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  • 06/26/2020 12:18 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    Guest Writer Nikki Flores, The NWSL Show

    “Roses Fall, But the Thorns Remain:  The Dawn of a New Era in Portland”

    Team: Portland Thorns

    Head Coach: English-born Mark Parsons took over the team in 2016, and promptly made his presence known with some big moves, acquiring USWNT goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, French superstar Amadine Henry, and Danish striker Nadia Nadim.  2016 is also the year the Thorns selected Emily Sonnett as the first pick in the Collegiate Draft, and acquired midfielder Lindsey Horan on her return from French side PSG as part of a trade that dealt Alex Morgan to the Orlando Pride.  This will be Parsons’ 5th season leading the Thorns.  Previously, he coached the Washington Spirit.

    2019 Record: 11W – 7D – 6L

    The Thorns finished the season in third place, and then lost in the semi-final to the Chicago Red Stars.  After winning the 2017 NWSL Championship, and finishing as the runners-up in 2018, last year was a disappointment for a Thorns team that has been consistently at or near the top of the NWSL.  In fact, in the team’s seven years in the league, they have only failed to make the postseason once.

    National Teamers:  

    Arguably one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the game, Lindsey Horan is hungry to find her 2018 form.   Her story is oft repeated because it is remarkable.  Horan passed up a scholarship at legendary UNC to become the first American woman to skip college and go straight to the pros.  Passing up an opportunity to sign with powerhouse Olympique Lyonnais before she even graduated from high school, Horan went to world-renowned French side PSG after her senior year.   She returned to the States to fulfill her dreams of playing for the USWNT in the Olympics and the World Cup.  She was part of the team’s disappointing finish in Rio in 2016, but at age 25, could already call herself a World Cup Champion.  The tough choices she made along the way have paid off, but Horan is far from done.  She wants to win more hardware for her teams, and she has no plans of stopping until she becomes the best player in the world.  Horan makes magic happen with the ball at her feet.  Her nuanced services into the box for teammates are only bested by her quality in the air.  As the Riveters have so aptly explained, the only sure thing in life are death, taxes, and Horan headers.  Her defensive work-rate is unmatched.  There may not be a more complete player that she lines up next to on either her club team or for her country.  Horan was integral in a stacked USWNT midfield in France a year ago; with so many changes on the Thorns roster, she will be even more vital for her club this summer.

    The G.O.A.T. herself, though she will never admit it, Christine Sinclair is back for another year.  The Thorns captain is the undisputed #1 in international goals scored.  Yes, that means she’s has more international goals than any man who has ever played football, ever – 186 and counting with the Canadian National Team.  She made that team at the young age of 16, by the way.  Like new teammate Sauerbrunn, Sinclair is a quiet force to be reckoned with on the field, always leading by example.  The 37-year-old just doesn’t stop.  Her focus is intense, her speed deceptive, her composure impressive, her physicality punishing.  Her runs behind defenses are hard to mark.  And if she is marked, it will open up space for the likes of Horan and Rodriguez.  Sinclair may go down as the best in history to never win a World Cup, but she will leave everything she has on the field to add another star to the Thorns jersey.  Simply put, Sinclair is incomparable.  Her competitive fire still burns bright and she is ready to lead her team back on the pitch after a long break.

    Nary a bad word has ever been spoken about the woman fans refuse to stop calling Captain Broon.  During the off-season, the Thorns acquired defensive legend, center back Becky Sauerbrunn, from the Utah Royals in exchange for Elizabeth Ball and allocation money.  Sauerbrunn had been itching for an opportunity to play for the city in which she resides, and the trade of Emily Sonnett to the Orlando Pride left an opening for her.   Sauerbrunn is tough – we all have that image of her bowed, bloody head during the World Cup final fresh in our minds going on a year later.  She’s a cerebral defender, almost always positionally sound.  She is a quiet leader amongst leaders, organizing her backline and serving as the President of the USWNT Players’ Association.  And Becky Sauerbrunn is almost always underrated by everyone outside of her own teammates, who know exactly how valuable the 35-year-old is.  The veteran will provide a calming presence and a sense of stability to a Portland backline missing two of its starting defenders and goalkeeper from last season’s roster.  For the Thorns to succeed in this tournament, Sauerbrunn will have to be an absolute anchor.  When she retires, which hopefully won’t be for a few more years, Sauerbrunn will go down in USWNT history as one of the best center backs to ever play the game.   Welcome home, Captain Broon.

    Costa Rican International Rocky Rodriguez will step into the Thorns midfield alongside Horan.  Her football pedigree is strong.  She played on a high school team while still in elementary school, and was a four-year starter at Penn State, where she won award after award, and the 2015 College Cup.  She totaled 23 goals during her time with the Nittany Lions, including the game winning goal against Duke in the championship match.  In 2010, she made her way onto the Costa Rican senior national team.  Her hard work paid off when she represented Las Ticas in the 2015 World Cup, and she scored the first goal by a Costa Rican woman in a World Cup.  Rodriguez went #2 in the 2016 Collegiate Draft, picked up by Sky Blue FC.  She was Rookie of the Year that year.   This past January, Rodriguez was traded to the Thorns in exchange for Midge Purce and a 2021 draft pick.  Arriving at Providence Park seems fitting for Rodriguez.  In 2016, the Thorns traded that #2 pick to Sky Blue FC for Danish International Nadia Nadim, passing up Rodriguez.  She is excited to finally don that Thorns jersey for the Challenge Cup.

    Midfielder Tobin Heath has opted to sit out because of concerns over COVID-19.  Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch had to withdraw from the tournament due to a knee injury.

    Players You Should Know:  Forward Morgan Weaver of Washington State was the #2 pick in the 2020 Collegiate Draft.  She was the top scorer for her college team four years in a row, and helped her team make it all the way to the College Cup semi-finals in her last year with the Cougars.  In their final six games of the 2019 season, the Thorns were only able to score one goal.  Weaver will be essential if their struggling offense is to find its footing during the tournament.  The Thorns seem to have faith in Weaver’s long-term impact, signing her to a multi-year deal.

    Changes in the Off-Season:  Take a Thorns starting XI from any game last season.  Draw a line through everyone who is no longer wearing the red and black.  Who are you left with?  The Thorns had one of the most dramatic turnovers in the NWSL this off-season.

    Gone are fan-favorites Emily Sonnett (traded to Orlando Pride) and Hayley Raso (signed with Everton of the FAWSL).  Fellow Aussies – goal scorer Caitlin Foord wingback Ellie Carpenter, thought to be the jewel of the Portland defense – have signed with European clubs, Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais respectively.  Carpenter’s announcement, after signing a multi-year deal with the Thorns, must have come as a huge shock for a team already facing the loss of Sonnett.

    In the trade for Sonnett and the rights to Foord, the Thorns gained the #1 pick in the 2020 Collegiate Draft.  They used that selection on Sophia Smith, the highly rated sophomore striker out of Stanford.  That move may be attributed to the Thorns scoring drought as the 2019 season wore down; the team only found the back of the net once in their final six games.

    The Thorns were also involved in several other deals during the offseason.  One saw the Thorns acquire the second overall pick in the draft from the Chicago Red Stars, which they promptly used on Washington State star Morgan Weaver.  Another sent Thorn Midge Purce to Sky Blue in exchange for Rocky Rodriguez.

    Strengths:  The team should be solid down the core.  The pairing in midfield of Lindsey Horan and Rocky Rodriguez should be formidable, and behind them, Becky Sauerbrunn and Emily Menges will shore up a defense hurt by the loss of Sonnett and Carpenter.

    Beyond that, the Portland Thorns embody heart, and what it means to play for the badge.  Portland is Soccer City USA, the team drawing an average of just over 20,000 fans to each home game at Providence Park last season.  The next highest draw (Utah Royals) was a little over half of that total.  While some may view game without fans as a setback for Portland, this team feels a unique responsibility to its fans.  In last years 6-0 routing by the NC Courage in Providence Park, the Rose City Riveters not only stayed the entire game, but stood cheering for their team as goal after goal slid past Franch and the Thorns defense.  These fans never give up on the team; do not expect the team to give up just because the fans aren’t in attendance, because they will be watching in droves at home.  The Thorns know how to win; now it’s about finding the chemistry.

    Biggest Question Marks:  With all the changes, and a short run-up to the tournament, have the Thorns had enough time to gel?  This is virtually a new team, and while some of the additions should help in the scoring department, Smith will likely see limited minutes due to a nagging injury.  Down the road, the trade of Sonnett for the #1 pick might pan out, but it likely won’t help a bit in this tournament.  Combine the loss of Sonnett and Carpenter in the back with the loss of brick wall AD Franch, and the Thorns are hurting defensively, even with Becky Sauerbrunn.  Additionally, the Thorns look weak on the wings, without Carpenter’s penchant for pressing up into the offensive third, without Raso’s speed flying down the wing, and especially without Tobin Heath working her magic on the outside.

    Preliminary Round:

    Saturday, June 27 vs. North Carolina Courage

    This matchup, which will be shown on CBS, pits two of the best teams in the NWSL against each other.  The last time the teams met, the Courage handed the Thorns their worst loss to date in a 6-0 drubbing that no one outside of the Courage camp could have predicted.   The Courage team remains largely intact, but the Thorns will look to redeem themselves against the two-time NWSL champs in front of a national audience in the opening match of the tournament.

    Wednesday, July 1 vs. Chicago Red Stars

    Revenge, revenge, revenge.  The Red Stars knocked the Thorns out of the playoffs in the semi-finals last year, ending their quest for another star on their jersey.  In the 1-0 loss, the Thorns did not play poorly, but couldn’t get any offense going against a stingy Red Stars defense that featured FIFA Best XI Julie Ertz, Sarah Gorden, Casey Short, and USWT #1 Alyssa Naeher.

    Sunday, July 5 v. Washington Spirit

    The Spirit look surprisingly strong and young this year.  USWNT superstar and Bronze Ball winner Rose Lavelle will pair with USWNT teammate Andi Sullivan in the midfield.  The Thorns backline will have to take on Spirit draft pick Ashley Sanchez of UCLA, selected 4th in the 2020 Collegiate Draft.

    Monday, July 13 vs. OL Reign

    The Reign will be without Megan Rapinoe, who has chosen to sit out, but don’t count them out.  Horan, Sinclair, and Weaver will be hard-pressed to score on the Reign, regardless of whether Casey Murphy or Michelle Betos (returning from injury) starts in goal.  The team sees the return of Jess Fishlock, also back from injury, and Bethany Balcer, last year’s Rookie of the Year, as well as the additions of Shirley Cruz of Costa Rica and Alana Cook of PSG.  OL Reign looks solid from back to front, and should provide a surprising challenge for the Thorns.

    Fun Fact:  In 2015, current OL Reign goalkeeper, formerly of the Portland Thorns, became the only goalkeeper to score in the run of play in NWSL history, diving to head in a ball off a corner in stoppage time as the Thorns tied the game against FC Kansas City.  Her goal was featured on ESPN, and was the #2 play of the night.

    Overall Outlook:  The 2020 Thorns are looking to reestablish themselves as soccer royalty in the NWSL.  This year may not be their year, however.  Too many roster changes, a shaky defense, and lackluster wings will hinder them.  Their preliminary draw is tough, facing off against three out of four of last year’s playoff teams.  Depending on seeding in the knockouts, it’s not impossible to think that we might witness the Thorns going out in the quarterfinals, and they almost certainly won’t make it past the semi-finals.  A Thorns team falling in the bottom half of the NWSL rankings is almost unheard of – blasphemy, if you will.  But the offseason losses seem too big of an obstacle to surmount in a short time thanks to limited training and a compressed tournament.  For the Thorns to make a deep run, they will have to count on their mentality – their grit, their determination, their pride for the badge.  In reality though, it seems the Thorns will be building towards a 2021 comeback and looking to reflect on their team culture going forward.

  • 06/26/2020 12:17 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    NWSL supporters groups are using the unique opportunity of the Challenge Cup to collectively fundraise through ACTS: Activating Communities Through Support — An NWSL Supporters Initiative.

    We acknowledge that the spaces where our teams will be training and playing over the course of the next month in Utah are on traditional Indigenous lands. As such, we are using this platform to support the American Indians/Alaskan Natives (AI/AN) living in and around Salt Lake City.

    Our first ACTS fundraiser will benefit the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake (UICSL). UICSL’s mission is to “serve The People by honoring Native cultures, strengthening health and wellness programs and cultivating community.” Make a pledge to support UICSL with every goal scored by our club during the NWSL Challenge Cup. At the end of the tournament, we will contact you to make a donation directly to this worthy organization.

    Jump in and make your pledge now by clicking here! Hurry, before tomorrow morning’s kick.

  • 06/16/2020 12:16 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    The following is a guest blog from Rachael Travis

    We’ve all seen it … someone has an idea on Twitter. No, really! A good idea. An “Oh, dammmmmnnn. Why didn’t I think of that?!” kind of idea.

    There’s a kind of cycle that happens: An idea is thrown out there, people get really excited, we all brainstorm in an abstract way, someone @’s a board member, and then … “That’s a great idea! Thank you for volunteering.” I used to think those seven words were a metaphorical door slammed in the face of ideas. Boy howdy, was I wrong.

    Earlier this year, Dawn had the amazing idea that there should be some kind of Riveters’ version of the front office’s Axe photos. She articulated that she didn’t have the capacity to be the task manager behind the project, so I jumped in and, before I knew it, Rose Poses happened. I’m being a little hyperbolic, but this project that I thought would take months to plan took mere weeks with a lot of support.

    Roses Poses wasn’t the first 107IST-supported event I helped organize. In 2018, I came to the board to pitch the idea of bystander intervention training — and I came prepared. I had multiple options for what a training could look like, I had researched different groups from around Portland that could lead them, and I also a fundraising plan. I was ready to come in and have to do all of the heavy lifting. I wish I had footage of my face when the board told me that they would be fully funding the trainings and that they already had a space in mind. Having an idea, especially one so deeply personal and rooted in pain, be supported and encouraged is a rare gift.

    Having had the bystander intervention training experience in my pocket, you’d think I would’ve remembered that 107IST members almost never have to reinvent the wheel. But repetition is the key to learning, and apparently, I needed another event-planning experience to truly learn about all the resources this organization makes available to us.

    Back to Rose Poses …

    When I agreed to take on the project, I truly thought I’d be on my own: I’d be setting up a black sheet in my garage and taking everyone’s picture by myself, while hoping people wouldn’t mind hanging out in my yard for hours. Instead, I put out an ask on Twitter for some volunteers to help plan and run the event. All of a sudden, I had a team to help.

    Then, while we were trying to figure out where to hold the photoshoot, Gabby reached out and let us know we could use the Fanladen. That’s when I learned that members can ask and reserve that space — because it is our space. Y’all might already know that, but my mind was blown. Through the 107IST network, we found a few great photographers who volunteered their time and talents, even a couple backup photographers when Covid changed our original plan. It felt like magic when snacks, a professional lighting setup, and a background showed up. Of course it isn’t magic — it’s the support and resources of this community.

    107IST is a member-driven community, not a board-driven one. Without us, this doesn’t exist. I want to acknowledge that I am speaking from a place of white privilege, so when I say “Oh, just pitch an idea, and it’ll come together!” I know that my experience is not universal, and that not all ideas are embraced and supported as enthusiastically as mine have been. Three months ago, when I was originally planning this post, I wanted to share the privilege of my experience planning events, something that feels even more important now than it did then. I imagined a laundry list of all the resources hidden in the Fanladen (did you know we have a button-maker?!), instead I want to uplift the truly endless resource that is a community with endless expertise and passions.

    The board probably can’t write a blank check for a passion project, but when you hear “that’s a great idea! Thanks for volunteering.” I hope you hear what it really means “That’s a great idea! Thank you for volunteering. Please let us know how we can support you!”

    If you have an idea you want to pitch to the board, email If you aren’t sure where to start, my DMs are open (@rachael_with2as)

    I didn’t know how to do any of this until I tried. I want to support you while you try.

  • 06/08/2020 12:16 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    New Donation Drive!

    This time, we are seeking your donations for Haven Project, an effort of the Urban League of Portland. Haven Project helps those experiencing a lack of permanent housing find a long-term residence, supported with intensive case management and peer supports. What they need are items for housewarming/homestarting baskets. Feel free to either pick up loose items for donation, or create a whole basket (or supply a whole household)! Donations will be accepted at Donations will be accepted at Fanladen this Friday 8:00 – 6:00, Saturday 12:00 – 3:00, and Sunday 12:00 – 3:00.


    Full/Queen Sheet Set, with pillowcases

    2 Standard Pillows

    1 Set Towels(2 each of bath, hand & wash cloth)

    Blanket or Quilt

    Shower Curtain and curtain rings

    Plastic Laundry Basket to put it all in


    Two of each:

    Dinner plates, mugs, bowls, glasses, place mats (dishes should be microwaveable)

    Silverware set for two

    Kitchen towels & potholders

    One of each:

    Sauce pan and fry pan with lids

    Paring knife & can opener

    Measuring spoons/cups

    Serving spoons

    Sturdy reusable grocery bag to put it all in

    Cleaning- (new items)

    scrubbing sponge

    dish soap

    counter cleaner

    window cleaner

    bathroom cleaning product

    hand soap

    floor cleaner

    roll paper towels

    toilet brush

    broom or dust sweeper

    laundry soap (single packets work best)

    bucket to put it all in

  • 05/31/2020 12:15 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    The Rose City Riveters 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 of actions based on race, gender identity, sexuality, citizenship status or nationality, age, appearance, disability, religious or cultural identity.” This is a statement of 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 to ways they can help, both in Portland and nationally. 

    Please stay safe, be well, and speak up.


  • 05/29/2020 12:14 PM | 107ist Admin (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 12:13 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    The Rose City Riveters will support the Portland Thorns from afar. This is not unprecedented. We are used to supporting the Portland Thorns on the road. What we are not used to is a season without in-person support.

    We will work to find new ways to support our club during the pandemic.

    Our primary concern is safety for all those involved with the NWSL tournament in Utah. We appreciate that the NWSL Players Association has been engaged with the League regarding the safety and player logistics around the tournament.

    Regardless of the format or location, the Riveters remain committed to supporting the Thorns in a genuine way that connects supporters to the players. What does Riveters’ support look like when we can’t be there in person? We exist to support the Thorns, not to look good on streams or TV broadcasts, not to create a gameday environment for other spectators. Over the last 7 seasons we have worked tirelessly to make Providence Park a fortress. We do not think this can or should be bottled and applied to another location without us.

    The Riveters oppose any artificial “gameday” experience with music or chants played over the stadium PA system or added to the broadcast for home viewers or anything that is not in person. We are the organic supporter response to what is happening in the match. Until supporters can safely attend matches we will not be providing any tifo or large displays for matches we cannot safely attend and execute ourselves.

    We look forward to being back in Providence Park, complete with drums, horns, flags and banners and most of all, our voices. We look forward to raising our voices together in support of our team. Until then, we will remain safely at a distance.

  • 05/20/2020 12:12 PM | 107ist Admin (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.

  • 05/14/2020 12:12 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    Check out a great opportunity here.

    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.

  • 05/05/2020 12:11 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    This page contains information and requests from organizations in the greater Portland community. All of these orgs are doing remarkable work to keep people safe and healthy, and they have some specific needs in order to keep doing this work. The 107IST has received requests for volunteers, financial donations, and material donations. We know many people are not currently in a position to help, but wanted to pass this on for those who can. Please check back frequently, as we will keep this page updated with the most recent requests.

    Black Resilience Fund

    The Black Resilience Fund is an emergency fund dedicated to fostering healing and resilience by providing immediate resources to Black Portlanders. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted the physical and financial health of Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities. And because of ongoing systemic racism, these communities have been denied the resources they need to close these inequitable disparities. Due to the recent murder of  George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, there has been increased attention to racial injustice and the reality that we can close equity gaps if we do take action. The Black Resilience Fund (BRF) was created in response to endless headlines of Black pain, to leverage this difficult moment by inspiring Portlanders to show the best of themselves and build community. The BRF is an emergency fund that fosters healing and resilience for Black Portlanders facing the compounding impacts of a global pandemic, state violence, and systemic racism. 

    The fund is seeking direct donations via their GoFundMe in order to provide support to Black individuals. The organization is currently run by all-volunteer labor, so all donations will go to individuals in need of assistance. Visit the GoFundMe to donate financially.

    The Black Resilience Fund is a volunteer-driven movement to support Black Portlanders. There are volunteer opportunities in every aspect of operations, from intake to deliveries to fundraising and social media promotion. They are especially in need of volunteers who identify as Black or BIPOC to assist with intake and deliveries, i.e. direct interactions with Black Portlanders in need. Most of their more than 100 active volunteers participated from the safety of their own homes via online channels and via phone. Volunteers who make deliveries assume responsibility for their own safety, delivery vehicle and complying with COVID-19 precautions (i.e. wearing a face covering and gloves).To volunteer, fill out this application.

    Blanchet House

    Blanchet House provides meals and transitional shelter services for houseless and food insecure community members. Need has increased greatly due to the current crisis, and they are serving over 1,900 meals daily.  They need volunteers for meal service and clothing distribution. They also need material donations to help the people they serve.

    Volunteers wear masks and gloves while working, and all efforts are made to ensure social distancing. Help is needed Monday through Saturday. Contact for more information.

    Visit their COVID page for more information and procedures for donating food or material goods. There is also an Amazon wishlist of items that are in high demand for the population they serve. Find it here.

    Camp ELSO

    Camp ELSO is a community-based education nonprofit organization that uses the natural world to connect children and youth from underrepresented communities to Science- Technology- Engineering- Arts- Mathematics (STEAM).

    Our mission is to teach and frame STEAM and nature based education through a lens that centers and elevates the stories, ways of knowing, individual needs, and lived experience of Black and Brown communities. We provide culturally specific science camps, professional development activities, and community projects that invite children and youth of color to Experience Life Science Outdoors. 

    Camp ELSO accepts financial donations and has a wishlist of items that will directly support their camps, including a special camp this summer that will take place free of charge. Needed items include:8 pairs of binoculars (for use in urban forests, natural areas and parks), 50 Reusable grocery bags (for Distance Learning Kits to be sent home with campers), 8 Digital Cameras with memory cards (For Photojournalism Session July, 2020), 2 Laptop computers (for ensure reliable, effective communication between staff), Bicycles (for older youth, as alternative transportation to public transit). if you are able to help with any of these items.

    Equitable Giving Circle

    Equitable Giving Circle was launched during this crisis to support BIPOC Farmers and families. They purchase CSA food from farmers, and gift it to community members in need of fresh, healthy food. This group is 100% volunteer run and operated.

    They are in need of in kind donations of food, garden supplies, and backpack/school supplies. Contact for donation logistics. They are also in need of direct donations, and encourage us to share their fundraiser with others who might be able to give. 

    If anyone has a lead on a farm truck– one of the farms they work with needs a donation of a truck. Please contact the organization if you can help.

    Friendly House

    Friendly house provides services and programming for youth, families, and seniors, including the SAGE Metro Portland, a program dedicated to serving LGBT older adults. They have had to close their day center and end many programs that provided revenue, but are still serving their community by providing food and other essentials.  

    Friendly House is in need of  food and household supplies for their clients:  peanut butter, canned soups and vegetables, protein bars, cleaning supplies, paper products, dry cereal, pasta, rice. Contact

    They are also in need of financial support.


    Gather:Make:Shelter is a citywide collaborative art project with and for people experiencing houselessness and poverty. They are in need of financial donations to continue supporting their artists and others. Check out their website, which will continue to be updated with events and ways to be involved.

    Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest

    Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest inspires all girls and gender non-conforming youth to be strong, smart and bold. Through direct service, Girls Inc. builds safe spaces and fosters long-term mentoring relationships for youth living in low-income and historically under-resourced communities to develop their strengths, learn lasting skills, and take charge of their futures. 

    COVID-19 has heavily impacted the fundraising efforts of this group. They greatly appreciate direct donations, via their website.

    Grow Portland

    Grow Portland connects the community to the natural world and healthy food by creating and supporting school-based garden sites and engaging the community in gardening. They have responded to this crisis by pivoting to focus on food production in their learning gardens. Food produced is being delivered to school meal pantries and directly to families who need it. They continue to actively garden at 10 school sites, and harvested over 150 pounds of spring food last month. 

    They are waiting for permission to engage more volunteers at their sites, but interested volunteers can initially email

    In addition, they are in need of Amazon wishlist items (purchases do not need to be made via Amazon but it is an easy way to supply a general list of needs). They are always in need of gift cards to garden supplies stores, Home Depot, etc. to maintain garden sites. Donation drop offs can be coordinated individually by emailing as their office is currently closed.

    Hillsboro Farmers’ Markets

    Hillsboro Farmers’ Markets continue to operate during this time, providing a venue for over 200 local farmers to sell their product within the community. They are in need of volunteers on Saturdays and Sundays.Volunteers would help keep foot traffic at the agreed upon 100 people in market at a time; they would help assure everyone was observing social distancing and make sure everyone had masks. They can volunteer at

    Howard’s Heart

    Howard’s Heart supports teens and youth in foster care, ages 13-21. They work to go beyond the basics, and empower youth with a chance to speak for themselves. Howard’s Heart was founded with a mission to focus entirely on what the teens identify as their wants and needs. 

    COVID-19 has caused an increase in requests for basics like food, educational supplies, hygiene supplies, and clothes. The requests have nearly tripled, and funding has declined. The organization is worried about their ability to continue meeting the needs of the youth they work with.You can help out with this cause by purchasing items from the group’s Amazon wish list.

    Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)

    Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization serves a variety of needs for individuals and families in our community. They are still providing a lot of direct and virtual services throughout the area, including basic needs and other needs like education, language services, and legal services. They need gloves, sanitizing wipes, and some larger items such as a large cooler for food delivery, and google chromebooks or tablets for education. Please contact if you wish to purchase and donate items. They are not accepting in-person donations at this time.

    Join PDX

    Join PDX helps families and individuals who are experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity to transition into permanent housing, and supports them to maintain stability. They continue to support their clients during this time through modified use of their dayspace and increased mobile and outreach services. 

    Join PDX are especially in need of financial donations to help continue this work, as the pandemic has put additional stressors on them. Visit this page to make a financial donation. They also have a detailed list of material needs and an amazon wishlist here.  They have noted a particular need for bottled water for their day space.

    Neighbors Helping Neighbors

    Neighbors Helping Neighbors provides trash bags and trash pick-up services for houseless communities in Portland. They also provide clothing, food, and other supplies needed by these communities. If you wish to contribute to their work, they have a list of most-needed items by season, and a link to a wishlist here.

    The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center

    The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center provides counseling services on a sliding scale to anyone who needs them regardless of financial situation, faith, background, personal situation, or employment. They are one of the few places around that provide truly affordable and accessible counseling and support, regardless of insurance. They continue to operate both virtually and in-person during this time. 

    NCC is struggling to secure enough disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and furniture-safe disinfecting spray to keep the office safe for clients, staff, and visitors. Please contact if you would like to donate or can assist securing these items.

    Oregon Food Bank

    The needs met by the Oregon Food Bank continue to ramp up as more people find themselves needing food resources. They are working every day to adapt their food procurement and distribution models in response to the pandemic. 

    They are taking volunteers, and always need financial support (visit their website for more). In addition, they have asked to hear directly from anybody with a lead on companies that could provide transportation or storage opportunities.

    Oregon Workers’ Relief Fund (organized by Causa Oregon)

    Causa works to improve the lives of Latino immigrants and their families in Oregon. With COVID-19, Causa and other community partners were able to advocate at the state and local level for the Oregon Worker Relief Fund coalition. This coalition is working to provide temporary support to Oregon workers and their families who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and would otherwise fall through the cracks of current community support and assistance. This fund directly supports individuals who do not have other access to such unemployment and other forms of support. The fund needs direct donations to help individuals. Please visit the workers’ relief fund page and give generously.


    P:ear is an organization that provides education, art, recreation, and job training to homeless youth. They are deeply committed to community building and empowerment of some of our community’s most vulnerable individuals- homeless young people. During this time, they are working to provide food and other supplies to anyone who needs them. They are serving over 250 meals per day. They are also hoping to reopen their community center as a safe space for youth as soon as they are able to do so safely.  

    P:ear is in need of volunteers and donations, including volunteers who can help from home by baking food or sewing masks.They also need donations of tents, sleeping bags, burrito making supplies, masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies. Check out their COVID-specific webpage for specific needs and information.

    Portland Community Football Club

    Portland Community Football Club provides affordable, high quality soccer for low-income, immigrant and refugee youth ages 5-18. Although all soccer related activities have stopped, they have shifted all their focus towards the needs of their families, many of whom are undocumented and work in the restaurant and food service industries. They are providing food and other staples for families, and even providing financial assistance when it is needed. 

    Direct donations will help PCFC ensure that they can continue this work, and that they will be able to pick up where they left off when play resumes. All donations can be made at their website

    They can also always use more volunteer coaches. Though, we aren’t sure when play will resume, they are meeting monthly via Zoom with coaches to do some coaching education. They also could use volunteers to help with our virtual fundraiser in September. Volunteer roles for that could include: Picking up procured auction items around Portland, writing auction item/package descriptions, or joining the PCFC Ambassador program. Contact if interested in any of the volunteer opportunities

    Q Center

    The Q Center in North Portland provides a meeting space and community center for LGBTQ+ individuals in Portland. The center currently has a drive under way for art supplies for the lounge. If you are interested in helping out, contact their Operations Coordinator, Jasmine Brown, at Financial contributions will also help support the important work of this community center.

    In hopes of opening soon, please contact them if you are interested in volunteering!The center uses volunteers to staff our front desk and lobby area during our open hours (Noon – 8 p.m. weekdays, Noon – 6 p.m. weekends).These volunteers also provide information and referral. After being closed a long time we are concerned about our volunteers returning upon reopening. Anyone interested can contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Dani Trammell at

    Rose Haven

    Rose Haven shelter and community center continues to adapt their services to provide support to women, children, and gender diverse individuals in our community who are at risk of houselessness or abuse. They need a few volunteers to work in the building adjacent to Rose Haven cleaning restrooms, sorting donations, and working on other organizational projects.Right now they also have a number of projects that can be taken off-site for volunteers to complete and return. This would include making hygiene kits in to go bags, sorting shoes, distributing hand sanitizer from a large gallon into small containers, etc. Email for more info! 

    Rose Haven is also in need of material donations to directly provide what their clients need. They currently have an amazon wishlist, as well as a partnership with Next Adventure to purchase outdoor supplies and other needed items. Next Adventure, which is a local, small business, is offering a 50% discount to Rose Haven supporters who are purchasing supplies to donate. Use this link to purchase from Next Adventure. You can also check out the amazon wishlist here.

    Rosehip Medic Collective

    Rosehip Medic Collective are street medics (providing medical care at protests, action camps, occupations, etc- specifically for antifascist and leftist organizing) and community medics (providing baseline medical care to underserved communities such as houseless folks and the queer community). In response to COVID-19, they are also producing hand sanitizer, and have produced and distributed over 15,000 individual bottles to houseless folks and others in need, primarily through direct service organizations. 

    They are in need of financial support to their gofundme page to continue procuring the materials needed for this operation. They said financial support has slowed down a lot, and their production depends on this source to continue. Visit  their GoFundMe page to contribute.

    Rosewood Initiative

    Rosewood Initiative provides a connection to basic needs resources for vulnerable individuals and families in outer East Portland. Their community center usually provides an array of services. Though the center is now closed, they continue to connect with families via other means, and help families with basic needs like food, rent, and utilities, as well as resource navigation. They have a particular need right now for donations of books for school aged children. Contact to arrange a donation. They also have set up two funds for financial donations. Visit their website, for more information.

    Street Roots

    Street Roots continues to do vital work supporting the houseless population of Portland and advocating for the needs of this community. The need during this time is enormous. Support their vendor assistance fund to provide direct assistance to Street Roots vendors, and financial support for the many initiatives and programs they run. To make a financial donation, please visit here. If you want to read more about the specific ways this money supports individuals in our community, check out Kaia Sand, Street Roots’ executive director, on Twitter.

    Urban League of Portland

    The Urban League of Portland is the foremost civil rights and services agency dedicated to Black Oregonians. They work for stable housing, workforce development, community health,  education and well-being for youth, adults and seniors. Their culturally specific programs and services, combined with our powerful advocacy and civic engagement, empowers Black communities to thrive across Oregon and SW Washington.

    Urban League of Portland is specifically working to address the digital divide in their communities. They have a huge need formodern, safe internet enabled devices like chromebooks, laptops, larger size tablets, etc.  If you have a device that might work, you can  contact to arrange pickup or dropoff. The need is in the thousands for these devices.  Also- watch this space for an updated Amazon wish list coming soon from the organization.

    Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project

    Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project runs a community space that is built by and for day laborers. This is where immigrant, refugee, Latino, and Black day laborers connect for work, and where they host programs, classes, and trainings. Their center continues to be a resource for workers to make connections, get food, and learn about assistance and resources. These are vital services for this population. In addition, Voz is doing regular outreach to day laborers on street corners on how to care for themselves during COVID-19. About 30% of their membership is houseless and an overwhelming majority is monolingual Spanish-speaking. For many, Voz functions as their only or major source of information and access to resources. 

    Voz is in need of volunteers to help with their food pantry, such as sorting and organizing donations, seeking donations, coordinating logistics to receive donations, and doing door-step deliveries to workers’ homes. They provide face masks and gloves and follow distancing guidelines. For direct contact and more information, contact Mo Taylor at

    They also need items for their worker center, including: a small/mini refrigerator, on-site portable toilet rooms, outside hand-washing station, soap and hand sanitizer, disinfecting cleaning wipes, 300 gardening gloves. Contact the worker center director to arrange donations or ask questions:, 503-234-2043.

    William Temple House

    William Temple House operates a food pantry and low- to no-cost mental health counseling services in Portland. They are one of the only organizations around that offers mental health care that is truly accessible to all. They continue to provide these services while constantly adapting their service model for safety. They are usually funded in large part through their thrift store, which has also closed. They are in need of volunteers and donations to continue their impactful work in our community. 

    William Temple House has an ongoing need for volunteers, especially assisting in the food pantry. Volunteers prepare boxes of food from shopping lists created by staff and clients. Boxes are brought upstairs where clients wait outside under canopies. Social distancing is maintained and all staff and volunteers wear masks and gloves. Before- and after-hours, the pantry is stocked and hygiene items organized. The William Temple House Director of Volunteers and Outreach, Cliff Johnson, can be reached at (503) 715-0248 or

    The food pantry also provides basic hygiene products to clients. Monetary donations help them purchase items in bulk at a lower cost, but actual products — full or travel-sizes — are also appreciated. Phoebe O’Meara, Social Services Program Coordinator, can be reached at (503) 715-0318 or  Items their clients request and need include toilet paper; shampoo; conditioner; lotion; soap (bars or liquid); razors; shaving cream; toothpaste; toothbrushes; menstrual products; baby diapers. When the thrift store re-opens in June, they will again be looking for gently used clothing, household goods, and furniture to be donated for resale to benefit their social service programs. Please call 503-222-3328 for information about donating, or find information on the website.

    Woodlawn Farmers’ Market

    The Woodlawn Farmers Market, a project of the Woodlawn Neighborhood Association, is located in the heart of our neighborhood in Northeast Portland, Oregon. They contribute to the revitalization of Woodlawn through our place-based, food-focused initiatives, including a SNAP matching program. They have been significantly impacted by the financial fall-out of Covid-19, and are looking for support to continue their good work. You can contribute financially at their website. They are also (awkwardly, as they say), on the lookout for a porta-potty to use for vendors during the market– due to limited access of surrounding businesses, this would help them greatly. 

    Finally, volunteers are always needed to help out at the market, every Saturday through October.  Email for more information!

    YOUTH (Youth Organized and United To Help)

    YOUTH provides a variety of culturally responsive workshops and services. They serve populations who often fall through the cracks of other services, and are hardest hit by the pandemic. They are currently running a book drive to collect books for underserved youth in Portland. Their book drive is a way to share hope with families in need throughout the Portland metro area.  

    YOUTH needs volunteers to help sort and deliver books. They also need donations of books that are for a diverse age range and culturally diverse in subject matter. You can visit their website to get in contact or learn more.

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