed


pounds of food distributed


warm garments and blankets provided 


shelters supported



Press Releases

CORE, SAE-A and SsangYong provide immediate winter relief and long-term shelter for Ukrainian refugees

Starting October 1, CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) teams in Romania, Poland and Ukraine mobilized to distribute essential winterization items donated by our steadfast supporters, SAE-A and SsangYong. SAE-A and CORE have partnered together to provide immediate humanitarian relief to the eastern frontline areas in Ukraine, including critical housing solutions as a brutal winter is expected in the region.

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