Soccer clubs announce plan to assist game-day workere, others, during COVID-19 cancellations.

(PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL) - Timber Joey, mascot of Portland's men's soccer club, will host reading sessions for children homebound due to social distancing and the coronavirus. (PMG photo: Christopher Oertell)The Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns on Tuesday, March 17, announced several programs to assist game-day employees of the soccer clubs and others in the community. Among them:

• Peregrine Sports, the company that owns the Timbers and Thorns and is run by Merritt Paulson, is creating a fund to assist part-time staff by paying them for games that are canceled. Details about the Stand Together Assistance Fund will be explained next week to impacted staff members, including game-day and merchandise employees.

• The organization is donating approximately 1,000 pounds of perishable food to Life UP, a non-profit that serves low-income residents of downtown and northwest neighborhoods.

• An unspecified amount of money donated to the Oregon Community Fund's Oregon COVID-19 Pooled Fund.

• Timbers and Thorns staff members and their families will write notes of appreciation to area seniors who receive Meals on Wheels and to health care workers.

• Employees will take thank-you packages to workers for Providence health care.

• Timber Joey will host reading sessions for homebound children each Tuesday and Thursday via YouTube, the Stand Together Instagram Live feed and on the Timbers and Thorns' Facebook pages.

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