Trail Blazer “3’s for Trees” Program Hits 14,000 Trees Already

Trail Blazer “3’s for Trees” Program Hits 14,000 Trees Already

Portland, OR. The regular NBA season doesn’t end until April 10th, but the Trail Blazers have already hit enough three-point shots to earn over 14,000 trees to plant. The Blazers are teaming again with Daimler Trucks North America and Friends of Trees to plant three trees for every three point field goal made during the 2018-19 regular season. Last season, the “3’s for Trees”  program helped plant over 15,000 trees. (Photo credit, Justin Tucker)

Christa Stout, Vice President of Social Responsibility for the Portland Trail Blazers explains, “Planting over 15,000 trees is an incredible milestone, and it has been amazing to see the transformation of the Sandy River Delta over the past four seasons. We are proud to partner with these two amazing organizations that continue to make a positive impact on our environment.”

Scott Fogarty, Executive Director of Friends of Trees; Eileen Frack, Daimler’s General Manager of Human Resources; and Christa Stout celebrated the program at the Blazers 2018-19 season opener. 

Trail Blazers and Daimler volunteers helped plant the “3’s for Trees” saplings last spring. 

Daimler Trucks North America helped Friends of Trees plant the 15,000th tree in the Sandy River Delta. Thanks to the reforestation of this area, native wildlife has returned to the Delta to live and breed for the first time in many years. After the regular season, volunteers will be out planting again. You can join a Friends of Trees planting event to help plant all these trees. Learn more at friendsoftrees.org.

From Friends of Trees:

Friends of Trees was founded in 1989 by a community member who loved trees and started planting them in Portland neighborhoods. Today, Friends of Trees is a nationally recognized, regional leader in improving the urban tree canopy and restoring sensitive natural areas—through programs delivered by thousands of volunteers. Friends of Trees greens our region while growing community.

Since our founding Friends of Trees has planted 750,000+ trees and native plants with thousands and thousands and thousands of volunteers in 120+ neighborhoods in six counties across two states.

Whether it’s a forest created from our canopy of urban trees or the forest to come from our restoration plantings in sensitive natural areas, there is no doubt that the trees planted by Friends of Trees play a vital role our region’s livability. Given rising temperatures and all that we know about the cooling and cleansing effects of trees, it’s easy to see how our work improves our natural environment. But what’s really something else is the people-power: the trees we plant are actually planted by 6,000+ volunteers every planting season.

 

 

DoveLewis Animal Hospital Offers Financial Assistance for Unpaid Federal Workers

DoveLewis Animal Hospital Offers Financial Assistance for Unpaid Federal Workers

Portland, OR. DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital is extending its financial assistance program to help all unpaid federal workers affected by the government shutdown. “We believe that pets are an important part of our lives, especially during difficult times,” said DoveLewis President and CEO Ron Morgan. “Supporting our community is an integral part of our mission, and we want to do what we can to help relieve some of the stress these families are experiencing.”

The DoveLewis Velvet Assistance Fund, a donor-supported financial assistance program, will be available to relieve some of the cost of emergency animal medical care through the duration of the shutdown. Eligible employees must be directly affected by the furlough and must show their furlough letter along with their matching state-issued government identification.

The Velvet Assistance Fund, which relies solely on donations from community members, is offered to low-income pet owners and covers up to $750 for animals with a good prognosis. Federal employees will receive the same offer for their pets experiencing emergency medical needs.

Each year, the DoveLewis Velvet Assistance Fund helps more than 1,700 pets and families.

From DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital:

DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, established in 1973 and based in Portland, Oregon, is the only nonprofit, 24-hour emergency and intensive care unit in the region. With 45 years of service to the community, DoveLewis has treated more than 500,000 animals. DoveLewis also has seven donor-supported community programs that serve animals in need and the animal-loving community. For more information, please visit dovelewis.org.

 

Cascade AIDS Project Honors Heroes on World AIDS Day

Cascade AIDS Project Honors Heroes on World AIDS Day

Portland, OR. Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) commemorated World AIDS Day by celebrating several people and organizations. CAP honored those dedicated to supporting and empowering all people with or affected by HIV, reducing stigma, and providing the LGBTQ+ community with compassionate healthcare. The City of Portland was honored at the December 3rd event, which was held at the Hilton. Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Mayor Ted Wheeler, Cascade AIDS Project Executive director Tyler TerMeer and Commissioner Nick Fish all posed for a photo.

CAP supporters marked World AIDS Day, which takes place on the 1st of December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

This was the 30th anniversary of World Aids Day. Founded in 1988, it was the first ever global health day.

Here’s more information about those honored at the CAP event:

One of those honored was Kathleen Saadat. She’s is an activist and community organizer who has dedicated her life to social justice. Today, Ms. Kathleen Saadat continues her work as a private consultant and trainer in the areas of human diversity, organization development, and as a motivational speaker.Kathleen began her service by earning a BA in Psychology at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, holding several managerial positions with the City of Portland’s CETA Job Training Programs in the 1970’s and 80’s and the position of Executive Director for the Oregon State Commission on Black Affairs.

From 1987 to 1990, Kathleen was appointed by former Oregon Governor Neil Goldschmidt to State Director of Affirmative Action.From 1990-1992, she was Assistant to Portland City Commissioner Gretchen Kafoury.From 1997 to 2001, she was Strategic Plan Coordinator for Multnomah County and Oregon’s Department of Community and Family Services.From 2005 to 2011, Kathleen joined Cascade AIDS Project as Manager of Communities of Color Initiative and was promoted to Director of Diversity and Human Resources.From 2011-2016, she served the City of Portland as Manager of Diversity and Affirmative Action and then as Chair, of the Community Oversight Advisory Board. Early in 2018, after a lifetime of singing, Kathleen released her first recording album Love for Sale.

Kathleen Sadaat has earned numerous achievement awards for her continued service to the Portland community. Kathleen received lifetime achievement awards from Portland PFLAG Black Chapter and Portland’s Equity Foundation. She was listed as one of 100 Who Lead, in Oregon; received the Woman of Achievement Award from Oregon State University; received two Portland Lesbian Community Project’s Spirit of Portlandia Awards for Leadership; the Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Award; the Harvey Milk Award; a Civil Liberties Award from the Oregon chapter of the ACLU; the Phoenix Rising Jack Abele award; and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Arts Foundation in recognition of her contributions to the efforts to “Keep Living the Dream” of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.The Lifetime Achievement Award from Oregon Black PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is now named after Kathleen.

Corporate Hero – Edward J. Reeves / Stoel Rives

Edward Reeves is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA as one of the top Labor and Employment lawyers in Oregon. Mr. Edward J. Reeves received his B.A. degree from Yale University and his J.D. degree from Boston University Law School. He is currently a senior counsel in the Portland office of Stoel Rives LLP, a 375-attorney firm with offices throughout the Pacific and Intermountain Northwest.

Since 1984, Edward’s practice has focused on labor and employment, civil rights and education law. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Oregon State Bar Association, Washington State Bar Association, and the Oregon Gay and Lesbian Law Association. He was program chair of the original Lavender Law Conference held in San Francisco in 1988 and a cofounder of the National LGBT Bar Association. Edward Reeves started working with Cascade AIDS Project from its beginning in 1983. He has contributed the highest level of pro bono services of anyone in CAP’s history aroundlegal advice for HR issues and trainings for management.

Edward Reeves has been honored with numerous awards for his civil rights work including the Oregon State Bar’s Affirmative Action Award in 1991, the Basic Rights Oregon Superheroes Award in 2004 and the Cascade AIDS Project Torchbearer Award in 2006. He is the author of numerous articles including “Equality or Further Discrimination? Sexual Orientation Nondiscrimination in Oregon Statutory Employment Law After Tanner v. OHSU,” 3 J. Small & Emerging Bus. L. 269 (1999) and “Before ENDA: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Protections in the Workplace Under Federal Law,” 20 J. Law & Sexuality 61 (2011).

Community Hero – City of Portland

The City of Portland is deeply committed to equality and to inclusive public health, and are proud to partner with the Cascade AIDS Project. In 2016, the City approved a Special Appropriation to support Prism Health – reflecting in their shared values around ensuring access to high-quality healthcare for the LGBTQ+ community. The City of Portland looks forward to continuing to work with Cascade AIDS Project to protect the rights of all community members who are living with HIV/AIDS.

CAP’s strength, as with all organizations fighting to end HIV, comes from the community banding together, united in a common cause.The City of Portland is an ally helping CAP achieve its mission of supporting and empowering all people with or affected by HIV, reducing stigma, and providing the LGBTQ+ community with compassionate healthcare. We recognize the City of Portland for their continued support for all community members.

From CAP:
CAP is the oldest and largest community-based provider of HIV services, housing, education and advocacy in Oregon and Southwest Washington

Founded in 1983, Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) is the oldest and largest AIDS Service Organization in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Our Mission: We support and empower all people with or affected by HIV, reduce stigma, and provide the LGBTQ+ community with compassionate healthcare.

With a staff of approximately 60, and a volunteer corps of over 700 individuals providing 20,000 hours of service each year, CAP manages a diverse array of programs and an annual budget of $4.2 million. Fifteen percent of CAP’s staff live with HIV, 25% identify from communities of color, and 30% are bilingual. A committed 14-member volunteer Board of Directors provides strategic guidance and oversight to ensure CAP accomplishes its mission and continues to operate with integrity and transparency.

Following is a brief overview of just a few of CAP’s programs:

• Pivot, a men’s wellness center, is open evenings and weekends to provide education, prevention, social and cultural programming, HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing, and much more. Pivot served over 2,000 individuals last year and tested 743 men for HIV and STIs.

• Last year, Oregon’s AIDS/STD hotline fielded over 4,500 calls from throughout Oregon about HIV and STIs. We’ve added a new on-line searchable database and live chat features.

• Latinos Unidos Enfrentando el SIDA (LUES) provides culturally-driven HIV prevention education in the Latino community. Last year LUES reached nearly 1,600 people through training, HIV/STI testing, and outreach events. In addition, LUES launched an innovative and popular radionovela series including characters living with HIV/AIDS.

• CAP’s Youth HIV Education program connected with over 1,000 youth through youth-facilitated workshops, and served an additional 2,581 youth through outreach, including distributing 7,602 in safer sex supplies.

• Short and Long-Term Housing Support. Last year, we provided housing services to 583 people living with HIV and developed 58 new housing opportunities. We also distributed just over $100,000 to 204 people in emergency assistance, and nearly 80% of those people still had stable housing six months after receiving assistance.

• CAP’s Family Support programs, encompassing CAP’s Kids Camp, Kids’ Connection, and Teens.Recreation.Education.Community, served 130 HIV-affected and -infected children in 66 families by offering a full menu of support programs.

For more information: http://www.cascadeaids.org/

Amazon Surprises Human Solutions with $100,000 Financial Contribution

Amazon Surprises Human Solutions with $100,000 Financial Contribution

Portland, OR. Amazon delivered holiday cheer with a donation of essential items, Prime Book Boxes and toys to show support for children and families at Human Solutions, a nonprofit dedicated to helping thousands of Oregon families build pathways out of homelessness and poverty since 1988.

The December 11th morning was filled with holiday spirit as Amazonians from Portland’s local fulfillment center spent the day helping families decorate cookies, play games like toss the ring on the reindeer, take family keepsake portraits and listen to holiday stories.

The holiday fun and smiles didn’t stop there. To further support Human Solutions’ operations and mission to end homelessness in greater Portland, Amazon made a surprise $100,000 donation – the largest non-restricted corporate donation in the organization’s history.

“Human Solutions is deeply grateful for this generous investment from Amazon that will fuel our work fighting homelessness and housing instability,” said Andy Miller, Human Solutions Executive Director. “It is together with partners like Amazon that we will create a community where everyone has a safe place to call home.”

The donation is part of Amazon’s annual holiday campaign to celebrate with communities near its fulfillment centers by making over $1 million in donations to nonprofits supporting homeless families across the U.S.

“This holiday season, Amazon is giving back to the communities where our employees live and work, and we’re thrilled to support Human Solutions as part of this initiative,” said Mike Moore, General Manager of Amazon’s Troutdale fulfillment center. “Human Solutions has given so much to the community for the last 30 years through their dedication to helping families find pathways out of poverty, and we’re excited to be partners in this important work.”

Joining Amazon employees and families served by Human Solutions were Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, State Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson, and State Representatives Carla Piluso, Jeff Reardon, and Alissa Keny-Guyer.

SOLVE Gears up for 2019

SOLVE Gears up for 2019

Portland, OR. Do you need a reason to get outside this winter? SOLVE has the answer. Organizers says, “Fresh air and camaraderie are included. Blisters and sweat are optional.” Last year nearly 30,000 people pitched in at more than 900 different SOLVE projects throughout Oregon. You can get involved by signing up at this link.

Over 300,000 pounds of trash was removed from parks, streets and other public places in 2018.

SOLVE not only removed tons of litter, volunteers also planted at least 14,000 native trees and shrubs.

Is your company looking for team building opportunities? There’s an “Out of Office, Into Nature program.” https://www.solveoregon.org/corporate-volunteering

From SOLVE:

Our Mission Is Simple.

SOLVE is a statewide, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to bring Oregonians together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship. We are dedicated to developing relationships among different groups, individuals, and businesses in pursuit of a common goal: to protect and preserve the places that make up our uniquely beautiful home. SOLVE mobilizes one of Oregon’s largest volunteer networks to clean up our beaches, parks, neighborhoods, and other natural spaces through litter cleanups, invasive plant removal, planting native trees and shrubs, and other environmental projects. We annually support nearly 30,000 volunteers in 900 projects throughout the state.

Originally called S.O.L.V. (Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism), SOLVE was founded by Governor Tom McCall and other community leaders in 1969 to address the need for community action in our ever-growing state.

 

 

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