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Danny Mendoza founded TWR in 2008 while still in college. After his 9 year-old cousin who was living in a car at the time, reached out, Danny did everything he could to help. Government agencies denied him due to Federal regulations. There were also no organizations like TWR that welcomed young people to join. Danny always had aspirations of seeking positive change, but when he could not find a place to take him on as volunteer at a young age; Danny was left disheartened.

After telling others about his vision, Danny was inspired by encouragement from friends and colleagues to use his ambition to help others and start something himself. From that came Together We Rise. There weren't many organizations around that could help children like his cousin, and certainly none that would allow someone as young as Danny, a role large enough to make a substantial difference. So Danny decided to start his own charity that could help children in foster care while mobilizing young people to make a difference in the world.


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 and 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.