"RISE to the next Level"

Sharon Fitz & Chanda McGuffin Co-Founders



Overview of RISE


RISE will be a vehicle for giving voice to the voiceless, strength to the weak and support for the lost within 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 the Waynesboro, Virginia community.  In a short period of time, they have created a partnership that leads five sub teams for RISE.


Pastor Paul Oakley

Pastor Paul has been 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 serves as the third leg to the leadership of the RISE organization.  He offers us sound advice and stability within our decision making process.  We couldn't do what we have done without his commitment and his church's involvement.  They have all been so supportive of the mission of RISE.