Over the years the Portland Marathon, a 501(c)3, has made independent donations from its general fund to a variety of local charities and organizations. Additionally, through the Going The Distance Foundation and the Marathon Direct Giving Program, many direct donations are given to our volunteer groups.
The Portland Marathon recruits over 4,500 volunteers annually to assist with our event. Our volunteer program has served as a vehicle for providing school and organizational credit and experience for a host of local charities, nonprofits, sport, school, and service clubs. It also provides a wonderful sense of community for so many who come to Portland to participate in the events of the Portland Marathon. Volunteer teams have fun, work together and benefit from being involved in a great community event. The Direct Giving Program provides an ability to earn not only experience, but also a donation for volunteering.
This unique program is based on the concept of utilizing available financial resources that come in to the Portland Marathon for another charity or organization, which in turn then helps another charity, organization or worthwhile cause. While we cannot guarantee any specific amount to any group, the Portland Marathon has been fortunate, in recent years, to be sufficiently funded so that we have been able to allocate a certain percentage of our resources to this program each year.
The Portland Marathon is a charitable community event supported by the city, sponsors, and also by other charitable groups. Each year the funds available to us vary, and the donations vary, accordingly. However, giving the funds is a pleasure for us because we really do see it benefiting many other worthwhile projects. Each year we have many success stories shared with us on how the program continues to benefit others.
This year teams will also have the opportunity to raise funds for an official Portland Marathon charity. If that is something your group is interested in doing, please indicate that in the appropriate place on the team application.
Who Is Eligible:
The Portland Marathon welcomes volunteers from local charities, nonprofits, schools, service clubs, scouting groups, school sports teams and clubs, athletic teams and school projects such as post graduation parties. Also included are civic related projects such as trail and park clean up, programs to help the needy and general charity fund raising. Volunteer Teams are not required to participate in the Direct Giving Program. However, to be eligible as a Direct Giving Team, a group must be comprised of at least 15 members, and must submit IRS documentation of nonprofit status to Helen at:firstname.lastname@example.org
Examples of organizations that have participated and benefited by their participation in the program are:
A.C. E. International
Adopt A Minefield
Aloha HS Leadership
Beaverton Blaze Girls Softball Team
Beta Sigma Phi-Eta Theta Chapter
Blue Back Submarine Council, US Navy League
Boy Scout Troops
Bridlemile Soccer Club
Burlingame Medical International
Centennial HS Cross Country
Central HS Cross-Country Team
Central Catholic HS Cross Country
Clackamas County Dog 4H Club
Clackamas HS Cavalier Cheer
Clackamas HS Wrestling Team
Clackamas HS Cross Country Team
Clackamas Women’s Services
Cleveland HS Cross Country Teams
Cleveland HS Wrestling Team
Centennial High School Girls Cross Country Team
Club 185 Striders
Columbia County Relay For Life- Educators For Life Team
Columbia River HS Band
Corrado Hall at U.O.P.
Creston School PTA
Explorer Post #58
Families Supporting Independence Inc
Forest Grove HS Cross Country Team
Forest Grove HS Grad Night
Forest Grove Youth Basketball
Forest Park Conservatory
Franklin HS Cross Country Teams
Franklin HS Girls Cross Country Team
Fulton Community Center
Families Supporting Independence (FSI)
Girl Scout Troops
“Girls On The Go”
Gladstone Jr Baseball Assn
Gladstone HS Swim Team
Glencoe HS Cross Country Team
Glencoe HS Lacrosse Team
Global Citizen Corps
Grant HS Cross Country Team
Greyhound Pets of America
Gym Nest All Star Cheerleading
Gym Nest Parents Club
Happy Valley Middle School
Horizon Christian HS Hawks
Lincoln HS Cross Country Team
Madison HS Key Club
McNary HS Cheerleaders
Metro Gymnastic Girls Booster Club
MAC Swim Team
Mountain View HS Key Club
Mountain View Speed Skating Club
Miniature Schnauzer Rescue Inc.
Multnomah Athletic Foundation
Oaks Skating Club
Oregon City HS Girls Soccer Team
Oregon City HS Grad Non- Alcoholic Party
Open Meadows Alternative Schools
Oregon Silver Bullets
Oregon Sports Authority Foundation
Portland Adventist HS Academy Cougars
Portland Hoop Kings
Portland Oregon Horse Patrol
Portland Shockwave, LLC.
Portland Waldorf School
Prairie HS National Honor Society
Reynolds HS Water Polo & Swim Team
Rex Putnam HS Senior Party
Ridgefield HS Concert Chior
Ross Island Early Risers Kiwanis
Rose City Rowing
Run It Back Sports
Sherwood Rotary Club
Scappoose HS Non-Alcoholic Grad Party
Southridge HS JV Cheerleaders
Southridge HS Band
Southridge HS Boosters
Spring Creek 4H Club Sproingers
Supportive Parents of Tigard Students “SPOTS”
St. Mary Academy HS
Sprague HS Cheerleaders
Spring Creek Sproingers 4- H Club
Sunset High School Non-Alcoholic Grad Party
Three Rivers Charter School
Theft Talk Counseling Services, Inc.
The Greater Portland Area Costumers Guild
The National Charity League Blue Heron Chapter
Tigard Community Action
Tigard HS Dance Team
Tigard HS Band Booster Club
Tigard HS Cross Country Team
Tigard HS Thespians
TSA Tourette Syndrome Assn, WA & OR Chapters
Tualatin HS Dance Team
Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club/U14 Sodium
Tualatin Presbyterian Church Youth Group
University of Oregon Alumni Association
US Army Reserve
Venture Crew 432 of Lake Oswego
Volunteer Ministry Corp- Scientology
Warner Pacific College Women’s Soccer Team
Washington Soccer Academy- Reliance
Washougal HS Grad Night
West Linn HS Girls & Boys Cross-Country Team
West Linn HS Soccer Team
West Linn HS Snowboarder Team
West Linn HS Symphonic Band
Washougal HS 2008 Grad Party
West Sylvan Middle School Cross Country Team
Westview HS Key Club
Westview HS Soccer Team
Wilson HS Drag Boats
Wilsonville HS Non-Alcoholic Grad Party
WSA Xplosion Girls Soccer Team
XI Alpha Pi International Sorority Group
Zeta Chi Sorority
After the event, marathon volunteer committee member captains and coordinators assess what the many volunteer groups do for the marathon.
Some of these factors include, but are not limited to:
- The number of volunteers (teams are asked to make a pledge of the number of volunteers who will be provided. Whether those pledges are fulfilled is one criteria assessed.) * Reminder: Direct Giving teams must pledge and provide at least 15 volunteers.
- Work performed (Where, when, and hours)
- Type of Volunteer activity
- Level of enthusiasm
- Level of experience and tenure with the event
- Supervision of youth groups (ratio of supervisor to youth, and effectiveness)
- Registration in the on-line volunteer registration system
The organizations that provide volunteers for the Portland Marathon perform many activities to help the event. Tasks include stuffing packets, helping with registration, course monitoring, clean up, assisting with food, aid stations, medical, and other essential tasks.
After the event, volunteer teams are provided with a letter of appreciation and a charitable donation based upon funds available and their evaluation results. Donation amounts have generally ranged from $100 to $2000. However, we can never guarantee ahead of time the amount which will be available to the program or the amount any particular team will receive. Many of these teams also qualify for community service credits which are a valued addition to their volunteer services. Everyone is a winner in the Direct Giving Program.
If your group or organization has 15 or more people interested in volunteering:
- Register as a Volunteer Team
- (optional) Apply for Direct Giving
- (optional) Fundraise for an Official Charity
To be included in the Volunteer Team Program, a Team captain needs to complete and submit the application form by September 1st for their team:
- Click on the link below.
- Complete the Application
- Indicate if you want to be included in the Direct Giving Program
- Indicate if you want to Fundraise for an Official Charity (instructions will be emailed to you)
- Submit the application.
- If you wish to be included in the Direct Giving Program, email a copy of IRS documentation of nonprofit status to Helen at email@example.com
You will receive a confirmation of application and an assignment, along with a Team Captain user name and password, and a team member password.
Provide the team member password to your individual team members so they can register online with your team.
Individual team members will then need to complete their registration no later than September 15th.
ALL VOLUNTEERS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AN ON LINE VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION FORM FOR ACCESS TO THE CLOSED COURSE AND OTHER EVENT AREAS.
The volunteer system will open by the beginning of June 2013. Check back at that time to submit an application.