The Portland Trail Blazers announced Monday that they have put together a Coronavirus Relief Fund to help non-profit organizations in Oregon impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Building on their $1.4 million relief fund announced last week, the Trail Blazers organization, its players, and its charity foundation will join forces to supply funding and support for various organizations in the Portland area.
Trail Blazers organization, foundation & players establish COVID-19 emergency relief fund & online resource center.
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 23, 2020
As part of the NBA’s goal of raising north of $50 million in relief efforts, the Trail Blazers are setting the Portland standard in true fashion, adding continued donations to a growing number of $35 million to date.
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“We are proud of our community for stepping up to support one another in this time of crisis,” said Chris McGowan, president and CEO of the Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter. “We are committed to using our platform to both raise funds and connect people to the resources they need during these challenging times.”
For those with the ability to help, you can visit the Portland Trail Blazers donation page and give what you can. To those affected by pandemic shutdowns and day-to-day life alterations, The Rose Quarter has set up a very useful Resource Center.
In addition to funds, the Trail Blazers and their charity foundation have reached out to help battle hunger in Portland as city workers step up their hours and closures cut families off from their typical meal programs.
“The Trail Blazers and Levy have donated over 5,000 pounds of food to Urban Gleaners in partnership with Sysco Food Services of Portland since closing our doors to the public on March 12,” reads the release. “Over 48,000 pounds of food has been donated since starting the program in 2014, providing food for thousands of children and families and diverting thousands of pounds of food waste.”