How can you help?

1. Donate

Making a donation via our Donate page is the quickest and most effective way to help.

2. Put Together a Launch Box

Each year, hundreds of Massachusetts youth age out of the foster care system. Launch Boxes provide a few basic necessities as these young adults transition out on their own for the first time. A Launch Box is a plastic bin filled with basic supplies—such as towels, toiletries, and utensils—that will help young adults transition out of foster care to independent living. Specifically designed for young adults (18 to 23 years old) without a traditional safety net, Launch Boxes are given to the young adult by their social worker as a tangible and practical gift from the community.

Launch Boxes are a great way for community groups to donate in a tangible, meaningful way and help a local young adult transition out of foster care. Items can be found at dollar stores and other discount retailers. Small groups can divide up the list and individuals can shop separately to contribute to one Launch Box.

Click here for a shopping list and all the details you need.

3. Donate Items for Care Packages

COVID-19 CHANGES: We know that many of the college-aged youth are having to manage new academic expectations and changed living plans because of the pandemic; we are committed to continuing to support them. However, with less youth on college campuses and the safety and logistical challenges of utilizing in-person volunteers, we are adjusting our College Care Packages for Spring 2021. We’re only able to accept gift cards or monetary donations. Gift cards are needed to grocery stores, big box stores (like Walmart, Target and CVS), or to food chains that offer takeout. Monetary donations are also always needed. Send gift cards to us at PO Box 174, Northbridge, MA 01534. E-gift cards can be sent to

4. Volunteer / Host an Event

Rise Above is in need of help planning special fundraisers! If you are interested in lending a hand or have an idea for a fundraiser, please contact us.

Other ideas include hosting a yard sale, dinner party, bake sale or raffle for Rise Above. Get your friends, family and co-workers involved! For more information, contact us.