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RISE Monthly Newsletter

January 2023 Issue

Happy New Year from Rise!
We would like to wish all of our friends and family a very Happy New Year!  The new year brings with it a fresh start for all and a sense of hope for many.  A chance to turn the page on the challenges of the previous year and begin working towards a brighter tomorrow. Here at Rise, we're ready to support any of our neighbors who may need a little extra help to be their best selves this year and achieve their goals.  From job fairs and training programs to utility assistance and English Language Learning, our experienced case workers can help set our clients up for success.  Our Rise Pantry is here to help with food insecurity and to make sure that all members of our community have access to nutritious food and personal care items so that we can all look and feel our best.  Our Thrift Store is open 7 days a week and offers low cost items (many that are even brand new and some that are vintage beauties) and a chance to do something good for our planet by recycling your gently used items instead of them ending up in a landfill.  Every dollar spent in the store goes directly back to our community, so come on in and shop for the greater good! Resolve to Rise this year!  We're here to help.   #TogetherWeRise
Resolve to be a Good Neighbor in 2023!
We are so excited to announce that we grew our Rise "Good Neighbor" program last year and doubled the number of donors who pledged to give a monthly gift all year long!  This year, we'd like to double that number again!  We are always grateful to receive donations of any amount at any time to help us achieve our mission, but our Good Neighbor's dollars stretch even further because they reduce our fundraising costs and help us meet the needs of our community all year round, especially during times of year when donations are slower.  Resolve to be a Good Neighbor this year by clicking here to be taken to our subscription page!
Screen NJ Cancer Workshop Coming January 21st!
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Join the Rutgers Cancer Institute and RISE to learn about human papillomavirus (HPV), cervical cancer, and the best ways to reduce your risk!  Offered in both English and Spanish, this workshop is open for registration with free giveaways on a first come, first served basis for attendees!  Space is limited!  Join us on Saturday, January 21st from 2pm - 3:30pm at the uRise Campus at 116 N. Main Street in Hightstown.  Register today by clicking here!
Celebrate MLK Day with Rise!
Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service (MLK Day) is the only federal holiday that is also designated by Congress as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.”  Celebrate with local organizations that are hosting special events, like our partners at West Windsor Arts who are collecting a verity of donated items for local non-profits like us!  Click here for more information on how you can get involved.  Or join the Friends of Princeton Open Space for a volunteer land steward session at the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve!  Click here to register.  For more opportunities, keep an eye on our uRise Community Calendar!  New events are added every day!
December Community Impact by the Numbers

Every day, our mission is to help our neighbors in whatever way we can.  In December, we had 1,425 visits to the food pantry by 524 local families. We distributed 15,651 bags of food to local families, and handed out 106 bags of pet food.  198 bags of personal care supplies were given to those in need.  276 of our Rise volunteers donated 1,911 hours of their time.  Our efforts are made possible by donations that we receive and by our amazing volunteers.  We want you to know that you are making a huge difference in the lives of people around you who may be struggling, and lifting up your entire community.  If you want to help us make these numbers grow, you can donate to Rise at Want to make even more of an impact? Become a Rise Good Neighbor and pledge to make a recurring monthly contribution that helps us better manage our budget and know that we are ready to take action when needs arise outside of our normal fundraising schedule, which has become our reality in recent years.

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