Timbers team up with local partners for 2nd Annual Stand Together Week

PORTLAND, Ore. – With the help of local community partners and the city of Portland, the Portland Timbers will present their second-annual Stand Together Week from Aug. 4-10. The comprehensive, week-long community initiative supports dozens of nonprofit projects and volunteer opportunities across the city.

Stand Together Week, with the help of Hands On Greater Portland, will consist of upwards of 30 volunteer projects, benefitting more than 20 organizations focused on youth and the environment across the Portland metro area. Fans are invited to volunteer and team up with Timbers players, mascot Timber Joey, select Portland Thorns FC players, Timbers alumni ambassadors and club staff on the various projects.

The City of Portland will officially proclaim Aug. 4-10 as Portland Timbers Stand Together Week. Commissioner Nick Fish will read the proclamation on behalf of the Mayor and Portland City Council on Wednesday, July 24, at 9:30 a.m.

Supported by partners adidas, Alaska Airlines and CenturyLink, Stand Together Week kicks off Sunday, Aug. 4, with a community cleanup of Dairy Creek Park in Hillsboro. Each project will engage fans and community members and have a meaningful impact on the community. The volunteer opportunities affiliated with Stand Together Week, named after the Timbers’ community outreach platform, Stand Together, range from outdoor park/garden maintenance to construction projects and aiding in special youth initiatives. A complete schedule of activities and events is listed below.

In 2012, Stand Together Week volunteers donated nearly 1,500 hours of service to more than 30 local projects benefitting 26 nonprofits focused on youth and the environment, including Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest, Portland YouthBuilders and Friends of Trees.

All available Timbers players once again will volunteer their time to at least one project during the week.

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
Sun., Aug. 4 9 a.m. to 12 noon Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Community park cleanup at Dairy Creek Park
Mon., Aug. 5 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Portland YouthBuilders Leading youth activities
2-4 p.m. Growing Gardens Youth garden maintenance at Ockley Green School
3-5 p.m. Schoolhouse Supplies Sort and prep donated school supplies
5:30-7 p.m. 4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance Play soccer with local youth
Tues., Aug. 6 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Habitat for Humanity Portland Metro/East Assist at home-build site
10 a.m. to 12 noon Zenger Farm Farm work party
1-3:30 p.m. Portland Parks & Recreation – East Community park clean up at Mt. Tabor
3:30-5:30 p.m. Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division Cleaning and organizing the food pantry
Wed., Aug. 7 9 a.m. to 12 noon Friends of Tryon Creek Community park clean up, invasive ivy removal
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. “I Have a Dream” Oregon Painting a mural and garden work at H.B. Lee Middle School.
12-4 p.m. OMSI Volunteers to staff stations around the museum.
1:30-4:30 p.m. ReBuilding Center Salvaging building materials and landscaping
4:15-6 p.m. Kateri Park Leading youth art activities
6-8 p.m. Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest Facilitating youth activities
Thurs., Aug. 8 9 a.m. to 12 noon American Red Cross – Oregon Trail Chapter Assist in warehouse and assemble kits for blood drives.
10 a.m. to 12 noon Children’s Book Bank Clean, repair donated books 
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Playworks Clean, paint playground area at Jason Lee School
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community Cycling Center Clean, fix donated bikes
Friday, Aug. 9 9 a.m. to 12 noon Hillsboro Public Library Cleaning and sorting books for Children’s Book Blitz
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers of America – Oregon Landscaping and cleanup of VOA Family Relief Nursery
1-3:30 p.m. Oregon Food Bank – East Re-packaging food for distribution across Oregon
Saturday, Aug. 10 9 a.m. to 12 noon Harrison Park SUN School (Impact NW) Help beautify the school grounds
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Supa Fresh Youth Farm Harvesting and planting crops at the community garden
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Beaverton Giving Gardens Laying down paths and garden maintenance

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 region through targeted programs, deep partnerships and philanthropic giving.

Here’s a video about Stand Together Week 2013:

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