When I started compiling groups of organizations for the Match Day Drives, I did it how I start most of my projects; I brainstormed with Twitter.
I hadn't heard of New Avenues for Youth, but Mike Donovan, resident #StatMan, gave it a glowing recommendation: “It's an organization that truly cares about both the present and the future of the young people in our community. From meals to job training, NA4Y provides a variety of services that go a long way in helping people on our community that deserve our help.”
When #RibbonZ came about, I didn't realize at first that it was the same organization. Long story short: A fan dared Good Dude Timber to wear a ribbon to match Badass Lady Thorn's gameday ribbon, and Good Dude Timber turned it into a learning moment. More than $5,000 in donations for NAFY's Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center followed, helping them to provide a safe space for teens and young adults who need them.
Throughout July, we're hosting a book drive in partnership with 107IST's Booked! book club. Any time the Fanladen is open, you can donate books to the cause. New Avenues for Youth are asking for books for people between the ages of 16-24.
In need of inspiration? We have gathered some helpful links:
The Multnomah County Library made us a list! (Thanks Alicia!)
Booked! made us a list!
Twitter uses also suggested lists, which can be found here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.