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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/Clerical Services

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

Adult Day Program / YMCA Recreation

Rise's Adult Day program offers recreational and leisure activities for people with disabilities. You can assist 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. 

Art Speaks

Would you like to help people find their voice through art? Rise’s art therapy program enables the people we serve express themselves through a variety of art mediums. As a volunteer with Art Speaks, you provide an invaluable extra set of hands to 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

See what Katie Dennis thinks about her volunteer work with Art Speaks. 

Community Outings

Make a difference in someone’s life by brightening their day on a community outing. Assist with one-on-one support by pushing a wheelchair or supporting their mobility so they can enjoy enriching activities like the Minnesota State Fair, gardening at a community garden, visits to zoos and museum, volunteer activities, or attending advocacy rallies at the Minnesota State Capitol.

Lunch Pal

Want to make someone's day? Want to meet interesting people? Many of the people we serve like to play cards, read the newspaper, or chat with others during their lunch break. We are seeking volunteers to come play, talk, listen and befriend the people we serve during their lunch break.

Mock Job and Informational Interviews

Would you be willing to assist job-seekers in honing their interviewing skills and provide valuable feedback to them so they can ace their important job interview? This is an on-call opportunity and based on your availability.


Rise is seeking someone to warmly welcome persons served and community members at our administrative offices in Spring Lake Park. This is an on-call position.

Special Events

Rise hosts a variety of community events throughout the year, including our Celebrate Rise Fundraising Galaour 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? Read what Jenny Poyorena enjoys about her volunteer work with the gala and other special events. 

Special Projects

We have many special projects for groups or individuals throughout the year. Maybe you’d like to go on community outings with people we serve. Perhaps you have highly technical skills like engineering or computer sciences and could help us with a specialized project. 

With more than 20 locations throughout the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota, we can always use extra hands to keep our properties looking great! Gather a group to help out with building beautification projects like painting, gardening, or yard clean up.  

We also have projects you can do at home or at your group’s site, such as assembling kits with personal hygiene items, the makings of a holiday dinner, items for a child's birthday party, or things people would need for a job interview. 

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.

Therapy Animals

Do you have a registered therapy animal who would like to make friends with some of the people we serve? We would love to have them come visit!!

Internship Opportunities

Internships provide hands-on experience in direct service or administrative roles that can help you launch your career. We have opportunities to fit a broad range of college majors and learning goals.       

Internship opportunities are offered year round and are flexible to fit your school scheduling. Professional areas include: human services, governmental affairs, development and special events, and community partnership development. For an up-close look at how five interns benefitted from their experience at Rise in the summer of 2017, read this feature from the Rise Reporter.

Current intern positions are posted frequently on our Careers page so be sure to check back often.

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 our 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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