That time of year is upon us when we combine our community outreach efforts with the FO for the second annual Stand Together Week. As a part of this week long celebration of Team and Town involving 26 events, we have chosen 4 events throughout the week that align with the type of volunteer efforts the TA currently undertake. There is no charge to volunteer for these events this year, so come on out and join us. Let’s take these over and show Our Boys how we do what we do.
All volunteers need to sign up individually (even the kids) and all volunteers under the age of 18 will need to bring this signed waiver.
TA-PTFC Stand Together Schoolhouse Supplies, August 5th (16 Spots)
Schoolhouse Supplies is an award-winning nonprofit that supports public education in Portland by giving students and teachers free classroom supplies. Their mission, “to serve classrooms in need by operating a volunteer-run Free Store for Teachers, which is stocked with supplies donated by the community,” is based on the belief that every child deserves school supplies and has the right to a quality education. From humble beginnings, Schoolhouse Supplies has grown to serve all 130 Portland Public Schools and has now distributed an estimated retail value of more than $15.4 million dollars in needed supplies. While they have strong contributors, they need help with what is our greatest asset, sweat equity.
Volunteers will work together to sort, tally and prep donated school supplies for the Free Store for Teachers. Volunteers that are 10 to 15 years of age will need to be accompanied by an adult.
TA-PTFC Stand Together Kateri Park, August 7th (10 Spots)
Wake up your inner artist and join us for an afternoon of fun! Help an art class for 20 kids – they work on individual and collective art projects like drawing, cut outs, and collages. We need some awesome volunteers to come and add your creativity and assistance to the class which will have a soccer theme! You will have a great time exploring art with kids from Somalia, Ethiopia, Burma and Nepal, and you’ll really make a difference. Unfortunately, only those over 16 years of age are allowed for this event. Volunteers, please bring lots of used colored plastic bags!
TA-PTFC Stand Together Tryon Creek, August 7th (100 Spots)
Oregon’s only state park within a major metropolitan area, Tryon Creek Natural Area is a jewel of our city and is a great place to explore with the coming summer heat. The many efforts of the Friends of Tryon Creek have actually seen the fish population return in recent years but, there is much more work to be done to return this phenomenal habitat to where it should be and they need our help. English ivy is the bane of any local naturalist and would choke every living thing in this town if left unchecked. Given the sensitive nature of this ecosystem, chemicals cannot be used thus; removing the ivy is a hands-on process.
TA-PTFC Stand Together Harrison Park SUN School, August 10th (50 Spots)
Come out and help beautify of the school grounds: New plantings and caring for the present gardens. Some highlights involve the more than 40 blueberry bushes that were planted last year that need to be tended to prepare the harvest later in the year. Adding this crop to the school will give us nutritious fruit for our families. The school garden is 2200 square feet of vegetable plantings and will need attention to be ready for the fall so volunteers will be helping with that. All around the school grounds we need to add bark chips and clean-up to make the facility ready for the start of school in September. Brighten up to school interior: Paint inside the school to make the hallways more attractive for the students.