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Volunteer Opportunities

Get Involved

Volunteer Opportunities

Pre-pandemic RISE was fortunate to host several community volunteers inside Nebraska's state prison facilities to help with one-on-one coaching during RISE In-Prison Program milestone events. Unfortunately, due to obstacles beyond RISE's control, those opportunities have changed.

What used to be 60+ volunteers entering a facility with us each month, has now changed to solely approved RISE staff members and, if approved by the Department of Corrections (and calendars align), we are lucky to bring in one or two NDCS-approved community volunteers per event.

What we know, understand, and personally feel is that this is frustrating and heartbreaking - to us, our program participants, longtime volunteers, and our new friends anxious to volunteer.

What we don't know is when this will change or improve. Again, this is beyond RISE's control, and that makes it all the more difficult.

Under "normal" circumstances, new and expired (those having not entered a Nebraska state facility in over a year) volunteers must submit background check forms and attend an online training session through the state's Department of Corrections. This is a nine month process.

At this time, unfortunately, this process is on hold. When this opportunity opens back up, you'll be sure to hear from us.  ;)  A lot.

So what can you do right now?

  • Volunteer to review resumes, personal statements, and business ideas during our Online Coaching events! You can see those details below.
  • Share our mission on social media!
  • Start using people-first language (we don't work with inmates, cons, felons, etc. - we work with people).
  • Support our mission with a monetary donation.
  • "Give supportive space" during our community-based events for the RISE Youth & Family Program and the RISE Business Academy!
  • Ask RISE to speak at your event, conference, church, Rotary Club, panel, college, etc. 
  • HIRE RISE GRADUATES!
  • Get involved in policy and advocacy! We can't change records, but we can change the policies that impact them!

Questions?

Email Chantal Wentz, RISE Volunteer Relations Manager

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