In 2008, TWR was founded by college students after one of their classmates discovered that their 9 year-old cousin was living in a car. They wanted to do something but they came across some obstacles because they were all under the age of 21. Government agencies denied their help due to Federal regulations. There were no organizations like TWR that welcomed young people to join their efforts.
After telling others about their vision, the students were inspired by encouragement from friends and colleagues to use their ambition to help others and start something. From that came Together We Rise. There weren't many organizations around that created a way to help kids in foster care without becoming a foster parent, and certainly none that would allow students to help, or atleast a role large enough to make a substantial difference. So a movement was created to change the way youth experience foster care.
We are advocates. We are young, ambitious, humanitarians, artists, and students. We are unique individuals who are ready to see change in this world and are eager to pursue it. As a non-profit, our team is completely compiled of passionate interns and volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of foster children across the U.S. By building awareness and fundraising we hope to better the lives of children and give them a sense of normalcy in their sometimes turbulent world. The foster care system can be a confusing and sometimes disheartening place, but through our fundraising and network of passionate volunteers, we strive to give foster children a brighter future, a sense of normalcy and belonging. Events like the National Build-a-Bike Tour, Sports Camps, and Sweet Cases allow foster youth to get out, play, and learn new skills just like any other kid. Our Aging Out program also provides resources to older youth who are leaving the foster care system. We strive to be the helping hand that foster youth need so that they may go confidently onto their futures.