Stand Together Partners
The Portland Timbers worked with three amazing pillar partners (Big Brothers Big Sisters, Friends of Trees, and Portland YouthBuilders) throughout our first three years in Major League Soccer, 2011-2013, to bring awareness to and help raise money for their important causes. Starting in 2014 the Timbers and Thorns FC added six additional Stand Together partners that embody our vision of using the power of sport to change lives. We are proud to work with nine official Stand Together partners whose work is focused, effective, and has meaningful outcomes. In addition to working with these partners during Stand Together Week, through Tix for Kids, and as a beneficiary at the adidas/Timbers Team Store, the Timbers work with each partner on the following initiatives:
Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest
Learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest and Sports Buddies
The Portland Timbers partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest on the Sports Buddies program, which is a one-to-one mentoring program for at-risk youth with an emphasis on sports. By participating in their programs, Little Brothers and Sisters are more confident in their schoolwork performance, able to get along better with their families, 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27% less likely to begin using alcohol, and 52% less likely to skip school. "Littles" who are part of Big Brothers Big Sisters have a 95% on time graduation rate!
Friends of Trees
Every time the Timbers score a goal, the club and JELD-WEN plant a tree in the Portland community through the Score a Goal, Plant a Tree partnership with Friends of Trees. The 2,000 trees the Timbers have planted with pillar partner Friends of Trees absorb carbon dioxide (96,000 lbs./year), remove pollutants from the air (about 360,000 lbs./year), and intercept storm water (4,760,000 gallons of rainwater/year) to keep our rivers clean.
Learn more about Portland YouthBuilders.
Portland YouthBuilders serves 200 young people each year through a combination of academics, vocational training, leadership development, and long term support. PYB is a fully accredited diploma-granting high school and a BOLI-certified pre-apprenticeship training center. PYB students, who are all between the ages of 17-24, face multiple barriers to success including poverty, abuse or violence in the home, gang involvement, drug addiction, involvement with the criminal justice system, and/or homelessness. Despite these barriers, in 2013 82% of PYB students were placed in a job, college, or apprenticeship after leaving PYB. 84% of students completed their high school education with a GED or high school diploma.
Girls Inc. of NW Oregon
Learn more about Girls Inc of NW Oregon
Girls Inc. of Northwest Oregon (Girls Inc.) exists to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Girls Inc. is a targeted, gender specific program working to improve the lives of girls ages 6-18 years old. In 2013 the Thorns partnered with Girls Inc. through support at their Power of the Purse, Mind + Body fair, and International Day of the Girl events, the Girls of the Game program and Rose Ceremony at each Thorns FC match, and with the Thorns FC logo reveal.
Learn more about AC Portland
AC Portland supplies the tools to empower students to lead healthy lives, succeed academically, and inspire positive community engagement. Their vision is to transform communities and serve hundreds of local students through youth soccer. The Timbers and AC Portland work together to raise money through the 5050 Raffle, and through the AC Portland Poetry SLAM!
Northwest Outward Bound School
Learn more about Northwest Outward Bound School
Northwest Outward Bound School changes lives through challenge and discovery. In 2011, Northwest Outward Bound School established the Outward Bound Portland Center in east Multnomah County to bring their mission closer to low income and urban youth. The Timbers work with Northwest Outward Bound School to support their mission and raise awareness of their important work in the community.
Learn more about Playworks
Playworks creates a place FOR EVERY KID on the playground – where every kid belongs, has fun and is part of the game. Teachers, staff, and principals say that having Playworks at their school has lasting results: 93 percent reported a decrease in the number of disruptive events in the classroom; 86 percent reported a decrease in the number of bullying incidents; 94 percent reported in increase in students' abilities to focus in class after recess; 98 percent reported an improvement in overall school climate. Read more here. The Timbers work with Playworks to support their Soccer Jamboree!
Learn more about Schoolhouse Supplies
Schoolhouse Supplies is an award-winning non-profit that supports public education in Portland by giving students and teachers free classroom supplies. The Timbers have worked with Schoolhouse Supplies for nine years to provide backpacks full of school supplies to every student at Jason Lee Elementary school in east Portland. To date, SHS has distributed $20,570,846 worth of school supplies in Oregon, including 433,538 books and over 3,400,000 pencils. In addition, they have had over 46,000 teachers shop in their Free Store for Teachers.
Learn more about Special Olympics Oregon
Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. The Timbers and adidas have worked with SOOR since 2012 to support the Cascadia Challenge Unified Soccer exchange with Special Olympics Washington.