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

February 2021

RISE & Shine ONLINE! via Zoom

Friday, February 5, 2021
8:00 am9:00 am
Zoom
RISE & Shine ONLINE! via Zoom

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

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!

Request the Zoom link under the Related Links below!

Locked in Solidarity at City Light Church

Monday, February 8, 2021
7:00 pm8:30 pm
Locked in Solidarity at City Light Church

Join members of the City Light Church for 2021's Locked in Solidarity event in partnership with the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). They have been holding Locked in Solidarity events on mass incarceration since 2014. This year, the focus is on COVID's impact on reentry and the pandemic's impact on the incarcerated communities & their families.

Please join them virtually to learn about the importance of the church being a part of the reintegration of those who leave prison. They will have a panel with panelists from Douglas County Youth Center, the Midwest Innocence Project, and Demetrius Gatson from RISE.

This event will be held on Zoom. Please click the link to register for the event to receive the Zoom info (limited to first 100 attendees).

Volunteer Appreciation Day! Online Event

Friday, February 12, 2021
8:00 am9:00 am
Zoom
Volunteer Appreciation Day! Online Event

Volunteers are the backbone of RISE! The support of our volunteers has truly propelled this organization. From coaching at in-prison events to reviewing cover letters, resumes, and business ideas online - you are what make our program thrive.

On Friday, February 12th, we want to celebrate YOU. Join us as RISE Graduates share their testimonials about life on the outside, CEO Jeremy Bouman will give an update on moving forward in 2021, and also hear about the new RISE Business Academy. More details to come!

RISE & Shine ONLINE! via Zoom

Friday, February 12, 2021
8:00 am9:00 am
Zoom
RISE & Shine ONLINE! via Zoom

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

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!

Request the Zoom link under the Related Links below!

RISE & Shine ONLINE! via Zoom

Friday, February 19, 2021
8:00 am9:00 am
Zoom
RISE & Shine ONLINE! via Zoom

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

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!

Request the Zoom link under the Related Links below!

RISE & Shine ONLINE! via Zoom

Friday, February 26, 2021
8:00 am9:00 am
Zoom
RISE & Shine ONLINE! via Zoom

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

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!

Request the Zoom link under the Related Links below!