A magical evening with American Girl

November 16, 2018, Natick, MA- Fourteen children experiencing foster care were our very special guests at the American Girl doll store! Each girl picked out any doll to take home as theirs, doll outfits and goodies from the store, dinner and cupcakes.   

Run/Walk raises $13,000 for kids in foster care

Thank you for helping us raise over $13,000 for children experiencing foster care through this year’s Run/Walk for Rise Above! We’re very grateful for your generosity (and for braving the cold and rainy conditions). Couldn’t join us? It’s not too late to support the event: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/runwalkriseabove Special thank you to SEIU 509, Reliant Medical Group, Pangea Cuisines, AAFCPAs, Swissturn USA, Slims & Berthiaume Sewer Service and Table Talk …

Help needed: College Care Package supplies

This fall we’ll be sending out our next round of College Care Packages to youth in foster care who are defying the odds by attending college. Each care package will be filled to the brim with dorm snacks, hygiene and school supplies, and gift cards and shipped off to a student. Supplies needed! Now through 10/31 we’re accepting donations snacks, gift cards and other dorm goodies to add to …

It’s Back: American Girl event

Do you know a child in in foster care who loves dolls? Nominate him or her for our special event with the American Girl Store in Natick, MA. Children chosen will join us on Friday, November 16th for dinner, activities, a trip to the doll salon and will pick out their very own American Girl Doll. This event is open to children …

Registration open: Run/Walk for Rise Above

Join us for a fun run or walk and a morning of family-friendly activities! The run/walk begins at 9am with registration opening at 8am.Enjoy music, food, kids activities and raffles until noon. Register to run or walk, and start a personal or team fundraising campaign for Rise Above. Registration is free for foster and adopted youth! Proceeds from the event will help us give more local youth in foster care access to …

Rise Above recipient of DCF Community Leadership Award

We were deeply honored to receive the 2018 Commissioner’s Community Leadership Award as part of DCF’s annual Foster and Adoptive Parent Recognition Brunch earlier this month. It was humbling to be recognized for our work alongside the incredible foster and adoptive parents also receiving awards.

Giving the gift of play to a child

In honor of  May being Foster Care Month, Rise Above was part of a very special day for little Mya and her forever family, who recently made her adoption from foster care official! In partnership with Pelletier Properties, we were thrilled to reveal to them a beautiful new playroom. Check out this video newcoverage from NBC10 Boston of the moment we welcomed Mya into her new room.   

Partnering to serve more Lowell youth

We’re honored to be the recipient of a $10,000 grant from NETSCOUT’s Heart of Giving Program in partnership with the Greater Lowell Community Foundation! This support will enable us to increase the number of youth in foster care in Lowell area we will be able to give the chance to try new activities, pursue a passion or achieve their educational goals. Thank you, NETSCOUT, …

Scholarship Opportunity

We’re now accepting applications for our annual Mercedes Legacy of Smiles Scholarship. In memory of Rise Above’s co-founder, Mercedes Ramirez-Newkirk, we are excited to offer a $1,500 award to one student who will be enrolled in college during the 2018-2019 academic year. The scholarship is designed to reward an individual who has spent time in the Massachusetts foster care system and …

Annual Comedy Show raises more than $21,000 for Rise Above’s mission

More than 200 supporters joined us for a night of laughter, games, raffles and great food. The event raised over $21,000 for kids in foster care! Thank you James’ Breakfast and More, SEIU Local 509, Enlightened Interventions, LLC, PS Event Rentals, Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company, Reliant Medical Group and Milford National Bank for your generous support!