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RISE Listener Comments:

Enclosed is a donation given in memory of my mother.  After she lost her vision and moved into a nursing home, she spent many hours listening to RISE radio.  It was her life-line, keeping her informed and entertained.  Please keep up the good work.

Thank you for the RISE equipment. It’s marvelous!

My sincere appreciation for the wonderful RISE service providing me “Sight through Sound” I look forward to listening every day and your readers should be commended.

My Uncle was legally blind and got so much pleasure from listening to RISE.

Enclosed is my fathers’ broken radio and a donation for your service. Thanks a million for replacing the radio for him.  He is enjoying your great programs again which he missed very much when his radio stopped playing.

Thank you for providing such a wonderful and needed service.

The RISE radio you provided to my father has made such a difference in his day as he enjoys all of the programs. Thank you for your service and best of luck to you and your volunteers as you continue your wonderful work.

Listening to RISE is such an important part of my life.  Thank you for helping to keep me current with the news, it has given me a big lift.


Enclosed is my donation, in appreciation for WMHT-RISE.  It is difficult for me to be mobile and I derive comfort and joy from listening to RISE.

From the moment I awake in the morning I find myself listening to RISE.  I listen all day long and it is a constant companion filling my world with news and interesting information.  Thank you for this service.

I have lost my sight due to macular degeneration and it became too difficult and time consuming for me to try to read.  I finally gave up and cancelled my newspaper and magazine subscription.  I can’t tell you what a lifesaver it is to have learned about RISE.  Now I just listen to my favorite magazines as the wonderful volunteers read them to me.  Thank you  very  much and I thank the volunteers for all they do for me.

I mostly listen to the newspaper and Bargain Bin on RISE.  I like to hear what is on sale at the grocery store before I go shopping.  It gives me ideas on what to shop for and also which store has sales on the items I need.  Each volunteer reader has their own style and I like them all very much.

RISE Volunteer Quotes:

RISE is a really great volunteer experience, very rewarding, great people and, on top of that - it is so much fun!  Tina

I look forward to reading for RISE!  It is great to know you are doing something that is actually helpful, is a lot of fun, and you get to meet the nicest and interesting people. Marian D

Volunteering with RISE is a pleasure. It feels like you are meeting with a good friend and sharing the day's news. And in fact you are and you receive that same warm feeling of sharing with a friend. John H.

I feel that, in retirement, volunteering is a great way to make new friends, learn about new areas of interest and "do a good turn"  in our area ".RISE is all of this and it's fun...as long as you like reading aloud.....books or magazines or newspapers or come  up with a new theme or topic for RISE Manager Joyce Stah. Colin C.

Of my few volunteer activities RISE is the most meaningful to me. Even though the exchange with the listeners is electronic only I feel a connection is being in made and via that remote connection I believe there is mutual uplift. Colwyn A.

Reading on RISE is the most fun I have ever had as a volunteer. It is also quite gratifying to know that we are keeping our listeners connected and up to date in a way that no other media can do for the blind and print disabled.  Ed B.

I am so glad I volunteer for RISE.  It is rewarding to know that we are bringing the news of the day - in detail - to those who would otherwise only have access to a short news recap on TV.  And because both the Times Union and the Gazette are read 7 days a week listeners are able to follow stories of interest as they develop.  RISE has been a gift to me on a personal level as well.  It has been an outlet for me during difficult times, and I value the compassion of my reading partners and especially the friendships I have made over the past two years.  I look forward to spending many more years at the microphone!  Thanks!  Sharon S.

I enjoy reading for RISE because it is gratifying to know that listeners are receiving an immediate benefit.  I also have enjoyed all the people I have partnered with on RISE - they read because they care. Georgiana P.

Recording books for RISE is fun and easy! I can make my own schedule and record books that I enjoy, at my own convenience. I used to enjoy reading aloud to my daughter. Now, I enjoy reading aloud to my granddaughters and to RISE listeners! Michi Vonnegut

I have so much fun and satisfaction volunteering for RISE, I feel I should be paying for the privilege. I get so much more than I give. Dorothy Boroson

Thank you for allowing me to be a small part of the RISE family and to share my voice with your listeners.  I look forward to every chance that I have to be there and I know how much the listeners value what we do.  Jerry

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