Timbers’ Stand Together Week kicks off Sunday

For immediate release: July 30, 2013


Fans invited to join Timbers players, staff in annual citywide volunteering initiative

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers’ second-annual Stand Together Week, a citywide initiative bringing the community together in support of nonprofit projects and volunteer opportunities across the metro area, begins Sunday with a cleanup event at a local park in Hillsboro, Ore., and runs through Saturday, Aug. 10.

Sunday’s kickoff event and project for Stand Together Week will include the maintenance of walking paths and removal of invasive weeds in an 18-acre natural area at Dairy Creek Park, with volunteers and Timbers players Diego Chara, Jack Jewsbury, Will Johnson and Diego Valeri.

Fans are invited to volunteer and work alongside Timbers players, club mascot Timber Joey, select Portland Thorns FC players, Timbers alumni ambassadors and club staff on various projects. All available Timbers players will volunteer their time to at least one project during the week. A complete schedule of events and activities, with participating players, is listed below.

Supported by partners adidas, Alaska Airlines, CenturyLink, Coca-Cola and Providence Health & Services, Stand Together Week, with the help of Hands On Greater Portland, will consist of almost 30 volunteer projects, benefitting more than 20 organizations focused on youth and the environment.

Each project during Stand Together Week, named after the Timbers’ community outreach platform, will engage fans and community members and have a meaningful impact on the community. Activities range from outdoor park/garden maintenance to construction projects and aiding in special youth initiatives.

To sign up as a volunteer for one of the Stand Together Week projects or for more information on the overall initiative, please visit www.portlandtimbers.com/standtogetherweek.

2013 Stand Together Week Schedule (subject to change)

Date Time Organization Activity Club Rep./Player
Sun., Aug. 4 9 a.m. to 12 noon Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Community park cleanup at Dairy Creek Park Diego Chara, Jack Jewsbury, Will Johnson and Diego Valeri
Mon., Aug. 5 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Portland YouthBuilders Leading youth activities Steven Evans
  2-4 p.m. Growing Gardens Youth garden maintenance at Ockley Green School Sebastián Rincón
  3-5 p.m. Schoolhouse Supplies Sort and prep donated school supplies David Horst
  5:30-7 p.m. 4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance Play soccer with local youth Bright Dike
  4-6 p.m. AC Portland Run a youth soccer clinic at the Hacienda Futsal court Dylan Tucker-Gangnes
Tues., Aug. 6 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Habitat for Humanity Portland Metro/East Assist at home-build site Dylan Tucker-Gangnes
  10 a.m. to 12 noon Zenger Farm Farm work party Jake Gleeson
  1-3:30 p.m. Portland Parks & Recreation – East Community park clean up at Mt. Tabor Mikael Silvestre
  3:30-5:30 p.m. Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division Cleaning and organizing the food pantry Thorns FC’s Becky Edwards
Wed., Aug. 7 9 a.m. to 12 noon Friends of Tryon Creek Community park clean up, invasive ivy removal Timber Joey, Alumni Ambassador John Bain
  12:30-2:30 p.m. “I Have a Dream” Oregon Painting a mural and garden work at H.B. Lee Middle School. David Horst
  12-4 p.m. OMSI Lead science activities around OMSI Bright Dike
  1:30-4:30 p.m. ReBuilding Center Salvaging building materials and landscaping Sebastián Rincón
  4:15-6 p.m. Kateri Park Leading youth art activities Brent Richards
  4-6 p.m. AC Portland Run a youth soccer clinic at the Hacienda Futsal court Steven Evans
Thurs., Aug. 8 9 a.m. to 12 noon American Red Cross – Oregon Trail Chapter Help assemble kits for blood drives Alumni Ambassador Mick Hoban, Thorns FC’s Becky Edwards
  10 a.m. to 12 noon Children’s Book Bank Clean, repair donated books


Timber Joey
  10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Playworks Clean, paint playground area at Jason Lee School Alumni Ambassador Bernie Fagan
  11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community Cycling Center Clean, fix donated bikes Timber Joey
Fri., Aug. 9 9 a.m. to 12 noon Hillsboro Public Library Cleaning and sorting books for Children’s Book Blitz Timber Joey
  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers of America – Oregon Landscaping and cleanup of VOA Family Relief Nursery Sal Zizzo
  1-3:30 p.m. Oregon Food Bank – East Re-packaging food for distribution across Oregon Ben Zemanski
  4-6 p.m. AC Portland Run a youth soccer clinic at the Hacienda Futsal court Rodney Wallace
Sat., Aug. 10 9 a.m. to 12 noon Harrison Park SUN School (Impact NW) Help beautify the school grounds Jose Valencia
  9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Supa Fresh Youth Farm Harvesting and planting crops at the community garden Kalif Alhassan
  10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Beaverton Giving Gardens Laying down paths and garden maintenance Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Alumni Ambassador John Bain

Stand Together represents the relationship between the Portland Timbers and their fans, and signifies the strong commitment the team has to supporting and standing by the community both on and off the field. The mission of Stand Together is to harness the power of sport to improve the lives of children and families in the Greater Portland area through targeted programs, deep partnerships and philanthropic giving.

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