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RISE Monthly Newsletter

July 2022 Issue

Rise Amazon Smile Link for Amazon Prime Days

Amazon Prime Days are a two-day shopping event on the popular Amazon marketplace that are full of deep discounts across all departments, from electronics to housewares and even handmade items from small businesses.  Amazon Prime members can see a huge savings this year on Tuesday, July 12th and Wednesday, July 13th.  But that's not all, if you shop through our special Amazon Smile link, Amazon will donate a portion of the sales to Rise at NO extra cost to you!  Even better, you can use this link ALL YEAR long!  You shop, Amazon donates.  It's as simple as that!  Bookmark this link in your browser for all of your online shopping and help us help others.  Because together, we Rise!

The Backpack Drive is In Full Swing!
Our Annual Backpack Drive has begun!  Each year, we collect new backpacks and school supplies for local youth of all ages who are in need of a little assistance from their community to make sure that they have the tools that they need to succeed in the coming school year.  Our volunteers lovingly sort the backpacks into age appropriate styles for youth in all grades from kindergarten through high school, and then stuff the backpacks with items from the school's list of necessary supplies for each grade level. These backpacks are handed out directly to the families, and any extras are given to the local schools so that staff can provide them to students who are still in need.  For our full wish list of items that the schools require for all of the difference grade levels, click here.  If you're interested in hosting a special drive at your business, within your neighborhood, as part of a club or other organization, please email volunteer@njrise.org for information on how to get started!
Independence Day Sales at Rise Thrift!
On Sunday, July 3rd, Rise Thrift will be offering 25% OFF the entire store in celebration of Independence Day weekend!  Come on in and see what's in store!  New items are hitting the shelves and racks all the time, so you never know what you're going to find!  But hurry, this sale is one day only!  On Monday, the store will be closed in recognition of the holiday and we'll be celebrating at home with our families, so we will see you again on Tuesday, July 5th!
Save the Dates for Our Summer Events!
We have so many great events coming up this summer and we want to make sure you mark your calendars so you can join us for all of the fun!  The Rise Summer Enrichment Program (Summer Camp) starts July 5th, and as part of the program our campers create beautiful works of art that will be on display at our Art Walk event on Wednesday, August 10th.  We will also be at the local celebration of "National Night Out" on August 2nd.  On the 17th of September, we're excited to once again host our annual Latino Festival in an all new location at Hightstown Highschool!  Don't mss any of these family friendly opportunities to enjoy time with other members of our community!
Rise is Celebrating "Fun Fridays" in Downtown Hightstown!

Every Third Friday of the month, from June through September, "Fun Fridays" in Downtown Hightstown are the place to be! Grab dinner and dessert from any of the awesome restaurants in town, stop into Rise Thrift for special 50% OFF sales throughout the entire store from 5pm to 8pm, check out food trucks, craft vendors, & organization tables around the park (including some of your friends from Rise!), all while enjoying live music by local bands and artists. Click here for more information on our uRise platform! We’ll see you down by the lake!

June Community Impact by the Numbers

Every day, our mission is to help our neighbors in whatever way we can.  In June, we had 1,722 visits to the food pantry by 486 local families. We distributed 15,358 bags of food to local families, and handed out 98 bags of pet food.  652 bags of baby supplies for new parents were given to those in need.  277 of our Rise volunteers donated 2,113 hours of their time.  These numbers are all an increase over last month's, as we have been steadily seeing. 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 https://njrise.org/donate. 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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