What's New

What's New


An Important Update from RISE

Dear Friends

Like many of you, we are working to help stop the spread of the virus by working from home and cancelling in-person programs for the time being. We are working to develop projects for our youth to work on at home and an online platform for them to get together virtually.

In the coming weeks we will be rolling out more virtual lessons and resources. We are hosting a  weekly knitalong on Wednesdays for community members of all levels to knit together. We will also be hosting a weekly sewing workshop on Fridays as part of Project: Sew and Protect, our new initiative to deliver hand sewn protective apparel to organizations in need of supplies.

 We also want to share with you some important resources during this challenging time:

General Information:

Food Assistance:

Resources for Businesses:

Emergency Assistance:

Free Technology Resources:

Mental Health Resources:

Educational Activities and Resources:

Project: Sew & Protect

Learn more about our response to the urgent need for protective face masks and neck gaiters and how YOU can help at home. No money required. Just sewing. Check out Project: Sew & Protect

Open Call: Art Underneath the Elevated 2020

RISE launched an open call for artists to submit proposals for temporary art installations in 2020 to activate the public space underneath/adjacent to the elevated A-train in Rockaway, Queens.  All applications were due March 2nd. Stay tuned for the announcement of the artists selected for this years installations. 

Sign up now for Aqua 101

Aqua 101 is a summer day camp program for middle schoolers. Participants will gain a better appreciation for the natural environment through healthy outdoor recreation and environmental science exploration. For more information, click here.