#StandWithUkraine Help the Ukrainians through Airbnb & Flexport in GoFundMe with Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher

 

FROM MILA KUNIS ON GO FUND ME:

Today, I am a proud Ukrainian. While my family came to the United States in 1991, I was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine in 1983. Ukrainians are proud and brave people who deserve our help in their time of need. This unjust attack on Ukraine and humanity at large is devastating and the Ukrainian people need our support. Our family is starting this fund to help provide immediate support and we will be matching up to $3 million dollars. 

While we are witnessing the bravery of Ukrainians, we are also bearing witness to the unimaginable burden of those who have chosen safety. Countless amounts of people have left everything they know and love behind to seek refuge. With nothing but what they could carry, these Ukrainian refugees are in need of housing and supplies right away. 

Through GoFundMe.org, this fundraiser will provide an immediate impact on refugee and humanitarian aid efforts. The fund will benefit Flexport.org and Airbnb.org, two organizations who are actively on the ground providing immediate help to those who need it most. Flexport.org is organizing shipments of relief supplies to refugee sites in Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova. Airbnb.org is providing free, short-term housing to refugees fleeing Ukraine.  We need your support to help Ukrainians. As a community, we are aiming to raise $30 million dollars. Every donation, no matter the size, will make a difference in the lives of those affected. Please join us today by donating and sharing this fundraiser with your friends, family, and communities. We stand with Ukraine.

DONATE TO GOFUNDME PROJECT with Mila & Ashton

SAT MARCH 5, 2022: $15,386,100 raised of $30,000,000 goal

AS SEEN ON:

The Guardian: Ukraine Airbnbs receive bookings in effort to get money to residents

People are paying but not staying, as rental platform offers free housing to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees

The home rental platform has already moved to offer free housing to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees, but members of the public have come up with a novel way to financially help those who either intend to remain or are trapped in the country owing to the conflict.


GMA: Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher launch fundraiser to help Ukrainians amid Russian invasion

Kutcher said they are raising money “to support a relief effort that will have immediate impact and supply much-needed refugee and humanitarian aid” to the people of Ukraine.

CNN: People around the world are booking Airbnbs in Ukraine. They don’t plan to check in

Airbnb hosts in Ukraine are being flooded with bookings from people all over the world who have no plans to visit. It’s part of a creative social media campaign to funnel money to besieged Ukrainians who need financial assistance as Russian forces bombard their country and cut off services.

TODAY.com: How Americans are using Airbnb as a way to get money to Ukrainians

“It was the simplest way to feel connected to a person like boots on the ground.” “I have worked in refugee emergencies for almost 40 years,” Filippo Grandi, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said in a statement Thursday. “Rarely have I seen an exodus as rapid as this one.”

CNN BUSINESS: Airbnb Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, tells CNN’s Matt Egan his company is committed to helping with the refugee crisis.

SNOPES: People are Booking Airbnbs in Ukraine To Get Money to Residents. Airbnb confirmed it is waiving all guest and host fees for bookings in Ukraine to assist in the effort.

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said they had provided free housing to around 54,000 refugees globally in the last decade, and most recently to Afghan refugees.

Members of the public are paying for Airbnb rentals in Ukraine to help get money to residents who are facing extreme financial hardship because of the Russian invasion.

FROM AIRBNB: Support for refugees fleeing Ukraine: Help house 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine

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