make it better Programs
Since 1995, the Trail Blazers have opened the doors to the Moda Center to host the annual Harvest Dinner. Trail Blazers players, coaches, broadcasters, local media and make it better volunteers team up with corporate partners and local social service agencies, school districts, and non profits to serve hot, holiday style meals and provide numerous other services to thousands of homeless, low-income individuals and families at the Moda Center. Past events have also featured additional services such as free pet care, medical advice, free phone calls courtesy of Cricket wireless, free haircuts courtesy of Great Clips, the Wells Fargo Kids Corner and more (services vary from year to year). The Trail Blazers are dedicated to help make it better for our friends and neighbors in need.
Encourage your school to Read Big and score with the Trail Blazers! Students who complete the Read Big program are each eligible to earn one free ticket to a Trail Blazers game. Simply click the link below to get your school started. Read Big, pass it on!
Season of Giving
The Trail Blazers participate in the NBA Cares Season of Giving each December. Whether hosting holiday parties for children and families who might not have a reason to celebrate, adopting classrooms and providing gifts for those who might not otherwise receive one, or bringing a little cheer to a childrens hospital, the Trail Blazers team, staff and alumni can be found across the Portland Metropolitan area working with a variety of organizations throughout the month of December to make it better during the holiday season.
Heart of the Community Awards
Each year, The Portland Trail Blazers and Hands On Greater Portland host the Heart of the Community Awards, honoring exemplary volunteers who have made significant contributions through service. Presented at a lunchtime ceremony in February, the awards promote volunteerism in the community and call attention to local individuals and organizations that model outstanding volunteer leadership. Award winners are chosen in six categories, including Heart of the Community Award, Individual Volunteer Award, Youth Leadership Award, Volunteer Innovation Award, Hands On Volunteer Award, and the Corporate Volunteer Award.
All proceeds from the event benefit Hands On Greater Portland, Portlands volunteer center dedicated to matching individuals of all ages with nonprofit organizations throughout the Portland area. Hands On Greater Portland is the community partner of www.trailblazers.com, where Trail Blazers fans can find opportunities to help make it better by volunteering in our community.
Black History Month
The Portland Trail Blazers spend the month of February celebrating Black History Month in partnership with local non-profits. As part of the month-long celebration, the Trail Blazers honor extraordinary African-American leaders and community members at home games.
Black History Month is a time for Americans to bear witness to the progress, richness and diversity of African-American achievement. Its origins trace back to 1926, when Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the second black to ever receive a Ph.D from Harvard University, inaugurated Negro History Week. The program evolved into Black History Month in 1976.