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Bea’s passion for disability-related services and issues enhance her internship experience

Bea Chihak was introduced to Rise through Cow Tipping Press, a local organization that works to amplify the voices of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through creative writing. A spring graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Bea majored in history, with a concentration on law and social justice,

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Intern Alex Samek produced short videos about coming back to work

Alex Samek graduated in May 2019 from Minnesota State University of Moorhead (MSUM) with a major in film production and a minor in advertising.
Alex created short videos that clearly explained and showed what has been done or altered in Rise’s many work places and the precautions taken so that

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Intern Izzy Spriggs plans to continue on in social work

Izzy Spriggs attends Indiana University Bloomington and plans to plans to graduate in May 2021 with a degree in psychology and minors in German and sociology.
“I enjoy working with people with disabilities,” said Izzy. “I am also am interested in developing volunteer coordination skills.”
As the lead intern of

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Intern Selena Munson works on important diversity and inclusion issues

Although Selena Munson hadn’t heard of Rise before she began her research for meaningful internships, she was drawn to the agency’s important mission. Selena is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in human resource; she plans to graduate in May 2021 from Dordt University in Sioux

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Despite the pandemic, Sophia contributes much to Rise during internship

Sophia Ward is a senior at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and will graduate in May 2021 with a major in business management and leadership and a minor in data analytics.
“Rise’s mission is close to my heart and I was excited to get an internship here,”

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Emma expands her experiences with Rise internship

Emma Metzger-Lane’s internship with Rise comes to a close May 8, having served as an intern at Rise Coon Rapids in program development. She graduated in May from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a degree in human development and family studies and plans to further pursue a master’s degree in

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Abbey hones professional skills with Rise internship

Abigail (Abbey) Butzine served as an intern with Rise’s Marketing and Development Departments and plans to graduate from the University of Minnesota in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in retail merchandising with a minor in management and product design. She will  then pursue a career in the product development

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LeeAnna honed skills, contributed much to Rise during internship

LeeAnna White is graduating from Michigan State University in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in media and information. She will continue to intern with Rise’s Advancement team for several weeks as she continues her job search.
LeeAnna has worked on a number of important communication projects, including writing articles for the

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Following Rise internship, Taylor pursues public health career

A May 2020 graduate of St. Catherine University in St. Paul in public health policy, Taylor Klenner interned in administration at Rise Spring Lake through May 8.
“Rise’s mission and focus on improving people’s lives really spoke to me,” she said. “I enjoyed participating in planning meetings for ongoing and

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Kari Hovey contributed much to Rise during internship

Kari Hovey took a break from her job as a speech therapist in the public schools to explore different settings and intern with Rise in assistive technology. She worke with people served at Rise Crystal who have intellectual and physical disabilities.
Having earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of

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Ruth Howard, part-time volunteer, Diet Coke enthusiast, and full-time grandmother, enjoys keeping busy!

By Advancement Team Intern LeeAnna White
When Ruth learned about Rise’s important mission through her sister, it piqued her interest in volunteering. With her vibrant personality, Ruth has been an invaluable volunteer supporting Human Resources (HR) and Administrative team members at Rise Spring Lake Park for the past six months.

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Music Man John Thorp offers great tunes for fun times

By Caitlin Maly, Rise intern
With a passion for both spending time with people who have disabilities and playing music, Rise volunteer and former van driver, John Thorp thoroughly enjoys hosting dancing and social events throughout the Twin Cities area.
He describes himself as “a big volunteer guy!” and has

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Volunteer Haley Bremer offers yoga classes

With New Age music playing softly in the background, “yogis” Rachel (shown here) and Andrea joined Volunteer Haley Bremer for an hourlong yoga class. Using a soothing voice, Haley led the two women through stretches and poses specifically adapted to meet their individual needs and physical capabilities.
“It’s nice to

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Bev Wolters thrives on the variety of volunteering projects

“I think variety is the spice of life for volunteering,” said Bev Wolters. “I really enjoy doing so many different kinds of things with different people and at different locations.”
Bev discovered a list of volunteer opportunities with Rise online in October 2016 and met with Volunteer Coordinator Zoe Leonard-Monrad

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Volunteer Kay Rosenthal assists people explore their creative sides

It all started with a “guest” presentation that she made with her friend and veteran Rise volunteer, Mary Jellison, to a group served in Rise’s Adult Day Program (ADP) back in April 2017. Kay Rosenthal demonstrated spinning natural fibers on her spinning wheel and they were an enthusiastic audience. Just

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Volunteer Mike Brisky carries on his father’s legacy in service

From the sound of the cheers when he walked in the door at Rise’s Adult Day Program at the Emma B. Howe Northtown YMCA in Coon Rapids, you’d think a rock star had just arrived. Well, you’d be close – it’s Volunteer Mike Brisky who has come to spend time

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Volunteer Lauren Kozlak helps people ‘dress for success’

With a keen eye for fashion, Lauren Kozlak enjoys helping others dress comfortably and look good. She volunteers one morning a week at Rise, primarily working in Michael’s Closet as well as helping out with other special projects when needed.
“I like meeting with people one-on-one to find out a

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Volunteer Liam Moran lends his expertise to assist people better understand critical financial issues

On just their third meeting with volunteer Liam Moran, the trio was on a mission in a local Target store to learn more about making good purchasing decisions within their budgets. You could call this session, Real Life Spending 101. As they moved through

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Volunteers Marcia Bell and Amber are day-brighteners for people Rise serves

When Marcia Bell snaps on the special blue leash around Amber’s neck, the energetic, playful English shepherd quickly transitions into her calmer, mellower personality. Amber knows it’s time to “go to work” as a therapy dog.
For the past eight months, Marcia and Amber have gone to Rise’s Data Ability

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Volunteer Katie Dennis enjoys helping people with fun, creative art projects

Every other Monday at Rise’s Creative Partnerships South facility in Bloomington is extra special for the men and women who participate in Art Speaks because Volunteer Katie Dennis is on hand to assist them with their work.
Katie is a senior financial analyst for Allianz Life in Golden Valley, responsible

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Volunteer Jenny Poyorena finds many different ways to support Rise

Jenny Poyorena is an enthusiastic volunteer who is generous with her time and talents, Over the past few years, she has supported Rise in several different ways.
Jenny is the controller for American Converters, Inc. (Amcon) in Fridley which produces custom foam fabricating products for customers nationwide. People from Rise are well-integrated into Amcon’s

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