The Mission of the Scranton 4 Ukraine Association is to assist and improve the lives of refugees and other people displaced by war or other military conflicts.
The Vision of the Scranton 4 Ukraine Association is to foster community support by promoting awareness of the plight and circumstances of refugees and people who are displaced so that they can more easily integrate, be included, and feel welcomed in their new communities.
On February 24, 2022, we watched live on television in horror as Russian tanks rolled into our native Ukraine and bombs fell on our hometown, Kyiv. Compelled to take action, “Scranton 4 Ukraine” was initially formed as a small online group of individuals looking to unite and show local support for Ukrainian people. We held a candlelight vigil at courthouse square and marched in Scranton's St. Patrick’s day parade. With a calling to do more than raise awareness, we decided to incorporate this group into a nonprofit charity organization with the goal of raising funds for refugees.
In 1991, as refugees of Ukraine, our family came to Scranton with the support of local nonprofit organizations. We came here under much different and easier circumstances. Our family escaped the political, economic, and religious oppression of the former Soviet Union. We had a choice to leave. In 2022, Ukrainian people are escaping the onslaught of a neighboring dictator. They are leaving to save their lives. They do not have a choice. As our family was once supported in the local community, our mission is to give back and do the same for the new wave of Ukrainian refugees.
-Alex Groysman, Founder
Board of Directors
Alex Groysman - Term: 2022-2024 - President (2022-2023)
Diana Groysman - Term: 2022-2024 - Secretary (2022-2023)
Gene Groysman - Term: 2022-2024 - Treasurer (2022-2023)
Kira Moore - Term: 2023-2025
Roberta Wywiorski - Term: 2023-2025
Roberta Wywiorski (Co-Chair)
Alex Groysman (Co-Chair)
Mary Ann Stefko
Bridget Slangan (Advisor)
Michael Cowley, J.D. (Honorary Member)
Darlene Pallien (Honorary Member)
To be transparent, to maximize proceeds, and to be operated by all volunteers.
Sitting left to right - Darlene, Jule, Johnine
Standing left to right: Roberta, Michael, Lisa (Finish Strong Race Timing, LLC), Alex, Mary Ann
Missing: Alison, Bridget, Gene, Diana