County Commissioners to Consider Statement of Support for Eastern European Community

Commissioners will on Thursday consider a statement of support for Clackamas Countians of eastern European descent in response to the large-scale Russian military invasion of Ukraine that began almost a month ago.

Oregon has a large number of residents with ties to Russia and Ukraine, and Clackamas County, specifically, has one of the largest eastern European populations in the country, according to the draft statement by the Board of Commissioners.

“As we witness the high tensions, ongoing destruction, and growing refugee crisis in Ukraine, the Board of County Commissioners acknowledges the deep impacts to our neighbors, residents, and community members with roots and ties to the Eastern European region,” the statement reads in part.

“We extend our heartfelt support for the people impacted by this conflict at home and abroad, especially those who are deeply worried about the safety of their loved ones. The board stands with communities experiencing conflict, destruction, and hardship.”

While acknowledging that “many world and national events warrant humanitarian support,” commissioners said Clackamas County is contributing $7,500 to the Slavic Community Center of the NW, which is distributing care packages and necessities for Ukrainian refugees.

The commissioners’ regular business meeting Thursday will be held in-person and virtually starting at 10 a.m. For more information on how you can listen or participate, visit the county’s website.

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