The City of Portland is teaming up with the Corporate Volunteer Council and several local businesses to sponsor a Corporate Volunteer Challenge to encourage Portlanders to help each other during these tough economic times.

Mayor Adams, local businesses and a special guest will kick off the Corporate Volunteer Challenge this Friday, March 26, at 9:30 a.m. with a volunteering event at School House Supplies, located on Madison High School’s campus (2735 NE 82nd Portland, OR 97220).

"The success of our community is dependent upon all of us," said Mayor Sam Adams. "The Corporate Volunteer Challenge is designed to provide businesses with resources to help them promote volunteerism among their employees and recognize their efforts in a very visible way. By working together, we will make Portland an even more vibrant, livable and prosperous city."

Volunteerism has increased by 1.5 million people nationwide in the last year. Portland is currently the number two city for volunteerism, with a 36.7 percent volunteer rate—6.6 percent higher than the national average. Through the Corporate Volunteer Challenge, Portland hopes to increase this rate and take the number one spot.

Participating businesses include: Comcast, Gabriel Boone Photography, Intel, ODS, Portland General Electric, Regence, The Standard, the Portland Trail Blazers, and Umpqua Bank. In addition to local government and business leaders, youth and mentors from Oregon Mentors’ programs, including Big Brothers Big Sisters and Impact Northwest, will participate. Volunteers will sort donations of school supplies and stock shelves. Weather permitting, volunteers will also work on the nearby community garden and skate park.

As part of the Portland is Better Together campaign, the Corporate Volunteer Challenge provides a great opportunity for businesses to give back to the local community while networking with other businesses. For more volunteer resources, to sign up for the Corporate Volunteer Challenge and for more ways to “Give Help, Get Help and Choose Local,” visit the Portland is Better Together Web site.

Follow these links for more information on the Corporate Volunteer Challenge and to view a list of participating businesses.