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  • 06/15/2020 9:51 AM | Jennifer Ingraham (Administrator)

    A long-time Timbers Army member has donated a first edition No Pity Scarf, which we are raffling off to benefit Urban League of Portland.

    Here’s how to enter:

    1. From now until 5 p.m. (Pacific) on June 19,  donate $10 (or more) to the Urban League of Portland.
    2. Send a screenshot of your donation to
    3. Each $10 donation gets you a raffle entry. (For example, if you donate $100, you have 10 entries.)
    We would like to thank Todd Diskin for his generous donation. Todd and his family will be doing the raffle live on June 19. We’ll post details on our social media channels soon so you can follow along.

    Good luck!

  • 06/04/2020 9:46 AM | Jennifer Ingraham (Administrator)

    We failed to listen to and incorporate the views and needs of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) who identify as Timbers Army and Rose City Riveters. We ignored opportunities to listen to our community about concerns that are vital to them — not just this time, but many times.

    We failed our community, and we commit to dismantling structures that keep BIPOC not only from speaking, but also from being heard.

    Effective immediately, we will:

    • Make space: Establish open sessions for our BIPOC community to express concerns and offer perspective to the board, and develop an ongoing process for members to have their grievances heard and addressed.
    • Actively listen: Create a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee to ensure that BIPOC are represented in leadership.
    • Educate ourselves and improve: Hire experts to understand how to adapt to be a truly inclusive space for the community. Evaluate the 107IST organizational structure and change processes that silence the voices of marginalized communities.

    We will get back to you within the next 30 days with a more structured plan. We are getting to work.

    The 107IST board of directors

    Sheba Rawson, President Gab Rosas
    Ray Terrill, Vice President Joshua Lucas
    Jennifer Ingraham, Secretary Kristen Gehrke
    Dawn Bauman, Treasurer Maggie Williams
    Christin Correz Zachary Freeman
    Drew Picard  


  • 05/31/2020 5:04 PM | Sherrilynn Rawson (Administrator)

    The Rose City Riveters, Timbers Army, and the 107IST are anti-racist.

    We strongly oppose the systems of racism and injustice that have caused so many black deaths in our country and our communities. We continue to mourn the loss of black lives at the hands of police and others. 

    During this time of remarkable loss and fear, we recognize the hardship faced by people of color at all times. We encourage everyone to take action and speak up about what is happening in our communities. Listen to the voices of those who have lived this reality for their whole lives, and amplify them. Now is not the time for silence, and we are never silent. 

    The NWSL Supporters Code of Conduct states that “We will not tolerate hateful or discriminatory words or actions based on race, gender identity, sexuality, citizenship status or nationality, age, appearance, disability, religious or cultural identity.” The new MLS Supporters Code of Conduct includes similar language. These are statements of our values, both within our stadium and in our community.

    Now is the time to take action on those values in support of black lives. In the coming days, we will be providing information and directing Riveters and Timbers Army to ways they can help, both in Portland and nationally. 

    Please stay safe, be well, and speak up.

    #BlackLivesMatter  #BAONPDX #RCTID

  • 05/29/2020 4:00 PM | Jennifer Ingraham (Administrator)

    It started simply enough in mid-April: Organizations locally and around the country were begging for masks for their essential workers. Many folks were spending their time and money to sew as many as they could, but the demand was far greater than the thousands of crafters could meet. How can we as an organization help locally?, we asked. So we launched Project Face Masks. We were a bit reluctant at first: Could we really sell 1,000 masks? The response, however, blew our expectations completely out of the water.

    We sold that initial 1,000 masks in two hours — and 3,000 in 12 hours. The response was so incredible and the demand so great that we opened up another order … and then another.

    As of this writing, we have:

    • Donated 8,520 masks among 34 community organizations
      (Read a wonderful post by one of our recipients here.)
    • Sold a total of 13,840 masks

    Those orders came from 43 states and D.C., totaling 1,277 participants (76 percent of whom are 107IST members).

    We still have organizations who are hoping for masks, though. So, we're making things even more enticing! From now through 9 p.m. (Pacific) on Sunday, May 31:

    • Donate a set of masks, and the 107IST will match the donation (up to 250). That’s right: For every set of 5 or 8 that you donate, we’ll double it. Order here.
    • Join or renew your membership, and we will donate five masks (unlimited).
    • AND here’s the kicker: Each person who donates masks, either through purchase or membership, will be entered into a raffle to win:
      • One pair of signed cleat from Rachel Buehler Van Hollebeke
      • One of three, signed Valeri bobbleheads
      • One of two, signed photobomb cutouts of Valeri
      • One of three, signed pictures of Chara, Clark, or Valeri
      • One of three, Timbers team-signed soccer balls

    Yes, multiple purchases and guest registrations get you multiple entries.

    This project has been an immense success, and we thank all of you for your support!

  • 05/27/2020 11:42 AM | Jennifer Ingraham (Administrator)

    As we try to come to grips with the realities of the current situation, we see many organizations attempting to find a way to return to some semblance of normalcy.

    While we’re hopeful for the return of sport as fans, our concern lies squarely with the health and safety of players, coaches, support staff, and the community at large. We continue to have reservations that a return to play happening too quickly risks too much.

    We await the day when we can safely support our squads in person. Until then, we wish everyone good health. 

  • 05/26/2020 10:49 AM | Sherrilynn Rawson (Administrator)

    [Portland, OR: May 26, 2020] The 107 Independent Supporters Trust board of directors, the nonprofit engine behind the Timbers Army and Rose City Riveters, is pleased to announce the award of $10,000 in mini-grants to 20 locally based community organizations, in direct response to the COVID-19 crisis.

    To mitigate the impact that the pandemic has had on so many in the Portland community, the 107IST board announced in April a revised budget for 2020 that allocated $20,000 for grants to community partners. This money is a combination of a reduction of expenses, a reallocation of current funds, and a redirection of other donations.

    The first round of mini-grants were awarded this week to the following organizations: Equitable Giving Circle; Friendly House; Howard’s Heart; Gather:Make:Shelter; Grow Portland; JOIN; Latino Network; The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center; Oregon Worker Relief Fund, Causa Oregon; p:ear; Parkrose High School; Portland Action Medics; Rose Haven CIC; Rosehip Medic Collective; The Rosewood Initiative; Urban League of Portland; Voz Workers’ Rights Project; William Temple House; Write Around Portland; and Y.O.U.T.H.

    “This process has shown us how much need exists in our community at this time and the incredible array of organizations stepping in to fill that void,” said Rachel Greenough, 107IST community outreach committee member and mini-grant subcommittee lead. “Many of these organizations are absolutely vital, trusted sources of information, food, or other resources for the communities they serve. It is an absolute honor for us to stand with these organizations and support their work.”

    For more information about the mini-grants, please contact Rachel at Grant applications are available here.

    The 107 Independent Supporters Trust (107IST) is a member-based non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon, that is open to anyone who loves soccer, the Timbers/Thorns, and Portland. Its mission is to support soccer in and around Portland, Oregon, from the grassroots to the highest professional level. For more information, visit

  • 05/20/2020 4:51 PM | Jennifer Ingraham (Administrator)

    The following is a post from Rachel Greenough, Community Outreach committee member.

    This past Saturday, May 16th, would have been a home game for the Thorns against the newly rebranded OL Reign. I can just imagine the tifo that might have gone up that day. How many choruses of build a bonfire we would sing. Fanladen would have been open, and we were planning to collect match day donations for Grow Portland, a great organization that plants school gardens and does a ton of work with food resources and gardening in our communities. I can almost feel what it’s like to be in the stands for a game such as this.

    As Sheba and Gab have recently written, in much more eloquent words than my own, we miss that stadium and all of you — but the attention of the Rose City Riveters and Timbers Army are currently focused elsewhere. The “town” of “team, town, and TA/Riveters” is currently where our focus lies.

    A few weeks ago, I started reaching out to organizations to help gather information for mask distribution and grant applications. Every organization I reached was in need. Every individual spoke of the increasing needs in our community: how many more meals they’re serving, how hard it is to find shelter beds for women who need them, and how some populations are being left out of the resources offered by our city, state, and country. They all spoke of the importance of donations and support from the community.

    When we talk about community outreach from the 107IST, a frequent question is, “What can we offer?” Thanks to the generosity of our members, and the success of our merch teams, we can often support organizations with money or material donations. The biggest asset we possess, however, is our membership — a whole lot of people who care about the well-being of others in our community and are willing to help out when they can.

    You. You are the most valuable part of the 107IST.

    We are all in different spots right now. If you need help, we hope you will reach out to us via email or social media. We might be able to find help. If you are in a position to help others, we are here to facilitate that. When I reach out to organizations about masks or grants, I am also asking them what else they need. Do they need volunteers? How will those volunteers be kept safe? Do they need items? Do they have an online wishlist of vital needs? Do they need money to continue doing what they do in the community? The answer is yes.

    We have added pages to the 107IST and Riveters websites to list these needs and spread the word. As needs come in, we will post them on these pages. The idea is that this is a place you can go if you have time, money, or other donations to offer. All of these organizations are doing great work. They all need help. May would have been a big month for both teams: two home games for Timbers, four for the Thorns, rivalry games for both teams ... Maybe some of those beer, cider, parking, transportation, or pizza dollars can go to one of these organizations.

    Thank you for joining us and doing what you can.

  • 05/13/2020 9:42 PM | Sherrilynn Rawson (Administrator)

    Like much of the rest of the world, since the advent of COVID-19 worldwide, everything at Providence Park and the surrounding neighborhood seems frozen in time. The pitch remains clear and pristine, the turf remaining upright and untrodden for months. The voices and drums of supporters are silent. The stands are empty. The tifo rigging remains untouched since early March. Painting in the warehouse has ceased, and places we haunt for our pre-and post-game rituals are mostly shuttered. When you’re a footy supporter in the midst of a pandemic, what is your role? What are you to do when the game has ceased for the moment?

    At this moment of navigating uncharted waters together, the 107 Independent Supporters Trust has turned our focus to the “town” part of the “team, town, Timbers Army & Rose City Riveters” part of our mission. We may not be able to show our support in the stands, but we are working to support our communities:

    This past month, supporters have given their time and their volunteer efforts to supply cloth face masks to community members in need — and more opportunities to provide this support are starting this week.

    In April, the 107IST board also announced a revised budget for 2020 that allocated $20,000 for grants for community partners. This money is a combination of saving on expenses, a reallocation of our current funds, and a redirection of other donations. We are happy to report that we are currently accepting applications, and we expect to begin awarding grants shortly after receiving applications.

    Who is eligible?

    Applying organizations should be based in or around the greater Portland metro area, and money must be managed and spent locally.

    Applying organizations must be established with the goal or mission to serve communities in the Greater Portland area. Examples of services provided include, but are not limited to, those addressing hunger, houselessness, domestic violence, and education; and serving populations such as houseless persons, undocumented persons, native populations, LGBTQIA, and other underserved communities.

    Priority will be given to organizations that serve populations that are more likely to be neglected by other forms of subsidies, such as loan programs, unemployment support, and government stimulus monies.

    How much will each successful organization be awarded?

    Individual grants have no minimum amount. The maximum awarded will be $1,000 per grant.

    How much will be awarded altogether?

    At this time, a maximum of $20,000 is the total amount of the budget that the board of directors agreed was a cost we could incur and still remain fiscally responsible stewards of member dollars.

    How do organizations apply?

    Grant applications are available here. For more information, or for questions about how the grant is administered, drop us a line.

  • 05/13/2020 9:20 PM | Jennifer Ingraham (Administrator)

    Hello, all! We wanted to provide an update about the Face Mask Project we started on April 12. As of this writing, we are donating 7,200 masks and sold 4,500 masks for a total of 11,700 masks to help supplement other supply chain efforts.

    Since the masks started to arrive from Poland last week, we have distributed more than 1,600 masks to eleven local organizations or groups in need:

    • South Lane Fire (Cottage Grove, OR): This was in support of the Make Masks project, helping to reduce their requests.
    • El Programa Hispano (Estacada, OR): This was in support of the Make Masks project, helping to reduce their requests.
    • Meals on Wheels: 107IST member request & partner organization
    • Aloha Community Library: 107IST member request
    • Mooberry Elementary: 107IST member request
    • Woodburn Elementary schools: 107IST member request
    • Join PDX: 107IST partner organization
    • Providence Sports Care Center: 107IST member request
    • Family Solutions: 107IST member request
    • SnowCap: Asked for assistance
    • The Alliance of Guardian Angels: Asked for assistance

    Family Solutions picking up their masks

    More than 5,000 masks are arriving this week and next. We are hopeful to be able to get all of the masks we ordered from the first two batches in a very timely manner because we know there is a severe need in our community. We are in contact with each organization that has been suggested to us to ensure that we understand their needs and whether they can come pick up the masks or we need to deliver them to their office.

    But we are also hearing about how the demand for masks is much greater than our initial effort, which is why we have started taking orders for our third batch of face masks! This event will remain open for the next couple of weeks, but we have already placed an order for 2,000 masks, with 1,500 earmarked for donation. Our hope is that this third batch will arrive in Portland the second week of June to help get masks to folks as soon as possible. We have, however, experienced some delays with supplies, customs, and shipping schedules during the pandemic. We will communicate to participants as we learn more about the anticipated dates.

    Please consider supporting this project even if you personally have enough face masks. We have heard from many organizations that there is a lot of concern and worry about how to help those most vulnerable at this time — be it the elderly, houseless neighbors, low-income families with young children, immigrants and refugees ... the list goes on. We want to do what we can to help our partner organizations provide face masks to the people they assist, as well as their own staff and volunteers.

    Right now, we cannot quantify the demand for face masks. As you saw with the list of organizations above, most of these masks were supplied because our membership saw a need and reached out. Now we are ready to reach out to local organizations to officially ask them what they need.

    You may have already read about the new mini-grants we’re offering. In addition to applying for the mini-grant, we are asking applicants if they have mask needs. We are hopeful to be able to supply them with face masks — but we need your support.

    To order, please visit the event registration. You’ll see some differences this time:

    First, there is a bit of a price increase from April. This is because of an increased price for supplies and because we were part of the initial learning for our production house, Euroscarves. Since the first couple of runs, they have been able to have a better sense of the cost of production, and these new prices reflect that. As with the first two batches of masks, the 107IST is selling these masks at cost.

    So, we're now offering two different price points or options:
    You can buy and donate 107IST-branded masks or blank masks. For both branded and blank masks, there are five options:

    • Give 5
    • Buy 5, Give 5 (shipped)
    • Buy 5, Give 5 (pick up)
    • Buy 2, Give 8 (shipped)
    • Buy 2, Give 8 (pick up)

    If you would like to add multiples of your order, enter a number in the guest registration. If you would like to order different sets (such as Give 5 + Buy 2, Give 8), you will need to place separate orders.

    If you are having technical difficulties with registration, please email us! We’re happy to help.

    Finally, to those who have already participated in this project, a very big thank you!! Without your awareness and willingness to help the community, this project would not be as successful as it has been. We are hopeful that this effort will continue to grow!

    To give a quick breakdown of who participated in this project to date:

    • 1,113 people in 29 states have helped fund this project.
    • 765 107IST members participated, which is more than 70 percent of the orders! 
  • 04/15/2020 5:06 PM | Jennifer Ingraham (Administrator)

    The following is statement from the 107IST board.

    During this unprecedented time, many of us have seen our lives — and the lives of those we care about — markedly impacted. Like many other nonprofits, the 107IST organization has felt a substantial impact as well. Nevertheless, our organization continues to think of ways we can support others in our community.

    As you've seen, the 107IST recently launched an effort to manufacture masks for our members and the community. This has been wildly successful, resulting in more than 4,700 masks for donation as of this post.

    But there's more we can do.

    Last night, the 107IST board approved a budget that will allocate $20,000 for grants for our community partners, with the ability to grant additional money should the financial situation improve. This money is a combination of saving on expenses, a reallocation of our current funds, and a redirection of other donations.

    Stay tuned in the next few weeks for more information, as well as how you can help.

    We’re all in this together. Team. Town. Timbers Army and Rose City Riveters.

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