I am a self sustained volunteer who has committed myself to the ongoing efforts on the ground without pay, and I’ve continued living off of work I completed before I left the states. Volunteering here for months on end in Ukraine means for most that at one point or another we will all contend with one financial hurdle after another.
Sometimes these issues are housing, a medical emergency, or not having petrol and diesel to get where you must. Other times it can be training aides to make medical training more impactful, not being able to to replace components of your equipment damaged in artillery fire or small arms attacks, or simply not being able to get home at a moments notice due to a tragedy in the family.
Whatever the financial conflict volunteers may face, Protect a Volunteer is always here helping to protect and take care of us as we do our part to protect and take care of Ukraine.
I observed PAV grow to fulfill a very specific, unique, and desperately critical need in the efforts to assist and provide within Ukraine.
The immensities of the war effort understandably over shadows a lot of great volunteer initiatives and more often than not, does not present a platform or voice for us to receive or campaign for funding (from within Ukraine or otherwise). However, PAV directly fills that need, linking willing and active donors end to end with volunteers working in Ukraine. In my case, it was less than a week from a virtual handshake with my matched donor to much needed funding hitting my account. This allowed myself and my team to facilitate travel, lodging, and other necessities fast and effectively.
I stand by the opinion that PAV provides the most streamlined, involved, and authentic network to get funds in the hands of people taking on volunteer roles within Ukraine in support of it’s military and it’s people. I hope to preserve and nurture a long lasting relationship between our team, PAV, and it’s incredible pool of donors.
FAQS for VOLUNTEERS
Can I bring body armor in my luggage?If you are bringing plates or a helmet, it is a good idea to complete this Customs form and bring it with you to the airport when going to your flight. This may prevent any problems with Customs officials.
I need to leave on a specific day or immediately. Can you help me?Because most flights are donated with airline points, some days will be blacked out for booking. You might not leave on the exact date you want. Unless your situation is an emergency, we do need some lead time to get you a flight donor. We are a small team of volunteers with full-time jobs and work as fast as we can.
I want to go to Ukraine but I don’t have enough money to support myself. Will you be able to support me?Please don’t go to Ukraine without having at least some of your own money for emergencies. While we do help many volunteers with equipment and donors offer financial support, this is not guaranteed and if you are in a foreign country with no money you become a burden on those around you.
Volunteers from around the world defend Ukraine. This one comes from the Blackfeet Nation. The message on his RPG means his arrows fly straight.
Ash the cat assists a volunteer medical evac team. While most donor funds go towards gear and supplies, some donors have been known to buy food and treats for volunteers' furry friends.
Each of the volunteers in this photo received flight sponsorships from donors. Without flight sponsorships, they may not have been able to travel to Ukraine.
Maurice is an American volunteer who arrived in Ukraine in April of 2022. Donors get matched to volunteers like Maurice to assist with needed equipment, medical supplies, and more.
This volunteer was in Ukraine for 9 months in 2022. During his time in Ukraine, he did not receive an income. Protect a Volunteer matched him with a donor who sponsored his flight home.
This volunteer spent all his savings to go and fight for the freedom of Ukraine. Protect a Volunteer was able to match him with a donor for a flight to return to Ukraine to continue his mission.