Apr 242017
 

Make a positive impact in the lives of kids and families on the west side of Portland, and represent Rose City Riveters at the same time!

The 107 Independent Supporters’ Trust, along with Embrace Oregon and other west side friends, are coming together to complete TWO major family visitation room remodels at the Beaverton DHS offices (foster care system) this June.

One family visitation room will have a Portland Thorns theme. Rose City Riveters will design the room, which will include a Thorns and Riveters-themed mural.

The room’s purpose is to provide a safe, comfortable space for children & teens who are in foster care to spend their average of one hour weekly with a birth parent. This is an intimate, critical point of connection for both the children whose lives have been turned upside down, and for the biological parents who are working hard to get their kids back. A room that is homey and warm speaks value and worth to both the children and their families.

The rooms are also utilized when children are removed from their home and are sitting in the child welfare office, awaiting placement. Volunteers will play with kids for an average of 5-7 hours while the caseworker tries to find a foster placement. Having an inviting space with activities is very helpful in this instance as well. These rooms will be a reminder to kids, teens, parents, guardians, and DHS staff that they are valued, and will also leave a lasting legacy of love from the Timbers, Thorns, TA, and Riveters.

The total budget for both rooms is $10,000, but with the generous in-kind support of local businesses and the 107ist (Timbers Army & RCR) directly, we are already halfway there! The money raised will all go to the direct expenses of furniture not donated, new flat screen TVs and game systems, paint and paint supplies, shelving and wall mounts, etc.

The makeover itself will take place over the first two weeks of June, so the sooner we can complete the fundraising, the better! To donate, click here.

Aug 052013
 

The 107ist provided the space, the cloth, the paint, and the rigging. It would have been rather more difficult to pull off without these things.

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On the (wo)manpower side, Cory, Holly, and Lexi came up with the idea.
Cory designed it and drew all the players. Holly put the drawings into a computer and pushed the pixels around. Lexi and Mike got everything organized and arranged for the space and for people to help. (60.5 hours)

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On July 22, Cory, Holly, Chrissie, Igor, and Michelle spent a night tracing the first half of the image onto cloth. Then, on July 25, Holly, Chrissie, Michelle, Rachel, and Nichol spent another night tracing the second half. (43.5 hours)

 

 
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July 27 was the big day. Holly, Chrissie, Igor, Michelle, Rachel, Lexi, Richard, Patch, Kevin, Sara, Joshua, Chuckles, Sato, Miranda, Richard, Brittney, Justin, Jade, Luke, John, Marcello, Julie, Todd, Vanessa, Warren, Paul, Kristin, Mo, Kim, Marnie, Syd, Janet, Patrick, Megan, Thomas, Isabella, Teresa, Heather, and Gabby spent a beautiful afternoon indoors and painted the whole thing including the explosion two-sticks. Straight From New York donated a whole pile of delicious pizzas at the painting party. They are Thorns fans and we love them. (186.25 hours)

On July 30, Cory, Holly, Chrissie, and Rachel went back for another night to do touchups and repaint the green grass which had originally been painted an unfortunate wan shade of guacamole. (22 hours)

Then, on August 1, Cory, Holly, Chrissie, Michelle, Rachel, Lexi, Richard, Patch, Luke, Todd, Paul, Kristin, Kim, Marnie, Gabby,  Nissa, and Kristen rolled streamers, taped instruction sheets to them, and did some last touchups on the paint and spent some time finalizing the Cindy Parlow Cone element. (42 hours)

Game day was August 4. Cory, Holly, Chrissie, Igor, Michelle, Lexi, Patch, Chuckles, Sato, Todd, Vanessa, Paul, Kristin, Kim, Marnie, Janet, Teresa, Gabby, Nick, Alex, Kris, Heidi, John, Lane, Jonanna, Todd, Mike, RyanRhonda, Doug, Sara, Dennis, Sunday, Lora, and a ton of wonderful volunteers pulled ropes, lifted heavy things, distributed streamers and flags, and generally pitched in to make the whole thing happen on game day. (20.5+ hours)

So, 60+ people (374.75+ person-hours) and a staggering amount of donated material. That’s where it came from.

Please support the 107ist. We would absolutely not have been able to do any of this without them. This organization is a major part of what makes us the best supporters in the league. You can support by joining them or by buying Riveters or Timbers Army merchandise.

Thank you all so much for everything you did to make this happen. Here’s hoping we need another one for the playoffs. Stay tuned.