On August 9th, Kandice Pollack, Jennifer Mayo, Ashley Cutsail and Cristina Bernal, all Temple Future Professionals, volunteered their time and talents at the Block Party for Lucas Village. They worked alongside those from the RISE (Rotarian Initiative for Successful Employment) project and members of the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek (RCCC).
RISE was born of the desire to significantly impact the lives of public housing residents living in Lucas Village, formerly known as “Sagner” on the east side of Frederick. After almost a year of planning, RISE was established to address what is the main hurdle among the residents of Lucas Village, high unemployment. Unless residents gain access to mentorships and networking opportunities coupled with professional training and jobs, they are bound to serious hardships.
In May 2013, RCCC, along with important partners from the Frederick Community, launched RISE’s 6-month pilot project with the hope of significantly and positively changing the lives of public housing residents in the city of Frederick. RISE is currently running its second mentoring program with seven mentors providing support to seven motivated mentees.
The Block Party provided guests with groovin’ music and tasty treats! There were activities for everyone such as a moon bounce, dunk tank, football toss, and face painting!
One of the main attractions was provided by Kandice,
Jennifer, Ashley, and Cristina, who volunteered doing hairstyling and handing out coupons and Paul Mitchell product samples.
“THE TEMPLE Future Professionals had a constant supply of willing customers at their tables, and were absolutely delightful to work with. . . Thank you Sharon Riser and THE TEMPLE” raves Lisa Ausherman, member of the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek.