Right now, in our own backyard, 40 percent of kids in our region live in low-income families. United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, the Portland Timbers, and local partners throughout Portland are teaming up to help break the cycle of poverty. The program is set to give kids and families in the community a fair chance, and your help is needed.
On June 11, United Way will launch >24 (More Than 24), a new, 24-hour online community event that offers each of us the opportunity to give our time and money to this work. >24 is more than just one day of giving. It marks the start of a new journey to give every kid a fair chance.
Here is how you can join in. United Way will be at the Timbers match against FC Dallas on Wednesday at Providence Park. Whether you’re in stadium or not, you can participate in >24 by going to Morethan24.org on your computer or mobile device to give your time or money. Donors who give more than $24 on Wednesday get their donation matched 100% (up to $100,000 total), are entered to win a prize and get one vote for a United Way nonprofit partner organization to win up to $10,000.
Also, a portion of the proceeds from the in-stadium 50/50 Raffle on Wednesday night will benefit >24. Proceeds from >24 go to United Way’s Breaking the Cycle work right here in our community and they can help connect you with great organizations to get started fulfilling your volunteer pledge. Let’s use the world’s game to make a change right here in our community.
You can also find more information at www.morethan24.org or support the initiative online with #MoreThan24.
>24 is a great way to get in the spirit of our club’s own community initiative, Stand Together Week, which runs next week June 16-22. In its third year, Stand Together Week mobilizes volunteers to aid in more than 35 local nonprofit projects and initiatives across Portland, and even a few in Bend, Ore. Portland Timbers and Thorns FC players, Timber Joey and staff all pitch in. We are still looking for volunteers for Stand Together Week. Click here to sign up today.