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Rise Up Hagerstown



A project to give second chance employment training to individuals in need in the Washington County, MD and surrounding areas.

The three biggest issues facing Washington County are joblessness, drug addiction and previous incarceration. These three issues often exist together. There are limited job opportunities for people who have struggled with a past that follows them and the jobs that are available do not allow any chance for real life improvement.  While Hagerstown is an affordable city, it is virtually impossible to work for little more than minimum wage and save anything for an education.  And certain histories of incarceration preclude a person from receiving federally funded student loans, thereby virtually locking someone in poverty.

According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, psychological needs (food, warmth, water, rest) and safety needs (safety and security) are the basis of psychological well-being, followed by esteem, belonging and self-actualization. This means that to be fully happy, the most basic needs a person has are food, shelter, safety, etc…  These needs surpass all others. The first step in solving the socio-economic problems of hopelessness associated with rising poverty, drug use and unemployment is to give people the hope of a secure future.

Rise Up Hagerstown will partner with the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) a non-profit organization which provides training for electricians, plumbers and contractors.  Rise Up Hagerstown will raise scholarship funds and provide the screening and selection process as well as ongoing support for those who qualify to begin training for a new career. The cost for one year of training for each student is approximately $2000. The second (final) year is usually an internship with a local employer who pays the tuition in exchange for work.

Rise Up Hagerstown’s mission is to raise monies through grants and philanthropic gifts to provide career training for people in need. The more people are given a chance to better their life, the more everyone succeeds. The more people fall through the cracks, the more everyone fails. It benefits everyone in our community to see others succeed.

Contact Us:


Mailing Address:  PO Box 3527, Hagerstown, MD 21742

Phone:  1.833.966.5683

Facebook:  Coming Soon

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