“Football helps me do better on school work”

“Thank you Rise Above for helping me buy football stuff,” Jandel wrote to us. “I played football many years before being in foster care and I am happy I can still play. I like to play defense but this year I play both offense and defense.” Jandel added, “Playing football helps me do better on school work.”

On their way: College Care Packages

In November, 205 College Care Packages were packed up and shipped out to college students who grew up in foster care. Each care package was filled to the brim with dorm snacks, hygiene and school supplies, and gift cards. Thank you to the countless individuals, families, community groups and businesses who donated the snacks, hygiene items, study supplies and gift …

Go Maria!

Maria is running the Dublin Marathon and she has decided to raise money for Rise Above. “To inspire me and help me get through the long training runs I decided to dedicate my participation in this marathon to kids who are in foster care,” says Maria. ” I cannot reach all 10,000 of them, but I hope to help a …

Fostering Smiles: 10/17 Somerville, MA

Join us on Thursday, October 17th from 7pm to 9pm for a friend- & fund-raising event! We’re proud to be partnering with Winter Hill Brewing Company in Somerville, MA for a casual evening of raffles, snacks & beer: a portion of every beer sold will be donated to Rise Above Foundation. Admission is free! Questions? Contact us at info@weriseabove.org or …

Celebrating 10 Years of Impact

Rise Above’s 10 Year Birthday Party was held on Saturday, May 18th in Worcester, MA and was huge success! The evening featured live music, a silent auction, great food and drinks, lots of birthday fun… AND raised more than $70,000 for the children in foster care we serve! Thank you to the many individuals and businesses that contributed, attended and …

Call for video stories

Help us celebrate 10 years of impact by sharing your story! Now through May 5th, we’re collecting stories from youth, foster parents, social workers, mentors and advocates about how Rise Above has made an impact in your life, your child’s life, or a child in foster care who you know. Shoot a short message (just a few seconds to about …

Special delivery for John!

Seventeen-year-old John is a gifted musician and was invited to join a band as their new bassist. But John is also in foster care, which means he didn’t have a bass guitar and amp or the means to buy them. We’re so grateful to our partners at Instrumental Angels for hooking John up with a pretty awesome guitar and amp! His …

Nominate a child for our American Girl event

We’re honored to partner with American Girl in Natick, MA to once again host an evening at the American Girl Store just for children in foster care on Friday, March 8th. Participants will receive their very own American Girl Doll, a visit to the doll salon, dinner, activities and more great goodies! This event is open to children ages 5-12 who …

Nominations open for LEGOLAND event

We’re now accepting nominations for our March event at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston! We’ll be picking 12 children, at random, to join us for a special afternoon just for them that includes admission to LEGOLAND, dinner, a goodie bag, and- of course- LEGOS! The deadline to nominate a child is February 22nd. The event is open to children who are …

College Care Packages Delivered

In November, College Care Packages were delivered to 135 students who grew up in foster care. Each package was filled to the very top with snacks, hygiene items, study supplies, gift cards and encouraging notes and cards: all donated by our very generous supporters! Thank you to the many, many individuals, community groups and businesses who donated, including NETSCOUT, MetroWest Nonprofit Network, …