Volunteer Info: Blazers Games and Moda Center


The Opportunity - Food for Funds

This is an annual opportunity that kicks off with the Blazer season in October. New nonprofit participants in this program are encouraged to recruit at least 25 volunteers to rotate shifts throughout the season.  Each event only needs 8 – 10 volunteers so you can pick what dates you are available for. Each event shift is about 4 hours in duration. 

Event lists are released 1 month in advance. I should be getting an event schedule for October later this week. FYI - There is NO PRESSURE for us to begin right away. We can start volunteer groups in November or December if that works better for our groups.  My goal is to have a solid group of rotating volunteers by January 2019. 

The Requirements


Each volunteer must obtain an OLCC alcohol service permit and a Food Handler's card. The total for both of these is about $40.00. Om Thrive will pay these fees for you if you can commit to at least 1 event per month. 

Each volunteer will also be provided with an Om Thrive logo volunteer T-Shirt and Baseball cap. If you commit to 1 event per month you will be allowed to retain your uniform for the duration of the season. Otherwise, you will be asked to return your shirt and cap at the end of your shift.

Finally, each volunteer must purchase a pair of non-slip Black shoes. I have 15% off coupons available for the Safe Step brand available at Payless Shoe Stores. I did a bit of research and most people can grab a pair of non-slip Chuck Taylor style shoes for about $35. Note - this expense will be reimbursed to you if you commit to at least 1 event per month.

The Work


At each event Om Thrive Volunteers will either have a concession stand of our own selling non-fried items, or be operating Front of House while trained professionals work Back of House. This depends on the demand of stands available and the number of volunteers we have for the event.

Each volunteer will be provided a free meal for each event worked. Everyone is expected to sell beer except volunteers under the age of 18.  Minors aged 16 - 18 are welcome at Providence Park events only. 

The Outcome


If we can successfully put together a reliable volunteer team Om Thrive can earn $20,000 in just 6 months by working 3 - 5 events per month! 

Again, I want to thank you so much for your interest in this opportunity!

Please share this information with ANYONE you think would be interested in supporting Om Thrive in our mission to provide healing yoga practice to survivors of domestic violence and abuse.

Please contact Day Bibb at 352-322-9019 or day@omthrive.org if you are interested in volunteering or supporting Om Thrive’s mission in other ways.
Thank you!

PDX Events: Rose City Wellness Week

Portland's nickname (Rose City) was inspired by a small gesture of generosity. A man allowing neighbors to freely clip roses from his front yard, and by doing so, changed the landscape of this city forever. Native or transplant we are all connected by the city we live in. We want to encourage individuals to take small steps to be kinder, not only to each other but especially to themselves.

September 17th will kick-off a week-long series of experiences activated and led by Masters in Health & Wellness. These programs will focus on six dimensions of holistic wellness (Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, Social, Spiritual, and Environmental). Throughout the week there will be opportunities to engage and learn how movement, art, social interactions, music, education, and food play into our overall well-being.

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What: Sketch the Stretch!
When: September 22, 10:00am
Where: Wacom Experience Center
Reserved Seating: Email (experiencecenter.portland@wacom.com) Eventbrite Link

Yogis: practice live while being sketched by local artists!

Artists: sketch Yogi's in motion using digital or analog methods!

This Stretch the Sketch figure drawing class is designed for those looking to brush up their speed drawing and figured sketching skills – figures provided by Om Thrive yoga.

Both Analog and Digital sketching is invited. Take use of the Wacom Intuos Pro Paper tablets, a Cintiq Pro or Mobile Studio Pro; or bring your own sketchbook and pencils, drawing tablet or preferred medium.

This unique mash up of a live yoga class mixed with figure drawing workshop will be sure to get your pens and pencils moving, as well as your creative juices.

Om Thrive provides healing yoga practice to survivors of domestic violence and abuse. Your support means the world!

Seats are EXTREMELY limited, as are Wacom devices – if you want to reserve a tablet in advance, please contact experiencecenter.portland@wacom.com – subject line Stretch and Sketch figure drawing workshop.

PDX Events: Yoga Views and Brews!

Beautiful yoga practice on Ecotrust Rooftop terrace. Thank you Om Thrive supporters!

PDX Events: Kenton Street Fair

Kenton Street Fair was Sunday, May 20th and we had a blast! Thank you Mo for inviting Om Thrive and giving us such a cool spot next to the Kenton Animal Hospital. We got to chill with all the sweet doggies!

Om Thrive Yoga Teacher: Andrea

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Andrea

Andrea Larreta is from Los Angeles, California. She received her early classical training with dancers formerly of Ballet West, American Ballet Theater, and Basel Ballet. She attended the Idyllwild Arts academy and graduated with honors, spending her summers training with Gelsey Kirkland. Andrea went on to study on scholarship at SMU, attending the Paul Taylor School and Martha Graham School over the summers before graduating with a BFA, Cum Laude, in Dance. In 2006, Andrea moved to Seattle. In Seattle she appeared in works by Deb Wolf, Rainbow Fletcher, Zoe Scofield, and Lauren Edson, among others. Andrea danced with Coriolis Dance Collective for 6 years, during which time the Seattle Times called her a, "diminutive dynamo," (2012) and her choreography, "the most succinct and dynamic in the show," (2013). Andrea has been in Portland since 2015, and has worked in dance and film, including The Portland Opera, Imago Theatre, TransformOtion, Polaris Dance Theater, Wild Rumpus Jazz Dance Company, and Lyrik Dance Company, as well as commercials for the American Music Awards, Goodwill Industries, and Swinomish Casino. While her yoga journey started in high school with some VHS tapes, she didn't start practicing regularly until she joined Urban Yoga Spa in Seattle in 2012. After practicing almost daily for several years, she received her 200 hour RYT certification from CorePower Yoga in 2016. Andrea's class emphasizes linking breath with movement and encourages students to make choices in their flow that best serve their needs.

Pure 8 Hot Yoga Om Thrive Benefit

Our first Om Thrive fundraising event was amazing, inspiring, and a success! I deeply appreciate the support for our mission to make regular and sustained yoga practice accessible to domestic violence/abuse survivors to promote healing and empowerment.

We raised $240 for our program funds. This money will be used to buy bolsters, blocks and blankets for our shelter participants. I cannot thank you enough for your generosity!

Om Thrive Yoga Teacher: Eve

Welcome Eve Parker, yoga instructor and mental health specialist to the Om Thrive family!

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Eve

Embodied practices like yoga and meditation have been repeatedly scientifically proven to be effective at supporting mental health and helping people heal from daily stress to severe and complex trauma. As a mental health therapist, Eve brings 7 years experience in the mental health field to her yoga and mindfulness teaching and is dedicated to bridging the gap between therapies for mind and body to treat mental illness, addictions, and trauma from a holistic standpoint.

Eve enjoys teaching energetic and mindfully-sequenced vinyasa flow, detail-oriented and anatomy-based hatha, and deeply grounding yin practices. She weaves in themes from modern Western psychology, neuroscience, ancient Eastern philosophy, and applications for taking lessons learned on the mat into the rest of life to create a well-rounded practice to nourish mind, body, and spirit.
Eve values cultivating a safe, trauma-informed space in which consent is paramount, making classes accessible to each student's individual anatomy through empowering students to learn and listen to their bodies and through creative use of props and cues.

Om Thrive Yoga Teacher: Heather

I'm so excited to welcome Heather Day to the Om Thrive family. She will be teaching shelter yoga on Saturday mornings. Read her bio below.

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Heather

Heather came to the physical practice of yoga through athleticism and a fondness for Sanskrit and Ganesh, but stuck with yoga because of the inner transformation that she had not anticipated. She believes the practice of yoga through asana practice is a continuous unfolding of the higher self.

Heather believes that when we live in such a wild and unpredictable world, coming to the mat, whether it be in silence or in chant, sivasana or vinyasa, is of utmost importance to sacred balance and self reflection, as all change starts within, and radiates out into the world. She firmly believes in the science and self discovery of yoga changing neurochemistry to reduce anxiety, depression, addiction, and PTSD, as well as increase immunity, and heal maladaptive responses and patterns in our everyday lives, not to mention the strengthening and toning of the physical body.

Heather believes what happens on the mat translates into real life changes, and wants to share that gift with anyone with an open heart and mind. She received her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Karma yoga with Allison Duckworth, with a focus on vinyasa and hatha, completed in June 2017. Her classes tend to be a faster, sweaty mix, with upbeat, sometimes tribal music, humor, and spiritual teachings. Heather has a BA in psychology, and has been a social worker for several years, as well as extra education in holistic nutrition, herbalism, astrology, and environmental science. Heather lives in Portland with her partner and 2 kids, and enjoys cooking, photography, hiking the PNW, and nature, just about as much as yoga. Namaste