RISE

2020 Quarter 1 Volunteer Update

By Chantal Randall, Volunteer Relations Manager

The RISE Community of Builders, Volunteers, and Staff are some of the toughest people we know. Our relationships with each other have been rooted in empathy and hope amid great adversity. Because of this, it was no surprise to us that so many volunteers quickly responded to the call to serve Builders in unique ways amidst the COVID-19 Crisis!

As staff and Builders learn to navigate this new, temporary "normal", we are working on creative ways to keep everyone connected. An immediate way to support Builders, both on the inside and out, is to share any words of encouragement that are put on your heart via email with us. We will make sure to pass them on to the Builders! Volunteers have also offered to review Builders' resumes and personal statements online and provide feedback. We are hoping to have this underway at the end of April as Builders are completing these assignments. We are also exploring having volunteers record career-specific tutorials for our in-prison classes. Stay tuned!

RISE has established an Emergency Reentry Fund in anticipation of providing assistance to our graduates that have returned to the community or who are returning amid this turbulent time. Reentry in itself is a crisis. Trying to transition successfully during a worldwide crisis is unchartered and twice as challenging. RISE will continue to aid returning Builders with 'business-as-usual" services, while being equipped and aware of the special needs of our Builders that are sure to arise as time goes by during this COVID -19 crisis. 

As mentioned above, RISE is a community and we have to take care of all parts of the whole to be healthy. That includes you as a RISE volunteer! We couldn’t do this work without you. Please join us for RISE and Shine Online: Zoom Edition Friday mornings at 8 am and RISE Reads book club! We look forward to connecting with you, especially during this time of isolation and social distancing.

Thank you in advance for your continued support and patience. Be safe, be well.

Email Chantal

November 2021

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RISE & Shine - Lincoln

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
8:00 am9:00 am
The Mill at Telegraph

RISE & Shine is coming back to Lincoln, Nebraska! This casual, open-table gathering is where our staff loves to meet new people, catch up with volunteers, answer questions, and recap our events! If you've ever been curious about RISE's work or would just like some community time with staff and past volunteers, this is a great way to connect! No RSVP needed! We'd love to see you!
*Bonus! There's free parking in the back!

RISE & Shine ONLINE! via Zoom

Thursday, November 4, 2021
8:00 am9:00 am
Zoom

Join us for RISE & Shine Online! Hop on every Thursday between 8 and 9am and say hello!

This casual, online gathering is where staff loves to meet new people, catch up with volunteers, answer questions, and tell you all about our programs and events! If you've ever been curious about RISE's work or would just like some casual community time with staff and past volunteers, this is a great way to connect! No RSVP needed! We'd love to see you!

Request the Zoom link under the Related Links below!

Nebraska Justice Reinvestment Roundtable Discussion

Nebraska Justice Reinvestment Roundtable Discussion with Jasmine Harris

While states across the country have implemented reforms and seen their prison populations decline, Nebraska’s continues to grow. This growth has not improved public safety, and has instead only created disparate impacts across our communities and reduced funding for initiatives that actually decrease recidivism. Continued prison population growth is unsustainable, and the need for change is imminent.

Acknowledging that the status quo is not working, state leaders have committed to engage in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI). JRI is a federally funded grant that works with states that have an increasing incarceration rate to reduce their prison populations and reinvest savings back into community initiatives that break the cycle and keep people out of the system. States such as Louisiana, Georgia, and North Carolina have all engaged in this process and achieved successes.

As part of this effort, state leadership has assembled the Nebraska Criminal Justice Reinvestment Working Group (Working Group) to take a comprehensive look at who is coming to Nebraska’s prisons and how long they are staying, and to make recommendations to change its population’s predicted growth. The Working Group is co-chaired by Governor Ricketts, Senator Lathrop, and Chief Justice Heavican. The group is currently in the process of reviewing state level data and research regarding the drivers of the prison population.

However, in order for the Working Group to make meaningful recommendations, they need to hear from people who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system. The working group needs to learn from those individuals who have been through the system and their families what community support is necessary to both prevent individuals from entering the system in the first place and to set individuals up for successful reintegration upon release. The forum for this information sharing to take place will be a community-based roundtable discussion with both in-person and virtual attendance opportunities. Your informed experiences and perspectives within the context of justice reform are critical to the success of this effort.

Staff from CJI will review data and research highlights from Nebraska’s system along with an update on the Working Group’s progress. The Roundtable will be facilitated by Jasmine Harris from RISE, but the discussion will be driven by your experiences, stories, and identified opportunities for improvement. Working Group members may also be in attendance at the roundtable discussions, but only as observers there to learn.

Nebraska Justice Reinvestment Virtual Discussion

Thursday, November 4, 2021
6:30 pm8:00 pm
Nebraska Justice Reinvestment Roundtable Discussion with Jasmine Harris

While states across the country have implemented reforms and seen their prison populations decline, Nebraska’s continues to grow. This growth has not improved public safety, and has instead only created disparate impacts across our communities and reduced funding for initiatives that actually decrease recidivism. Continued prison population growth is unsustainable, and the need for change is imminent.

Acknowledging that the status quo is not working, state leaders have committed to engage in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI). JRI is a federally funded grant that works with states that have an increasing incarceration rate to reduce their prison populations and reinvest savings back into community initiatives that break the cycle and keep people out of the system. States such as Louisiana, Georgia, and North Carolina have all engaged in this process and achieved successes.

As part of this effort, state leadership has assembled the Nebraska Criminal Justice Reinvestment Working Group (Working Group) to take a comprehensive look at who is coming to Nebraska’s prisons and how long they are staying, and to make recommendations to change its population’s predicted growth. The Working Group is co-chaired by Governor Ricketts, Senator Lathrop, and Chief Justice Heavican. The group is currently in the process of reviewing state level data and research regarding the drivers of the prison population.

However, in order for the Working Group to make meaningful recommendations, they need to hear from people who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system. The working group needs to learn from those individuals who have been through the system and their families what community support is necessary to both prevent individuals from entering the system in the first place and to set individuals up for successful reintegration upon release. The forum for this information sharing to take place will be a community-based roundtable discussion with both in-person and virtual attendance opportunities. Your informed experiences and perspectives within the context of justice reform are critical to the success of this effort.

Staff from CJI will review data and research highlights from Nebraska’s system along with an update on the Working Group’s progress. The Roundtable will be facilitated by Jasmine Harris from RISE, but the discussion will be driven by your experiences, stories, and identified opportunities for improvement. Working Group members may also be in attendance at the roundtable discussions, but only as observers there to learn.

RISE & Shine - Omaha

Friday, November 5, 2021
8:00 am9:00 am
1818 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68102
US

Join us for RISE & Shine at The Bike Union and Coffee!

This casual, open-table gathering is where our staff loves to meet new people, catch up with volunteers, answer questions, and tell you all about our programs and events! If you've ever been curious about RISE's work or would just like some casual community time with staff and past volunteers, this is a great way to connect! Start your 'casual Friday' off right with us! No RSVP needed! We'd love to see you!

RISE & Shine - Lincoln

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
8:00 am9:00 am
The Mill at Telegraph

RISE & Shine is coming back to Lincoln, Nebraska! This casual, open-table gathering is where our staff loves to meet new people, catch up with volunteers, answer questions, and recap our events! If you've ever been curious about RISE's work or would just like some community time with staff and past volunteers, this is a great way to connect! No RSVP needed! We'd love to see you!

This week we'll have Chantal, RISE Volunteer Relations Manager there in addition to:
Jeremy Bouman, RISE Founder & CEO
Maria Moreno, RISE Program Manager
Erin Cooper, RISE's Director of Research and Evaluation

RISE & Shine ONLINE! via Zoom

Thursday, November 11, 2021
8:00 am9:00 am
Zoom

Join us for RISE & Shine Online! Hop on every Thursday between 8 and 9am and say hello!

This casual, online gathering is where staff loves to meet new people, catch up with volunteers, answer questions, and tell you all about our programs and events! If you've ever been curious about RISE's work or would just like some casual community time with staff and past volunteers, this is a great way to connect! No RSVP needed! We'd love to see you!

Request the Zoom link under the Related Links below!

RISE & Shine - Omaha

Friday, November 12, 2021
8:00 am9:00 am
1818 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68102
US

Join us for RISE & Shine at The Bike Union and Coffee!

This casual, open-table gathering is where our staff loves to meet new people, catch up with volunteers, answer questions, and tell you all about our programs and events! If you've ever been curious about RISE's work or would just like some casual community time with staff and past volunteers, this is a great way to connect! Start your 'casual Friday' off right with us! No RSVP needed! We'd love to see you!

RISE & Shine - Lincoln

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
8:00 am9:00 am
The Mill at Telegraph

RISE & Shine is coming back to Lincoln, Nebraska! This casual, open-table gathering is where our staff loves to meet new people, catch up with volunteers, answer questions, and recap our events! If you've ever been curious about RISE's work or would just like some community time with staff and past volunteers, this is a great way to connect! No RSVP needed! We'd love to see you!

RISE & Shine ONLINE! via Zoom

Thursday, November 18, 2021
8:00 am9:00 am
Zoom

Join us for RISE & Shine Online! Hop on every Thursday between 8 and 9am and say hello!

This casual, online gathering is where staff loves to meet new people, catch up with volunteers, answer questions, and tell you all about our programs and events! If you've ever been curious about RISE's work or would just like some casual community time with staff and past volunteers, this is a great way to connect! No RSVP needed! We'd love to see you!

Request the Zoom link under the Related Links below!

RISE & Shine - Omaha

Friday, November 19, 2021
8:00 am9:00 am
1818 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68102
US

Join us for RISE & Shine at The Bike Union and Coffee!

This casual, open-table gathering is where our staff loves to meet new people, catch up with volunteers, answer questions, and tell you all about our programs and events! If you've ever been curious about RISE's work or would just like some casual community time with staff and past volunteers, this is a great way to connect! Start your 'casual Friday' off right with us! No RSVP needed! We'd love to see you!

Expanding Talent Pools: Hiring Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

The Expanding Talent Pool Series is a recruiting and hiring workshop that emphasizes inclusive and equitable practices.

Featuring RISE Employment Specialist, Eduardo Gardea.

With Lincoln reporting a 1.7 percent unemployment rate (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) and an increase of talent shortage, companies must be creative with their hiring strategies. The Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development (LPED) is committed to helping companies develop short and long-term plans for attracting and retaining talent.

Nearly 600,000 people are released from prison each year and are locked out of the job market. High unemployment and recidivism rates for returning citizens suggest that the first step in beating the odds is helping these men and women find gainful and steady employment. Join LPED along with special guests RISE, Bridges to Hope and the Nebraska Department of Corrections to learn about re-entry support and programs that are preparing returning citizens for employment, both pre-release and post-release.

RISE & Shine - Lincoln

Tuesday, November 23, 2021
8:00 am9:00 am
The Mill at Telegraph

RISE & Shine is coming back to Lincoln, Nebraska! This casual, open-table gathering is where our staff loves to meet new people, catch up with volunteers, answer questions, and recap our events! If you've ever been curious about RISE's work or would just like some community time with staff and past volunteers, this is a great way to connect! No RSVP needed! We'd love to see you!

RISE Family Wellness Collective: Program Launch

Saturday, November 27, 2021
5:30 pm7:30 pm

The Omaha community is invited to celebrate the completion of our very first Family Wellness Collective. Listen to live local music and view some of the work by the Omaha artists collaborating with Builders to create a mural representing RISE Family Love to be located in the Blackstone neighborhood. Learn about the program while enjoying food and family friendly drinks. Spend time helping us create a new piece of art to memorialize the evening. Raffle prize giveaways for family fun outings.

Everyone is welcome: RISE Builders and graduates, Alumni, Community Volunteers, Supporters, Well-wishers!

Join us for live music and art!

Artists:
Rosalia Alexis
Marcey Yates
Lorenzo Fuller

RISE mural in production!

Culxr House is an innovative hub that focuses on providing artists and creatives a safe space to grow their talent and obtain access to resources necessary to grow and turn their art into economic opportunities.

Giving Tuesday: RISE

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Giving Tuesday for nonprofit in Nebraska, RISE

RISE is thrilled to be a part of SHARE Omaha's Giving Tuesday where we'll rally for funds to maintain and grow reentry support and programming in Nebraska. Your support through Giving Tuesday ensures that RISE can thrive in building staff, curriculum, current, and future programming for those impacted by incarceration in Nebraska.

Will you help support our mission that all people will find freedom from the generational cycles of incarceration?

RISE & Shine - Lincoln

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
8:00 am9:00 am
The Mill at Telegraph

RISE & Shine is coming back to Lincoln, Nebraska! This casual, open-table gathering is where our staff loves to meet new people, catch up with volunteers, answer questions, and recap our events! If you've ever been curious about RISE's work or would just like some community time with staff and past volunteers, this is a great way to connect! No RSVP needed! We'd love to see you!