Inspiring and empowering women through meaningful community service

Welcome to Rise 2020

Formed in 2020, we are a women’s community service group established to provide volunteers to philanthropic organizations that focus on alleviating hunger, poverty, illiteracy, domestic violence and other charitable causes.

Our mission: Inspire and empower women in or nearing the “empty nest” phase of their life through meaningful community service.


R = Ready to Serve  |  I = Inspire  |  S = Socialize  | E = Empower

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Our service events vary in type and length so members may participate in the opportunities that mean the most to them. Ideally, each event has five or more members attending because we all know it’s much more fun to serve with our friends! We do our best to accommodate our members’ unique schedules by offering day, evening, and weekend volunteer opportunities.

If your organization is in need of competent, caring volunteers for a charitable event or ongoing community service needs, please contact us.

Service Partners & Opportunities

  • Packing Lunches for Backpack Program
  • Empty Bowls Fundraiser Donation, Volunteer Participation
  • Food Pantry Sorting
  • Pantry Shopper Assistance

Family Sharing of Ozaukee County website

  • Sandwich Supply Purchasing, Assembling, and Distribution

Guest House of Milwaukee website

  • Horse Therapy Assistance - Assistant or Lead Walker
  • Supply Drive 

Heavens Gait Ranch website

  • Building Stock Boxes for Local Seniors, Food Pantries

Hunger Task Force website

  • Packing Outreach Bags
  • Distributing Outreach Bags at Mitchell Domes

Just One More Ministry website

  • Meal Service
  • Auction Basket Contributions for Fundraiser Event
  • Address Envelopes for Faces of Hope Fundraiser
  • Supply Drive

Milwaukee Rescue Mission website

  • Book Fair Assistance
  • Classroom and Library Assistance
  • Participation in Salsa Sampler Fundraiser
  • Participation in Trivia Night Fundraiser
  • School Supply Drive, Sorting, Distribution
  • Thanksgiving Baskets Assembly, Distribution
  • Sort and Wrap Holiday Gifts

Notre Dame School of Milwaukee website

  • Food Pantry Sorting, Distribution
  • Participation in Kickoff of the Feed the Kid's Program
  • Summer Kid’s Lunch Assembly, Distribution
  • Coats for Kids Sorting
  • Christmas Toy Distribution Program
  • Packing Backpacks Activity 
  • Assist at the Fore the Kettle Golf Invitational

Salvation Army website

  • Holiday Party-Gift Drive, Sorting and Wrapping
  • Assist at Christmas Party

SEA Literacy website

  • Milwaukee County Pet Walk -Assist with Parking 
  • Ozaukee County Pet Walk -Assist with Parking
  • Pet Supply Drive

Wisconsin Humane Society website

  • Assist at Day of Walk in Promise Garden Tent and Kids' Tent

Walk to End Alzheimer's website

  • Ongoing collection of Pop Tabs

Ronald McDonald House website

  • Assist at Mel's Pig Roast Fundraising Event

Mel's Charities website

  • Assist at Mobile Meal Packing Event

Feed My Starving Children's website


To build and support the friendships we make through group volunteerism, we offer our members a variety of social events, varying from cocktails and appetizers to luncheons, community events, outings, and inspiring and enriching speakers or activities. We do our best to accommodate our members’ unique schedules by offering day, evening, and weekend social opportunities.

  • Monthly Book Group
  • Backyard Summer Soiree
  • Bowling
  • Pontoon Boat Party
  • CPR Training
  • Exclusive Tour of the Milwaukee Public Library
  • Fashion Show
  • Happy Hour Social
  • Hiking 
  • Milwaukee Ghost Walking Tour
  • Mindfulness and Resiliency Presentation
  • Minigolf & Social
  • Movie Night
  • Private Tour of the Pabst Mansion
  • Semi-Annual Luncheon
  • Shully's River Sounds
  • "Souper" Bunco
  • Succulent Planting Class
  • Trivia Night
  • Wine and Painting Party
  • Year End Celebration 
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If you'd like to hear how we might be able to help your organization or if you want more information about our group, contact us.

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Board of Directors

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  • Lynn Johnson | Founder & President

  • Kath Erlandson-Siegenthaler | Vice President at Large

  • Brittany White | Vice President Philanthropy

  • Andi Zimmerman | Vice President Finance/Treasurer

  • Jill Belardi | Vice President Communications

  • Sally Haderlein | Vice President Social

  • Ann Gorlinski | Vice President Membership

  • Karrie Fiorentini | Secretary