MLS in the community: Timbers fund awards $40,000 in grants

The Portland Timbers awarded $40,000 in grants to five educational, environmental and community-focused nonprofit organizations in the greater-Portland area through the Portland Timbers Community Fund, pushing community spending to $4.6 million in cash and in-kind donations since the team joined MLS eight years ago.

The Community Fund grants went to Grow Portland, KairosPDX, Off the Sideline, the Oregon Children’s Theatre and Saturday Academy, which will be recognized at halftime of Saturday's Timbers-Colorado Rapids match on Saturday.

The recipients were selected by the Community Fund advisory board, which includes partners adidas, Alaska Airlines and Providence Health & Services.

The grants will be used to, among other things, provide:

--3,000 students at seven schools garden-based lessons in urban food production;
--160 students hands-on health and wellness activities;
--20-35 low-income children in grades 5-9 sports scholarships in Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties;
-- 5,550 theater tickets and companion books to low-income students as well as teacher resource guides and student playbills to 230 educators.
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