What Makes Us Different

Nonprofit Organization
EIN: 92-3623991
Since the beginning of the open invasion and war in Ukraine #BeTheLight has focused on helping people of Ukraine - in their struggle we see the “Light” which inspires us and resonates with our mission. The reasons Ukraine continues to stand and endure against the tyranny of a (so called) “superpower” have to do with the dignity, integrity, strength and perseverance of its people. Qualities that we feel are found in our charitable organization - #BeTheLight. Here are some differences between us and other charitable organizations inside or outside of Ukraine:
1) We are highly trustworthy and official. We are a USA registered 501(c)(3) NGO, fully testing for public safety organization, we are eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions in accordance with Code section 170.
2) We are Volunteers; many of the team are themselves Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), having joined us after fleeing war zones in Ukraine.
3) All aid that we receive and deliver is documented with photos, videos, and monthly accounting reports. This documentation is done in accordance with NGO protocols, and is in open domain.
4) While there are other worthy organizations conducting their humanitarian work from neighboring countries, or exclusively at Ukraine’s western border, we go to ‘Ground Zero’ - to the very front - and deliver where risks are high. The people we serve in these war zones include the elderly, children, families with multiple kids, special needs children and disabled (including psychological needs), orphans, people who have lost their homes, hospitals at the front, plus areas where winter weather increases the need for generators and power stations. We provide care for abandoned and wounded pets. We also rescue civilians who have been wounded - even tortured - by Russian troops in areas such as Azovstal Mariupol, Borodianka, Bucha, Makariv, Donetsk region, etc).
5) We offer to all IDPs a haven at our base in Vorokhta - which is the safest area still in Ukraine in the Carpathian Mountains. Here they receive housing with medical service, three daily meals, and schooling for kids - all for free! The IDPs we shelter (officially more than 5,000) can also come to our storage warehouse and get all the supplies they need: specialized baby food, clothing, hygiene, medicine, and more.These are the qualities that make us… US! The Ukrainian people we have helped, the medical units and civilians we support at the front lines – they are our witnesses.