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RISE Monthly Newsletter

August 2022 Issue

Rise Takes Part in National Night Out on August 2nd

Tuesday, August 2nd, we'll be participating in the National Night Out! This is a national event that is meant to enhance relationships between our community and law enforcement professionals. Parents and their children have the opportunity to see squad cars and various emergency response vehicles, learn about a wide variety of safety topics and partake in numberous interactive family friendly activities. The Hightstown and East Windsor departments, and their public safety partners from the public, nonprofit and business sectors will also be participating! East Windsor's event will take place from 6pm to 9pm at the East Windsor P.A.L. Facility located at 30 Airport Road. The Hightstown event will take place from 6pm to 9pm at Association Park on Grant Avenue. Rise will be set up at both locations and we're excited to see you there! 

Register for Rutgers Workshop on Preventing Cancer with Nutrition!

REGISTER NOW! Just a few days left! uRise, in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey - CINJ and RWJBarnabas Health invites you to join us for “Eating for Cancer Prevention”, a nutrition education class, held on August 6th at 11am at our uRise Campus.  Our campus is located right in downtown Hightstown at 116 N. Main Street. To register click here. Free gifts will be available for those who are first through the door!


Backpacks Will Be Ready for Pickup August 18th & 25th
Along with our wonderful volunteers, we are preparing the backpacks and school supplies that have been donated so far to our Backpack Drive for distribution on two different dates: August 18th and August 25th at the Rise Home Office at 219 Franklin Street in Hightstown. To pick up a backpack for your child, you must bring their most recent report card from last year. This will allow us to verify their correct school supply requirements and provide them with an age appropriate backpack full of supplies to help them succeed in the coming school year.  
Join Us for This Year's Art Walk on August 10th!
Join us on Wednesday, August 10th from 4 to 6pm for our Annual Art Walk! Throughout the 6 week Rise Summer Enrichment program, scholars have been working together to create large scale artworks, collaborate on ideas, and develop into a community of artists. Each piece that you will see in this year’s art walk was designed and produced by several scholars working together to complete a series of pieces that demonstrate how "Together We Rise". We believe in creating an inclusive community where each and every artist can share their talents! The final pieces will be on display in several local businesses throughout downtown. We are proud to share our love, creativity, and art with the greater East Windsor/Hightstown community! We hope to see you there! 
Apply to Be a Vendor at This Year's Latino Festival!
The coordinators of the Annual Latino Festival are looking for food vendors, artisans and more to set up tables at this year's festival, held on Saturday, September 17th.  We are also looking for additional sponsors for this year!  Sponsorship comes with perks like features in our annual program booklet and advertising on our Rise social media accounts! Get involved in your community and show your support, apply to be a vendor or a sponsor today by emailing us at  
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! This month, Fun Friday falls on August 19th! 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!

July Community Impact by the Numbers

Every day, our mission is to help our neighbors in whatever way we can.  In July, we had 1,415 visits to the food pantry by 475 local families. We distributed 12,904 bags of food to local families, and handed out 65 bags of pet food.  430 bags of baby supplies for new parents were given to those in need.  314 of our Rise volunteers donated 2,640 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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