Spring 2024

Join the 2024 Rise Backpack Drive and Equip Our Students for Success

As the new school year approaches, the excitement is palpable, but so is the anxiety for many families facing the high costs of school supplies. At Rise, we believe every child deserves the right start to the school year, and you can help make that happen.

Why the Backpack Drive Matters:

This year, we are committed to distributing 1,000 backpacks filled with essential school supplies, each valued at $225. These backpacks are more than just bags; they are vessels of hope, packed with the tools necessary for academic achievement and confidence in the classroom.

Your Role in This Journey:

We’re calling on our community heroes—yes, that’s you!—to contribute in whatever way you can. Here’s how you can make a tangible difference:

  • Donate:  Every contribution helps. Sponsor a backpack for a child with a donation of any amount you can afford.
  • Volunteer:  Join us to pack and distribute backpacks. It’s a perfect opportunity for team building or community service.
  • Spread the Word:  Share our mission with your network. The more people involved, the greater our impact.

Highlights of Our Ongoing Initiatives:
  • Educational Programs:  Partnering with local schools, we provide a six-week program to keep the learning going during summer.
  • Nutritional Support:  Through initiatives like Rise Pantry and Rise on the Run, we ensure our children are well-fed and ready to learn.
  • Rising Stars Dancers: Witness our young stars perform at the open recital on June 29th—supporting talents across all backgrounds.
  • Mark Your Calendars:  Come pick up a backpack filled with supplies at our Rise office from August 15th to 30th. A local report card is your ticket to receiving these educational tools.

Get Involved

Backpack Distribution

Backpack distribution for Rise clients will be on Monday, August 26th, from 8 am to 6 pm, at the Rise home office, 219 Franklin St, Hightstown. Non-registered clients must show each child a report card or birth certificate to receive a school backpack on Tuesday, August 27th, from 10 am to 6 pm and Wednesday, August 29th, from 10 am to 7 pm.

La distribución de mochilas para los clientes de Rise será el martes 26 de agosto de 8 am a 6 pm en la oficina central de Rise 219 Franklin St, Hightstown. Los clientes no registrados deben mostrar por cada niño una boleta de calificaciones o acta de nacimiento para recibir una mochila escolar el martes 27 de agosto de 10am a 6pm y jueves agosto 29, de 10 am a 7 pm.

Items ACCEPTED for the School Supply Drive include:
  • Backpacks (maybe new OR gently used)
  • NEW 1, 3, and 5 Subject Notebooks
  • NEW Composition Notebooks
  • NEW Folders
  • NEW Pencil Cases
  • NEW #2 Pencils
  • NEW Pencil Sharpeners
  • NEW Erasers
  • NEW Pens
  • NEW Hi-lighters
  • NEW Crayons, Washable Markers, and Colored Pencils
  • NEW Binders
  • NEW Binder Paper
  • NEW Book Covers
  • NEW Calculators
  • NEW Child Safety Scissors
  • NEW Dividers
  • NEW Glue
  • NEW Rulers (12″)
  • NEW Laptops or Tablets
  • NEW Headphones
  • Visa or Amazon Gift Cards

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More Ways to Give Back

Become a Rise Good Neighbor

Your donation will do a lot for our neighbors in need. Thanks to you, we’ll be here when people need us the most.

Host your own donations drive

Hosting a donations drive with Rise is the perfect opportunity to create a positive impact together!

Check out all volunteer opportunities

If you’d like to share a few hours of your time, or bring a whole group to help out, we’ll welcome you with open arms.