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Organize a Drive or a Fundraising Event

Are you interested in planning events? Maybe you have a new fundraising idea for Rise? We would be thrilled to work with you! Rise is always in need of help organizing food or product drives throughout the year.

generous donors supplied goods to be repurposed through our Greater Goods Stores in 2015

students were ready for their first day of school with essential supplies from the Rise Backpack Drive

individuals received job skills via volunteerism at Food Pantry/Greater Goods.

Drive Examples and Ideas

Rise has a number of annual drives throughout the year. If you are interested in organizing or participating in one of the following drives, please contact the Rise office 609-443-4464.

All Year:

Food Drives including non-perishable items. See attached list of Food Donations Requested.

Baby Supplies including wipes, diapers, and baby food (not formula)

Personal Care Items including shampoo, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, razors, and deodorant. See attached list of Personal Care Donations Requested.

Seasonal Food Drive Needs (timeframe):

Rise is able to provide goods and services to our clients because of generous donations from individuals, businesses, civic organization, houses of worship, and grants. We always need assistance with planning, coordinating, pickup and delivery of donations, and distribution of the items.

Winter Coat Drive-(December-January)-Collection of new and gently used winter coats, hats, gloves, and scarves for adults and children

Share the Love Personal Care Drive (February)- During the month of February, individuals and local businesses conduct collections of much needed personal care items. See attached list of Personal Care Donations Requested.

Soles for Souls (March-April)- Rise collects new and gently-used shoes and boots to be distributed at the Rise office.

Summer Camp Drive (March-June)-The Rise Summer Camp has a wishlist of items which can supplement our existing supplies. We are always interested in small musical instruments, arts and crafts, sporting equipment, beach-related items like pails, shovels, etc., board games, classroom supplies, and first aid items. See attached list of Summer Camp Wish list items.

Back to School Backpack Drive (June-August)- Each year, Rises strives to provide a backpack filled with age-appropriate school supplies to low-income area children. The East Windsor Regional School District provides school-year based supply lists. Some of the items requested include: backpacks, insulated lunch bags, pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, glue sticks, highlighters, Sharpies, crayons, pencil sharpeners, scissors, tape, and post-it notes.

Encourage a Child to Read (June-October)- Childrens books for all age-groups are collected for distribution in the office and at the Rise Summer Camp. During office visits, clients are encouraged to take a donated book and encourage a love of reading in their children.

Thanksgiving Food Drive (September-November)- Rise provides hundreds of low-income families with a basket of food, including a turkey, for Thanksgiving. Food collection begins in early October and distribution occurs during the week before Thanksgiving.

Holiday Gift Drive and Adopt A Family Program (November-December)- Each December, Rise coordinates a holiday party with the Junior League of Greater Princeton and distributes holiday gifts to local children in need. Each child is registered and a generous sponsor is matched to every child. In addition, local businesses and individuals choose to ‘Adopt a Family’ and purchase presents for an entire family. This program is labor-intensive and requires a dedicated team of volunteers to ensure that each child experiences a little joy during the holiday season and each parent has a small burden lifted from their shoulders.

 

Events:

Dunk A Ram (August-October)-The Hightstown High School Football team participates in the ‘Dunk A Ram’ event during the annual Hightstown Harvest Fair. Tickets are sold and canned food is collected to have the opportunity to send the football player of your choice into the dunk tank. Area dignitaries including the Mayor of Hightstown, the High School Football Coaches and the Rise Summer Camp Coordinator can also be seen in the dunk tank! Proceeds benefit the Rise Food Pantry.

Empty Bowls Fundraiser (March 12, 2016)- “Empty Bowls” fundraiser sponsored by The Hightstown Cultural Arts Commission to support Rise, a Community Service Partnership. The event took place at VFW Post 5700, 140 Dutch Neck Road Hightstown, on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 6pm-8pm. Each bowl was handcrafted by artist Adam Welch, local eateries donated soup to fill the bowls and everyone brought a bowl home at the end! All of the event’s proceeds were donated to the Rise Food Pantry.

Benefit Concert (May 17, 2014)- The Voices and Friends of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church sponsored a Gospel concert to benefit Rise. It was held at the M.H. Kreps Middle School on Saturday, May 17 , 2014 from 6:00pm-8:30pm.

Volunteer Appreciation (August-October)- Rise recognizes the importance of our volunteers. An annual event is held in October to share our appreciation for volunteers who make it possible for Rise to help individuals and families in need within our community.

Don’t see what you had in mind? Surprise us with your idea for a new collection drive! Please call the office 609-443-4464 to get the ball rolling. We look forward to working with you!

“It makes our whole year.”

“This is my third year of playing Mrs. Claus, and Patrick’s seventh as Santa. We have been involved with the Rise Holiday Party for 12 years through the Junior League of Greater Princeton. It’s what puts us in the spirit of the Holidays and what they are really all...

Teamwork

“I know about Rise because my Mom makes donations. Volunteering at the Food Pantry makes you feel good that you’re actually doing something for your community – and the people around you.   Even when I’m older, I’ll probably try to see what’s around me, see what I can...

“There’s lots to do here…”

“I drive the truck four days a week. We’re buddies on the truck – we have very good relationships. It’s a pleasure to go out on pick-ups. We do a lot of lifting – that’s a lot of turkeys -- but you get a good feeling that you’re making a difference for some people. My...

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