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Bismarck In Need of More Volunteers

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As communities grow, so does the need for volunteers in many organizations.

Bismarck is one community experiencing this.

Steph Scheurer shares the story of two young men...how mentoring changed both of their lives...and how giving just a little of your time can make a difference.

"I took a look into it and it sounded like a very worthwhile program so I signed up," says Devon Waldron, Volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Devon signed up to be a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, an organization that helps children reach their full potential through one-on-one mentoring.

"There's always a need for volunteers...more-so big brothers than big sisters but we're always happy to have big sisters as well. Sometimes little boys can wait on the list for up to two years before being matched with a big brother and that's just too long for us," says Deanna Larson, Case Manager, BBBS.

Currently Big Brothers Big Sisters has 75 volunteers.

But Deanna says they still have 25 boys and eight girls on a waiting list to be paired with a mentor.

This organization is not the only one in need of more help.

MSA United Way says there is constantly a huge need for more volunteers.

They recently launched a new website called volunteer bisman.com.

Partnering agencies can post volunteer opportunities and in-kind needs to recruit volunteers.

Devon has been paired with Steven through Big Brothers Big Sisters for nearly four years now.

"I feel like I am not just a part of a program anymore and he's more than that now," says Steven Weigel, 13 yrs old, Big Brothers Big Sisters.

And Steven is more to him as well.

Volunteering has changed both of their lives.

"I have become, I feel like a more open, loving person as a result because there are a lot of things and hardships in my life that caused me to be a little more distant and Steven taught me that those parts of me weren't gone anymore," says Waldron.

"I think it's great to give back. I think it helps you appreciate your own life and have gratitude for all the gifts that we have," says Larson.

MSA United Way is already looking for volunteers for their Day of Caring on August 13.

This year, their goal is to recruit 1,000 volunteers to do 50 projects in the community.

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