Success and Moving Forward.
March 04, 2016
My name is Christopher Kucich and I work for RISE Now building playgrounds in Mexico! Last February, myself and a team of amazing individuals went down to Mexico and as a group we built 7 playgrounds for communities in Chiapas and Quintana Roo. Completely funded by donations and grassroots support, RISE Now brings tangible change to the lives of hundreds of children in Mexico who need a place to learn, grow, and most importantly to play.
As I stepped away from my first "moto", a tire replication of a motorcycle, children immediately climbed onto it, jumping and laughing and playing together. I truly saw the change that we can bring to the world through hard work, but also through the power of my communities back in the United States, who helped me fundraise $1600 for building supplies like paint, nuts, and bolts that make these tires come to life in a big way and turn trash that is abandoned in gigantic tire graveyards into vibrant spaces that foster positive experiences for children and give them a safe place to be. Growing up in America, I had the privilege of safety and countless places to explore and grow in. Many children all over the world are not as fortunate and they deserve a chance at having some of the same privilege.
We invite anyone and everyone to help RISE Now in my second season down in Mexico in January and February 2016. We are planning to build more playgrounds and to involve local communities and youth to have an amazing experience next year, and we need your help. No donation is too small, for if we mind the pennies the dollars will follow. For the price of a cup of coffee, we can all help build better futures for children who don't have access to play and safety in their everyday life. Thank you all for your time and support. There are many, many ways to help, so please feel free to contact me if you'd like to help in other ways than donating, and together we can make the changes we wish to see in our world. Please check in on our progress at rise-now.org and see what we'be done already! Thanks and have a great day!
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For 3 years our grassroots, 501(c)3, Nonprofit has been making a difference in the lives of hundreds of children and adults. How? By the simple act of bringing playgrounds to communities, schools and towns where there are none today.
We bring together people from around the world to volunteer on the planning and building of imaginative playgrounds made of post consumer tires.
So far we have:
- Built 15 creative playgrounds.
- Involved over 300 hundred of volunteers, from 7 different countries.
- Repurposed over 2000 tires that were headed to landfills or incineration.
- Impacted the lives of thousands of children and communities.
We have done this as a 100% volunteer run organization, funded purely by small donations from individuals like you.
These projects sow the seeds of hope and empowerment for all involved and we are asking for your support.
Next year we plan to do even more! We have 8 playground sites lined up. We will have 2 teams building simultaneously, upcycling another 2000 and turning them into dragons, rocket ships, elephants and more.
When we all work together: donors, volunteers, and partner organizations, free from religious, political or personal agendas, amazing positive progress can be made in short amounts of time. We have seen it with our own eyes.
Take a moment and consider what a wonderful privilege it is to have the opportunity to share the good fortune we experience. At RISE Now we believe that with this privilege comes a responsibility to serve.
Thank you for joining us in this effort.