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Service is at the heart of everything Rise does -- and you can help! There are many ways you can give your time and talents to help us further our important work.  As a first step to getting involved, fill out Rise's volunteer application.

Read more about Rise's volunteer program in the March 2016 issue of the Rise Reporter. Here are some of the current volunteer opportunities available. Full job descriptions are in .pdf format under Downloads in the right-hand column.

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Administrative Services

Do you have good organizational skills and love details? Support Rise’s Development operations at Rise's Spring Lake Park location: 8406 Sunset Road N.E. Weekly or bi-weekly commitment with flexible hours. 

Special Events

Rise hosts a variety of community events throughout the year, including our Celebrate Rise Fundraising Gala, our Tapping Into Possibilities "friend-raiser," and Art Speaks artwork exhibits. Would you like to help us plan, set up, and/or work at a special event?

Art Speaks

Would you like to help people find their voice through art? Art Speaks is Rise’s art therapy program that allows the people we serve express themselves through a variety of art mediums. As a volunteer, you provide an invaluable extra set of hands to set up art supplies and assist artists in creating their work. Volunteers make it possible for more of the people we serve to participate at one time!

We are flexible to your needs. Come once a month, bi weekly, or every week. Choose a location and time that works best for you! Bloomington, MN: Mondays 12pm- 1pm Crystal, MN: Tuesdays 12:30pm- 1:15pm Crystal, MN: Wednesdays 12:45pm- 1:30pm Anoka, MN : Fridays 12pm-1pm

Learn more about Art Speaks in this article from the March 2016 issue of the Rise Reporter.

Adult Day Program / YMCA Recreation

Rise's Adult Day program offers recreational and leisure activities for people with disabilities at the Mounds View YMCA. Everyday there is a free hour during which the people we serve can participate in a wide variety of activities, including games, basketball or floor hockey, puzzles, wii game, walking the track, hand bikes, arts and crafts, etc.

We are seeking upbeat volunteers to participate and assist these groups. Monday through Friday 9:30- 11:30 or 11:30- 1pm at Mounds View YMCA. 

Mock Job and Informational Interviews

Assist job-seekers in honing their interviewing skills and provide valuable feedback to them so they can better prepare for important job interviews. This is an on-call opportunity and based on your availability.

Lunch Pal

Want to make someone's day? Want to meet interesting people? Want to play cards? Many of the people we serve like to play cards, read the newspaper, or chat with people during their lunch break. We are seeking volunteers to come play, talk, listen and befriend the people we serve they can live a life filled with purpose! Monday through Friday 11:30am - 1pm at our Spring Lake Park location. 

Special Projects

Support Rise by volunteering individually or as a group for special projects throughout the year. Would you be interested in helping with gardening or painting at our office sites? Perhaps you'd like to go on community outings with people we serve or conduct mock job interviews for job-seekers. Or perhaps you have highly technical skills like engineering or computer sciences and could helps us with a specific project. 

We also have great opportunities you can do with your work team, community group, or friends and family. Our offsite volunteer opportunities packet is a great way to support our organization at a time and location that is best for you.

Call us today to see what special projects are available. 

Check out this article about a special volunteer project Wells Fargo employees conducted in November 2014.

Internship Opportunities

Throughout the year, Rise has various internship opportunities in different program and administrative areas. Internship opportunities include, but are not limited to, job placement services, development (fundraising), special events projects, and governmental / legislative affairs.

Please check the Downloads section to the right to learn more about current internship availability. If you see something you are interested in, please complete this internship application form and send your resume and cover letter to the supervisor listed on the posting. Make sure to check back because additional internships may be posted throughout the year! 

Find out more

To find out more about volunteer opportunities, email Zoe Leonard-Monrad, Rise's volunteer and recruitment coordinator; phone: 763-792-2454.

Already know you want to help?! Fill out the volunteer application to get involved!

Cathi Gustner volunteers with Rise's Art Speaks program and provides a valuable extra set of hands for the artists. She says she truly enjoys the relationships she has developed with them. As a parent of someone with a physical disability, Cathi has additional experience so that she is especially understanding and comfortable; in addition, she has helpful suggestions for customizing art tools. It is not just having extra hands when Cathi is there, it’s like having a partner.

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