Banks, City Council, Ukraine

Banks City Councilor Mark Gregg flew to Poland to aid refugees after invasion of Ukraine

While the world looked on in shock as Russian troops invaded Ukraine in late February, Mark Gregg, a Banks resident, firefighter with Hillsboro Fire & Rescue and current Banks city councilor, flew to Poland with three other Empact Northwest volunteers to help manage the refugee crisis that was unfolding on the border, about a three-hour drive from Krakow.

Gregg was part of a group of four volunteers, led by Empact Northwest Director Jake Gillanders, that was in the air and on the way to Poland within 24 hours of the Russian invasion to determine the needs of some of the millions of Ukrainian people fleeing the war.

“Our initial job was to make connections and figure out the lay of the land, so to speak — figure out people’s needs,” Gregg said. “We assessed the Polish border crossing’s reception centers that were set up. Most (refugees) were in . . .

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