Rise n' Shine: Making a Difference in the Lives of Children Affected by HIV/AIDS
Janet Trinkaus, of Snohomish, founded the Rise n' Shine non-profit organization in 1988 to serve children who live with AIDS and HIV or who have been affected by the disease. When Trinkaus started the organization, it consisted of only five members and operated out of her Snohomish farm. However, through Trinkaus’ strong desire to make a difference, everlasting dedication and non-stop hard work, she has established a successful agency that serves over 150 adolescents in Western Washington. The main functions of the Rise n' Shine agency are to provide emotional support programs, stability, advocacy and AIDS education for children and teens that live with and are affected by HIV/AIDS. Rise n' Shine offers several programs to benefit children who are affected by this debilitating disease. The mentoring program gives participants a “big buddy” or “little buddy” relationship with a highly-involved volunteer who they are able to foster an everlasting relationship with. Volunteers assist children with self-esteem, goal setting and socialization skills. Also, Rise n' Shine offers a summer camp program for children that consists of traditional camping experiences, character building and physical challenges. Campers get the opportunity to participate in canoeing, archery, swimming, fishing and hiking among other things. Finally, Rise n' Shine provides various support services that help them overcome the emotional challenges caused by HIV/AIDS.
To learn more about how you can support Rise n' Shine through volunteering, donating or sponsoring an event, visit the Rise n' Shine website.