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Blazers Turn Focus to Community Support

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Following the announcement of a fund aimed at assisting part-time employees, the Trail Blazers are now shifting their focus to the community.

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The Trail Blazers announced that they are allocating funds to local resources to assist in the response to COVID-19. Today’s news follows the organization’s commitment to provide funds for part-time workers that were impacted by the NBA’s current hiatus.

Trail Blazers digital reporter Casey Holdahl detailed the new program on Monday.

The organization announced on Monday the creation of a COVID-19 relief fund with the goal of supporting local non-profits impacted by the pandemic. Some of the donations will also be used to support the Oregon Community Foundation’s COVID-10 Pooled Fund, which is doling out resources for community-based organizations that are already confronting the outbreak and its economic repercussions.

The efforts of the Trail Blazers are a part of the NBA’s “NBA Together” campaign, which seeks to raise awareness about prevention of COVID-19 while also raising money for those effected by the pandemic. More than $35 million of a $50 million goal has already been donated by NBA and WNBA teams and players.

Along with those funds, the Blazers also launched a virtual resource center that can be accessed by clicking here.

The NBA suspended the 2019-20 season on March 11 due to the spread of COVID-19.