Category Archives: Community Involvement

Vanessa Sturgeon, President & CEO of TMT

Unite for The Knight: TMT announces employee matching program

Unite Knight

TMT Development is happy to announce our support of the Knight Cancer Challenge through the Unite for the Knight campaign by matching employee donations 2 to 1.

Unite for the Knight is a coalition of business and labor that has come together to help the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute raise the $500 million dollars that Phil and Penny Knight have pledged to match. The $1 billion, two year challenge will help fund new research facilities to end cancer as we know it.

Habitat for Humanity Executive Build

Some of Portland’s top executives recently gathered and rolled up their sleeves for Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East’s annual Executive Build including TMT President & CEO, Vanessa Sturgeon. Hosted by Cambia Health Solutions, the group spent the day raising beams at Habitat’s new Trillium Court development in Southwest Portland.

TMT Development has long been a supporter of Habitat and their mission of bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. By providing families with the opportunity of affordable home ownership, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East and their volunteers are committing to the future of our local communities. 


A Place With No Ceiling honors Vanessa Sturgeon

TMT President & CEO Vanessa Sturgeon was recently honored at the 2014 A Place With No Ceiling awards ceremony at the Oregon Historical Society. Sponsored by the Portland Business Alliance, the award is given every year to a female business leader who has dedicated her time to supporting and mentoring women in the workplace. Miller Nash LLP was also honored for the work that their organization does to foster the advancement of women. Last year’s recipient, Wendy Lane Stevens of Lane PR, was on hand to pass the crystal gavel to Vanessa.


OAME opens new offices in Delta Park Center

Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME) celebrated the grand opening of their new offices in Delta Park Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 12th, 2014. OAME Chairman Sam Brooks was on hand to cut the ribbon and welcome the public to the new location. OAME’s mission is to “Promote and develop entrepreneurship and economic development for ethnic minorities in the State of Oregon and work to reduce discrimination and racism.” TMT is proud to welcome them as Delta Park Center’s newest tenant!

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TMT employees volunteer to serve foster youth for non-profit Project Lemonade

TMT recently spent the day volunteering at the Project Lemonade space at Delta Park Center. Employees helped sort and tag clothing for Project Lemonade’s annual pop-up shop, which ran from July 25th to August 25th, 2014. Each year local companies, individuals, and organizations donate clothing, shoes, and accessories so that foster youth can shop for free back-to-school clothes.  Project Lemonade’s mission is to provide foster youth with a back-to-school shopping experience that will inspire self-esteem. Since 2012, they have served over 3,000 children and teens from the Portland metro area.


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Orchards Elementary School Garden – UPDATE

TMT Development recently donated vacant land across from Orchards Elementary School to build a sustainable community garden. TMT employees and Orchards Elementary students, teachers, parents, local businesses and staff spent a day building the school garden back in May, and a lot of progress has been made since then! The garden has been planted and will be ready for the upcoming school year. To decorate the space, students created colorful artwork.  All of this hard work ensures that the garden will foster a healthier, safer and stronger community for years to come with fresh produce and a learning garden for students!

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

TMT attains Gold Certification through the Sustainability at Work program

Gold_Email_Sig TMT Development has recently attained “Gold Certification” through the City of Portland’s Sustainability at Work program. To become Gold Certified, businesses have to meet strict criteria that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability. Examples include an office recycling program, use of energy-efficient lighting, having available electric vehicle charging stations, and purchasing post-consumer recycled paper supplies. By obtaining this certification, TMT is fulfilling its mission to being a sustainable, eco-friendly business.


TMT employees put finishing touches on two Habitat homes

TMT Development employees recently spent the day with Habitat for Humanity putting the finishing touches on two of the final homes in the SE 171st & Division Street development, the largest Habitat build in Oregon. We grabbed our brushes and spent a beautiful day painting the siding and trim of two homes that will soon be ready for it’s new occupants. Giving back to our community is a core tenet at TMT, and we were happy to help deserving families get closer to achieving their dream of home ownership!


Tanja Miljevic plants flowers for the community garden at Orchards Elementary School

Vacant land becomes a community garden for Orchards Elementary School

Donated vacant land becomes a community garden for Orchards Elementary School from Refinement Israel on Vimeo.

 On May 10th,  nearly 200 volunteers including TMT employees, Robert Pile, Cristin Bansen and Tanja Miljevic, descended on the vacate land across from Orchards Elementary School to build a sustainable garden that will foster a healthier, safer and stronger community by creating a small, accessible urban garden and help address the lack of green and recreational spaces in the neighborhood. Besides helping to feed the community, the garden will also be utilized as an interactive outdoor classroom for students at Orchards. Classes will learn about the process of growing food, where different foods originate, and ultimately what it takes for food to end up on their plates.

105 share bags sent home every week to help feed families

Orchards Elementary serves 650 students Kindergarten through 5th grade; 75% of them are eligible for free or reduced lunch and 105 share bags are taken home each week to help feed their families. “Orchards is the perfect place for a community garden,” said Elizabeth Brawley, principal at Orchards Elementary. “Building this garden brought together our students, parents and community members by providing a project that beautifies the school and teaches us about our food sources and our environment.”

A community makes a learning garden a reality

Donations from the following companies and individuals made the garden a reality. Lowes,  ERC, Costco, Starbucks, Crossroads Church, Columbia Credit Union, First Tech Credit Union, Fred Meyer, Burgerville, Cash & Carry, Bi Mart, The Kaur Family, The Eric Wuzer Family, Donors, Les Schwab, Corwin Beverages, H and H Wood Recyclers, WSUMaster Gardeners, BarkCity, Friends of the Carpenter, Sergio’s Landscapes LLC and The Singh Family.  TMT Development donated use of the land.