Volunteer with Courage Kenny

The vision of Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute is to partner with people of all ages and abilities to pursue their goals to live, work, learn and play.  Annually, over 2,500 volunteers give 59,000 hours of their time and talents to support a continuum of care from the clinical setting to adaptive outdoor recreation. Our goal is to partner with people to achieve their highest level of independence, health and wellness. We do this by offering excellent services, innovative programs, ground-breaking research and barrier-shattering advocacy. We actively seek and value volunteers with diverse perspectives and life experiences. We will work with you to find your best match.

Our volunteer opportunities include

Metro area sports and recreation volunteers

ckri volunteers in ski gearGet involved as a volunteer with our sports and recreation programs! Participation in adaptive sports and recreational activity has many positive physical, emotional, and social benefits. Volunteers of all skill levels and abilities partner with participants to build their skills, meet their goals, and have fun together. We have over 20 different sports and recreation opportunities available throughout the year. View a full list of opportunities. For more information contact Mari Salveson, Mari.Salveson@allina.com and Khara Hesse, Khara.Hesse@allina.com

Northland sports and recreation volunteers

If you are in the Duluth/Superior area, join us as a volunteer in our sports and recreation programs and special events. Participation in adaptive sports and recreation has many positive physical, emotional, and social benefits. Volunteers of all skill levels and abilities partner with participants to build their skills, meet their goals, and have fun together. From Alpine ski & snowboard in the winter to kayaking in the summer, we have an opportunity for you! View a list of Northland area opportunities. For more information, contact Beth Albrecht, Elizabeth.Albrecht2@allina.com.

Therapy volunteers in the clinical setting

Volunteer opportunities are available at multiple Courage Kenny sites at various locations throughout the Twin Cities. We have opportunities in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy for students who are preparing for a career in a health care therapy area. We will work with you to find the best opportunity to meet your needs and interests. For more information, contact Kurt Wiger at Kurt.Wiger@allina.com.

Aquatics and fitness - Golden Valley and Stillwater

a ckri volunteer helps a woman on an exercise bikeUnder the guidance of an aquatics specialist, volunteers work with youth and adults with disabilities. Volunteers assist participants to help them focus on water adjustment, basic swimming skills, water games and having fun in our warm water pool. Aquatics classes are available in our Stillwater and Golden Valley campuses. Programs include NeuroSplash, water activities and children’s swim lessons.

In team fitness classes, volunteers assist an energetic group of individuals working on their wellness goals. Volunteers are matched with participants to assist them with individualized fitness workouts, mentoring independence and providing encouragement. For more information about aquatics and fitness opportunities, contact Kurt Wiger at Kurt.Wiger@allina.com.

On-site volunteer support

We have a variety of opportunities to support our in-house operations, including guest services, transitional rehabilitation program support, clerical assistance, peer mentoring, HandiHam Radio (remote program), and ABLE (Activity Based Locomotive Exercise). For more information, contact Kurt Wiger at Kurt.Wiger@allina.com.

View descriptions of all volunteer opportunities:

Click the links above and be sure to check out the column featuring our greatest current needs. You will also be able to explore the seasonal opportunities that might interest you. This document is an excellent resource for individual and group volunteer opportunities including descriptions of location, day and time of each role and event.

How to become a volunteer

Click on an application below at the location of your choice. After your application is submitted, one of our coordinators will contact you.

Next steps

Once we discuss where you would like to volunteer, there will be several on-boarding steps required. These steps differ depending on the role, but may include:

  • Orientation
  • General paperwork
  • Vaccination records (for certain roles)
  • Background Check
  • Flu vaccine (for certain roles)
  • Interview (for certain roles)
  • Additional role-specific training

We will work with you to make these steps as seamless as possible. We look forward to hearing from you!

Current volunteers

Online access to VicNet allows you to:

  • view or print your volunteer schedule
  • Complete your timesheet (remote sites)
  • update your personal information
  • receive news and messages
  • review or print a report of your service