Portland Veterans Stand Down

Portland Veterans Stand Down

The Portland Veterans Stand Down – Oregon’s largest – honors and supports Veterans, who are often either experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. Women and men who have served in the military access essential supportive resources and services, employment, and connections to local, state, and federal support. This community-led partnership combines local nonprofits, government officials, corporations, and businesses to welcome more than 400 veterans annually.

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2021 Portland Veterans Stand Down
A Hybrid Event

Presented by HFO Investment Real Estate

Event Update

Join us on September 10th at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum Plaza from 9 AM - 12 PM for a special scaled-down hybrid event. Please note that due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, we are only able to offer limited resources at this year's Stand Down, including:

  • Military Surplus
  • Essential Items
  • COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Veteran Intake for Programs & Services
  • Lunch
  • Robust Resources Guide featuring 100+ Service Providers & Employers

Masks are mandatory at this year's Stand Down and will be provided if needed.

Why Host a Stand Down?

Stand Downs honor and support veterans who have fallen on hard times by helping them access essential supportive services, explore employment opportunities and connect to local, state, and federal support systems. In 2019, more than 450 veterans experiencing homelessness attended the Portland Stand Down, one of Oregon’s largest veteran outreach events. Many who attend the event are connecting to services for the first time - a testament to the engagement potential the Stand Down offers. Led by Transition Projects, this critical community event is a success due to the combined efforts of community partners, corporations and businesses, providers, sponsors, and volunteers all coming together with the focus on connecting with veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

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Hybrid Event Details & FAQs

Join us at 300 N Winning Way on September 10th at 9:00 AM! [ Map It ]

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2019 Portland Veterans Stand Down by the Numbers:

480 veterans and their families accessed resources, services, and programs
250+ veterans met with employment recruiters at the Job Fair
162 veterans accessed health & wellness services and medical care
60 veterans connected with Transition Projects for the first time
62 female veterans explored services in the new Women’s Lounge

Event Sponsors

A special thank you to our Stand Down Steering Committee, our event sponsors, and our dedicated Veterans Services team members for their incredible support!

Presenting Sponsor
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Silver Star Sponsors
Boeing Logo
Comcast Logo
Columbia Sportswear Logo
Kaiser Logo
Bronze Star Sponsors
Cusumano Real Estate Group
Cedar Hills Hospital and Outpatient Services Logo
Regence Medicare Logo
Starbucks Coffee Logo
ThermoFisher Scientific Logo
US Bank Logo
Legion of Merit Sponsors
adidas logo
Allied Universal Logo
CareOregon Logo
Colonial Life
Family Resource Home Care Logo
Fred Meyer Logo
Grand Canyon University Logo
Graphic Packaging International Logo
Kate Lieber and Monique Matheson
Lines for Life Logo
Multnomah County Logos for Commissioners
John and Brenda Osborn Text
Ross Law
Text of Name Peter Thompson and Suzanne Spitler Thompson
Sherry Swackhamer Name
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Stand Down Event Sponsors
Sponsor the Event

We rely on our steadfast individual, corporate, and community sponsors to make this event a reality. If you're interested in sponsoring this year's event, please review our sponsorship packages. Have questions? Reach out to our Director of Development.

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Volunteer at the Event

Want to make an impact? Join us to volunteer at this important event supporting those who have served. From corporate groups to congregations to individuals, there's a role for everyone. If you have questions, please email our Volunteer Program Supervisor.

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Get Support

This year's event will serve 500 veterans based in the Portland metro area. If you're already working with us, please contact your Case Manager to ensure that you're registered to participate. If you're a Veteran seeking support, please visit the link below to get connected to support.

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