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ABOUT RISE (Readiness thru Integrated Service Engagement): The RISE program from Volunteer New York! connects adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) to nonprofits in the community where they can build skills while volunteering. Volunteer opportunities may include in-person, virtual, or remote projects based on individuals' strengths and interests. RISE addresses the growing need to find meaningful community engagement for adults who are eager to take action to strengthen our communities and promotes community inclusion through volunteerism. We believe that Everyone Can Serve.

RISE is managed by Patti Colombo, MS, CTRS, who brings over 30 years of experience as a Recreation Therapist working with adults with developmental disabilities. For questions about this program please call 914-227-9312 or email

The Volunteer New York! RISE program is made possible with generous support from the Taft Foundation


Volunteer New York! and WIHD are collaborating to offer a 10-month (September – June) leadership development program for young adults with developmental disabilities. The program provides accommodations for various learning needs in a small group cohort and requires participants to apply and be accepted into the program. Deadline to apply is June 30th. To find out more click below.

VOLUNTEERING 101 is a workshop offered by the RISE program, to help educate adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their family members or a community support person/staff about how to get involved in volunteering in Westchester, Rockland, or Putnam Counties. Currently, all workshops are being offered through Zoom. Individuals participating in this workshop will have a better understanding of the impact of volunteering for themselves and for the community, and how to use Volunteer New York! resources to find volunteer opportunities that match their interests.




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