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

April 2021

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RISE Reads Recap: Writing My Wrongs by Shaka Senghor

Thursday, April 1, 2021
12:00 pm1:00 pm
Zoom Link in Email
RISE Reads Recap: Writing My Wrongs by Shaka Senghor

Join the RISE Reads book club for a discussion around our first quarter book selection, Writing My Wrongs by Shaka Senghor.

Shaka Senghor was raised on Detroit's east side during the height of the 1980s crack epidemic. At age eleven, Shaka's world began to unravel with the divorce of his parents, abuse, and a downward spiral that sent him running away from home - eventually landing in prison at the age of nineteen.

Writing My Wrongs is the story of what came next. This page-turner is impactful and touches on the shadows of poverty, violence, and fear - but also redemption and rethinking the approach to crime, prison and those sent there.

Virtual Modified Coaching Event

Monday, April 5, 2021Monday, April 12, 2021
Online Volunteering
Virtual Modified Coaching Event

Coaching Days are an opportunity for our Builders to receive feedback on resumes, personal statements, and interview skills. However, because of precautions in place due to COVID-19, RISE has created a self-paced, at-home Modified Coaching Event for volunteers to keep providing such important help to our program participants!

For this Modified Coaching Event, volunteers will be assigned a RISE Builder via private RISE Coaching Portal, where they will review a personal statement, cover letter, resume, and beginning phase of business ideation. While reviewing these crucial pieces of RISE's program (and the reentry process), volunteers will submit honest feedback via a guided online Google Form.

Important things you should know:
- This is roughly a 2-3 hour time commitment, however, it is all self-paced and can be done from the comfort of your own home.
- You will need computer access to complete this volunteer opportunity. Unfortunately, this opportunity is not optimal from your mobile device.
- There is a hard completion date deadline of April 12th, 2021.
- There are no prerequisites to volunteer for the Modified Coaching Event! If you have ever spent time in the workforce, you're qualified!

United Way Day of Action

Thursday, April 8, 2021
United Way Day of Action

On Day of Action, you can make a donation to a participating partner organization of your choice and sign up for a volunteer project taking place in April, which is National Volunteer Month.

COVID-19 has impacted all of us: our loved ones, our neighbors, our co-workers and more. For many, recovery – physically, mentally and economically – will take time.

Yet, we are not without hope. Through these dark times, we have learned that our greatest strength is our spirit of community. We’ve seen time and time again when we help one another, everyone wins.

Thanks to our amazing Day of Action sponsors, 100% of your gift on April 8, 2021 will go directly to participating partner organizations.

Presenting Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska
Supporting Sponsors: Facebook and FNBO

Junior League of Omaha Midwest Diversity & Inclusion Summit

Saturday, April 10, 2021
2:00 pm3:00 pm
Junior League of Omaha Midwest Diversity & Inclusion Summit

RISE Founder and CEO, Jeremy Bouman is speaking at the Junior League of Omaha Midwest Diversity & Inclusion Summit! Join him as he speaks on helping and healing the formerly incarcerated and how you can help.

Speaking Engagement: Omaha Morning Rotary

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
7:00 am8:00 am
Speaking Engagement: Omaha Morning Rotary

Jeremy Bouman, RISE Founder & CEO will be speaking to the Rotary Club of Omaha Morning

Omaha Morning Rotary Mission Statement:
Omaha Morning Rotary strives to provide an opportunity for business, professional, and community leaders to positively impact the youth of greater Omaha area. Through weekly fellowship, community service and a network of 1.2 million fellow Rotarians, we work together to specifically address some of the most pressing needs facing the youth of our community.

SHARE Omaha Do Good Week: Mission Monday

Monday, April 19, 2021
SHARE Omaha Do Good Week: Mission Monday

Last year, 2020, marked the end of Omaha Gives – thank you for your past support! Mark your calendars for a new way to support our needs. Join in SHARE Omaha’s Do Good Week, April 19-21, presented by FNBO. This week is focused on all forms of support for local causes and we can’t wait to see what the Omaha metro can do when we give together for more than one day. Do Good Week makes it easy to support us with your dollars – and more!

As we are focused on successful reentry during a pandemic this year, all of your forms of support are needed – your dollars, your time and your items. SHARE Omaha’s Do Good Week is the time to make our mission happen.

How can you help on Mission Monday? Share with your friends and family why RISE is important to you!

SHARE Omaha Do Good Week: New Donor Tuesday

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
SHARE Omaha Do Good Week: New Donor Tuesday

Last year, 2020, marked the end of Omaha Gives – thank you for your past support! Mark your calendars for a new way to support our needs. Join in SHARE Omaha’s Do Good Week, April 19-21, presented by FNBO. This week is focused on all forms of support for local causes and we can’t wait to see what the Omaha metro can do when we give together for more than one day. Do Good Week makes it easy to support us with your dollars – and more!

As we are focused on successful reentry during a pandemic this year, all of your forms of support are needed – your dollars, your time and your items. SHARE Omaha’s Do Good Week is the time to make our mission happen.

How can you help on New Donor Tuesday? If you’ve never given a gift to our organization, now’s the time! Your gift could help us unlock a
cash prize.

SHARE Omaha Do Good Week: Wish List Wednesday

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
SHARE Omaha Do Good Week: Wish List Wednesday

Last year, 2020, marked the end of Omaha Gives – thank you for your past support! Mark your calendars for a new way to support our needs. Join in SHARE Omaha’s Do Good Week, April 19-21, presented by FNBO. This week is focused on all forms of support for local causes and we can’t wait to see what the Omaha metro can do when we give together for more than one day. Do Good Week makes it easy to support us with your dollars – and more!

As we are focused on successful reentry during a pandemic this year, all of your forms of support are needed – your dollars, your time and your items. SHARE Omaha’s Do Good Week is the time to make our mission happen.

How can you help on Wish List Wednesday? Help support our Welcome Home bags given to RISE program participants when they reenter the community!

SHARE Omaha Do Good Week: Volun-Thursday

Thursday, April 22, 2021
SHARE Omaha Do Good Week: Volun-Thursday

Last year, 2020, marked the end of Omaha Gives – thank you for your past support! Mark your calendars for a new way to support our needs. Join in SHARE Omaha’s Do Good Week, April 19-21, presented by FNBO. This week is focused on all forms of support for local causes and we can’t wait to see what the Omaha metro can do when we give together for more than one day. Do Good Week makes it easy to support us with your dollars – and more!

As we are focused on successful reentry during a pandemic this year, all of your forms of support are needed – your dollars, your time and your items. SHARE Omaha’s Do Good Week is the time to make our mission happen.

How can you help on Volun-Thursday? Make a new volunteer commitment with RISE!

SHARE Omaha Do Good Week: Fund It Friday

Friday, April 23, 2021
SHARE Omaha Do Good Week: Fund It Friday

Last year, 2020, marked the end of Omaha Gives – thank you for your past support! Mark your calendars for a new way to support our needs. Join in SHARE Omaha’s Do Good Week, April 19-21, presented by FNBO. This week is focused on all forms of support for local causes and we can’t wait to see what the Omaha metro can do when we give together for more than one day. Do Good Week makes it easy to support us with your dollars – and more!

As we are focused on successful reentry during a pandemic this year, all of your forms of support are needed – your dollars, your time and your items. SHARE Omaha’s Do Good Week is the time to make our mission happen.

How can you help on Fund It Friday? Consider a donation to RISE to help programming continue and grow!

SHARE Omaha Do Good Week: Celebration Saturday

Saturday, April 24, 2021
SHARE Omaha Do Good Week: Celebration Saturday

Last year, 2020, marked the end of Omaha Gives – thank you for your past support! Mark your calendars for a new way to support our needs. Join in SHARE Omaha’s Do Good Week, April 19-21, presented by FNBO. This week is focused on all forms of support for local causes and we can’t wait to see what the Omaha metro can do when we give together for more than one day. Do Good Week makes it easy to support us with your dollars – and more!

As we are focused on successful reentry during a pandemic this year, all of your forms of support are needed – your dollars, your time and your items. SHARE Omaha’s Do Good Week is the time to make our mission happen.

**More information to come!**