Designed to engage the public in understanding the potential eco-system that a well-informed community and healthy coastal environment can provide for themselves and their families.


Pajama and Coat Drive

Thursday, December 19, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
RISE Center

Join RISE, Askhrcart, and J. Backer Group for a free pajama and coat drive for children this winter. The pajamas and coats will be geared towards kids ages 4-12 years old. We will also be providing festive food, drinks, and music. We ask that all parents register here noting their child's age, gender, and clothing size. The giveaway will continue while supplies last.

Rockaway Holiday Market

Wednesday, December 11, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The RISE Center, RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd

Join RISE for our annual Holiday Market! We will have a large selection of local Rockaway based vendors. Products include locally made soap, baked goods, jewelry, stationary, and much more. So, come purchase local produce and holiday gifts on December 11th! 

If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact for more information.

Rockaway Thanksgiving Feast

Saturday, November 23, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The RISE Center, RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd

RISE invites you to join us for a special Thanksgiving meal to give thanks and celebrate our amazing community of friends, family, and neighbors. 

The meal is FREE to all, but attendees must register in advance for every person. The meal will include all the Thanksgiving favorites prepared by local Rockaway partners. 


Special thanks to Sang Lee Farms and L+M Development Partners for making this event possible. 

Sandy Anniversary Planting & Clean-Up

Saturday, October 19, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Beach 44th St and Rockaway Beach Blvd

For the anniversary of Storm Sandy, RISE is bringing people of all ages together to create a natural protective buffer for the Rockaway community.

As we learned from the storm, the natural vegetation and dunes that exist off our shores served as a protective buffer to the homes and businesses that exist in these areas. Many of these dunes were compromised by the storm and need to be replenished to be effective.

Families and people of all ages are welcome to participate in this dune restoration project. Students can receive community service hours. No registration is required. This event is rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.

Special thanks to LaGuardia Gateway Partners, NYC DEP, NYC Ferry, NYS DEC, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event.

6th Annual Hip Hop Halloween

Saturday, October 12, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd

Join RISE for the 6th Annual Hip Hop Halloween. Celebrate Halloween with family and friends in the Hip Hop Community Garden by taking part in painting a pumpkin, face painting and festive food. This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.

Fall Dune Planting

Saturday, October 5, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Beach 44th St and Rockaway Beach Blvd

Come join the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance for a community volunteer day culminating in a celebration of the land and water. For this dune restoration we will be planting shrubs and native grasses to create a natural protective buffer of dunes along the east end of the Rockaways. Adults and kids alike are welcome to participate in this event. Dress accordingly.

Registration is not required but students looking to do community service hours are encouraged to bring paperwork from their schools.

Special thanks to NYC DEP, NYC Ferry, NYS DEC, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event.

Daffodil Giveaway

Saturday, October 5, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
The RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd

New Yorkers for Parks is offering free daffodil bulbs for any Rockaway community groups or individuals interested in hosting projects at their schools', businesses' or neighborhood's blocks.

RISE is hosting the Queens distribution event at the RISE Center located at 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692. Click here to register with New Yorkers for Parks. 

Crafting Self Care: Learn to Knit Pt.2

Monday, August 12, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

In this second series of Learn to Knit. Joyce, one of our volunteers and DIY craft extraordinaire, will teach us how to do the knit and purl stitches. You do not have to have attended Learn to Knit pt. 1 to attend. Knitting is a great activity for self-care... knitting with others is even better!

In exchange for FREE learn to knit classes, we ask that you consider donating your finished product. We will have more details about where you can bring your finished product during class.

If you have your own knitting supplies, please bring them!