All people deserve the opportunity to achieve their God-given potential and follow their dreams. UpWorks is a Christian non-profit committed to partnering with our local communities to empower all individuals to flourish.
Collaboration, Community Listening, Empowerment, Leadership Development, Reconciliation, Spirit-Led, Prayerful, Generosity
Celebrating and developing each person’s God-given potential to contribute to our world.
We envision communities where relationships are forming and where people are connecting with resources to gain hope and to improve their lives.
UpWorks was founded as a Twin Cities based nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in 2011. From the beginning, UpWorks purpose was to walk alongside individuals as they developed goals for employment and/or education. Individuals are referred to UpWorks from partner organization who assist adults with re-entering society from incarceration, drug and alcohol treatment centers, and other difficult life situations. Since then this initial purpose of celebrating and developing individuals has grown to include mentoring and career readiness programs and services for adults, as well as mentoring and prevention programs and services for school-aged children.
Our Goal: Developing Individuals, Strengthening Communities
UpWorks collaborates with organizations to serve the community by listening to residents, identifying gaps, offering services, resources and opportunities in a way that leads to empowerment, not dependency. UpWorks values and advocates for racial equity and serves all ethnicities, backgrounds, and faith beliefs. UpWorks is a Christian organization, but our curriculum design, programs, and services are open and welcoming to people from all cultures and faiths. Our mentoring services and curriculum are based on mainstream coaching models, and our staff and volunteers do not proselytize.
The Team- Full Time
Doctor of Organizational Leadership | Grand Canyon University (In Progress)
Program & Volunteer Administrator
Master of Arts, Community Development | Eastern University
Director of Empowering Adults
Master of Strategic Leadership | Bethel University
Director of Community Relations
Master of Arts in Theology and Arts (In Progress) firstname.lastname@example.org
The Team – Part Time
Communications & Branding Specialist
Cody Buck Schimelpfenig
Sr. Director Managing Counsel at Schwan’s Company
VP/Business Development at Robert Half International
Program Manager, Hennepin County HSPHD
CFO at Real Resources, Inc.
Vice President of Lutheran Church Ext. Fund
Retired, Former President Vision Ministry Partners
Business Development Coordinator, MN Chamber of Commerce
Program Manager, Minneapolis Urban League
Director of Global Leadership Development, Ecolab
Co-founder, Dove Ministries
Sr. Research Analyst 1 – Managing Director, Thrivent Financial