Stand with Ukraine
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Standing with Ukraine

Leveraging Logistics and Supply Chain for Ukraine

Our industry is in a unique position to help.

The Ukraine crisis is both heartbreaking and devastating. And, once again, we see the powerful role that logistics and supply chain play in the global economy—for good and for bad. Our team and many other like-minded individuals around the world are dedicated to “logistics with purpose,” and are determined to use our resources and expertise to make a difference for the people of Ukraine.

Below you’ll find a list of needs that have been reported to us as well as partners, friends, and organizations we trust. If we can serve you in any way, please reach out. And a big thank you to everyone who has already taken action. We are grateful to be among you as we #StandWithUkraine.

Join our monthly “Leveraging Logistics for Ukraine” working sessions, co-hosted by Vector and Supply Chain Now. Register for the December 13th conversation here.

Watch previous conversations here.

Current Needs for Ukraine and Refugees

These are the needs that have been reported to us by non-profits and individuals we know and trust.
HUMANITARIAN NEEDS
  • Medicine, medical supplies, medical equipment
  • Food
  • Water and shelf-stable drinks
  • Blankets
  • Clothing and shoes—new and used
  • Beds
  • Mattresses
  • Towels
  • Pillows

  • Heaters and winter essentials
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Disinfectants, wipes, and masks
  • Bathroom products
  • Baby formula and food
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes

MILITARY NEEDS
  • Bullet proof vests and body armor
  • Helmets
  • Radios
  • Night vision goggles
  • Housing

INDUSTRIAL NEEDS
  • Warehouses and storage spaces in border countries
  • Funding to sponsor containers so more aid can be sent *

Non-Profits and Organizations We Know and Trust

Here are some of our clients, friends, partners, and peers who are actively working in Ukraine or in nearby countries to serve refugees.

  • Afya Foundation: Diverting collected and donated medical supplies from being discarded, sorting medical supplies at their warehouse, and delivering to underserved or compromised health systems globally.
  • Convoy of Hope: Convoy of Hope has a wide network of volunteers and partners helping to make the world a better place. Whether it’s feeding children, empowering women, training farmers, responding to disasters, or serving a community in need, the goal is to bring help and hope where they are needed most.
  • Doctors Without Borders: An independent, global movement providing medical aid where it’s needed most.
  • EO Poland (Entrepreneurs’ Organization): Many people from abroad were reaching out for the most effective way to help in Poland right now. They are directing 100% of donations to the opportunities off-the-radar of the big organizations.
  • Feed the Hungry: The guarantee of a daily meal gives boys and girls a chance to get a primary education while offering them hope for a better, brighter future. And since these meals are delivered through local church partners, the children also receive spiritual nourishment to help them grow in Christ.
  • Good360: At Good360, we know there’s more than enough to go around. That’s why we work to get donated goods where they can do the most good, to close the need gap.
  • Islamic Relief USA: Islamic Relief USA provides relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world.
  • MAP: MAP International provides medicines and health supplies to those in need so they can experience life to its fullest.
  • MATTER: MATTER is a movement of people, businesses, and organizations who believe they have the power to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges right in their own two hands.
  • Salesian Missions: Their mission is to teach young people various trades that will help them find decent jobs and become self-sufficient, contributing members of society.
  • SERV: SERV has used food as a platform to share Christ since 2000. They build relationships with people who live in some of the most extreme conditions on the planet, and they keep going back, providing clean water, shelter, education, protection from human trafficking, and so much more.
  • Soles4Souls: Soles4Souls turns unwanted shoes and clothing into opportunity by keeping them from going to waste and putting them to good use.
  • UNHCR: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.
  • Vivoblu: They exist to impact the world by providing access to clean, safe water. They pursue this passion because they believe that every human being is designed with dignity and value and that water is a fundamental staple in human flourishing.

There are many more worthy organizations working on this effort. However, there are also people willing to take advantage of this terrible situation. To avoid scams and research your options, visit Charity Navigator or Give Well.

Here’s How You Can Help Ukraine

It will take all of us working together to fight against tyranny and fight for freedom. We encourage everyone to take action, no matter how small. Every person can make a difference.

  • Donate money to one of the organizations listed above.
  • Donate goods and products as an individual, network, group of friends, religious institution, non-profit, or company.
  • Use your influence to make introductions between those who need help and those who can help.
  • Share credible information on social media platforms.
  • Become educated on current events and engage in meaningful conversations.
  • After you have acted, encourage others to do the same.

Children’s Letter Writing Campaign

Vector is collecting letters written by children from schools and other organizations to send to Ukrainian schools. These letters (and drawings) will be filled with support and encouragement to help get them through this difficult time.

 

Help us spread the word and collect letters!

 

Download the complete campaign details here!

Download the campaign information in Spanish here!

 

Please contact us for additional questions and international mailing options. [email protected]

The Vector Response

The Vector team is currently assessing needs, making connections, offering advice, and quoting shipments as well as financially supporting multiple organizations.

Additionally, we will be sponsoring the ocean shipping of two containers per month for the foreseeable future because this war will have long-term consequences with lasting effects. Please contact us if you would like to include your products or be a part of this effort. Also, we are looking for companies to sponsor more containers so that aid to Ukraine is increased.*

And a big thank you to Books For Africa for offering warehouse space for consolidation!

Here are the requirements for items to be considered for Vector-sponsored ocean shipments:
  • Visible labeling that this is for Vector and Ukraine aid
  • Non-HAZMAT items
  • Non-refrigerated supplies and medications
  • Palletized in standard pallets: (L) 48″ x (W) 40″
  • Height can vary, maximum 48″
  • Wrapped in stretch film
  • Not used items, only new
  • At least one pallet per donation
  • Refer to potential donation list at the top of the page for items most in need.

Please contact us for where to ship or items or further inquiries: [email protected].

#LogisticsWithPurpose

* Sponsored containers handled by Vector are not tax-deductible, but will be billed as regular shipments.

RESULTS AS OF OCTOBER 1, 2022

  • 500,000+ pounds of supplies have been shipped, which includes contents like medical supplies, first aid kits, hygiene items, disaster blankets, clothing, and children’s books
  • Generous financial sponsorships from D-Trans LLC, WCAworld Foundation, and a private family foundation to cover shipments of aid
  • Logistics partners such as Hapag-Lloyd and Swan Transportation Services have helped lower the cost of aid shipments
  • Donations of vital medical supplies from Performance Health and MATTER as well as disaster blankets from Whitehouse & Shapiro
  • Warehouse space donation from Books For Africa for shipment consolidation as needed
  • Personalized connections between individuals and companies interested in supporting Ukraine with other individuals, companies, and non-profits who are working in the region
  • Collective efforts for sourcing everything from medical supplies to automobiles to protective equipment to basic necessities
  • Vector has hosted multiple episodes of our Logistics with Purpose podcast focused on Ukraine efforts, including guests such as Procure4Peace, Soles4Souls, SERV International, and WCAworld Foundation.

How Can We Help You?

If our team can be of service in any way, such as introductions, information, advice, or shipping, please let us know.

Last updated November 15, 2022.