Stand Together: Pillar Partners
The Portland Timbers have worked with three pillar partners throughout our first three years in Major League Soccer, 2011-2013, to bring awareness to and help raise money for their important causes. In addition to working with these partners during Stand Together Week, 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, 52% less likely to skip school.
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 2012 86% of PYB students were placed in a job, college, or apprenticeship after leaving PYB. 76% of students completed their high school education with a GED or high school diploma.