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"RISE to the next Level"

Sharon Fitz & Chanda McGuffin Co-Founders


Our Recent Work

RISE Headquarters Grand Opening

August 2020

Approximately 2,000 square foot facility for learning and training of young people and adults.  This beautiful spaces houses the All Black Library with books from pre-K to adults.  The books can be checked out with a RISE library card.

Sean Perryman Visits RISE 

April 2021

Lt Governor Candidate, Sean Perryman came to tour the RISE headquarters and meet constituents.  The RISE children posed questions to him that they had prepared prior to coming to RISE.  They asked challenging questions and loved the experience.


RISE will be a vehicle for giving voice to the voiceless, strength to the weak and support for the lost within the Black community. RISE will give hope back to the Black community. 

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.  We are the ones we've been waiting for.  

We are the change that we seek."  

President Barack Obama

Co~Founders of RISE

Sharon Fitz and Chanda McGuffin didn't know each other until November 2017, but they have forged a force to be reckoned with in Virginia.  In a short period of time, they have created a partnership that leads five sub teams.


Pastor Paul Oakley

Pastor Paul was a part of every conversation, activity and event since we started the bridging the gap conversations right after the deadly racial unrest in Charlottesville in 2017.  He has engaged his members  of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship here in Waynesboro with financial support, volunteers for the reading and writing camp and organizing all the food for the students.  

Pastor Paul offers us sound advice and stability within our decision making process.  His voice of reason and weighing the options have been a constant over the past few years.