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Volunteer-based organizations struggling to find help

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With a struggling economy and talk of a recession, more volunteer-based organizations are having difficulty finding people able to donate their time. Smitha Katragadda works at the Community Boys and Girls Club in Wilmington. She says many of their volunteers are having to cut their days shorter and volunteer less often. Another change, their primary volunteer base has always been adults. Now teens are taking over. "The main reason that we can think of is due to the poor economy. Adults are taking the summer jobs that are traditionally given to teens and so the teens still need to get work experience and have something to do in the summer and there are so many teens that are coming in," said Katragadda. The American Red Cross is facing some of the same issues. Almost 98 percent of its workforce is volunteers. Red Cross volunteer Dru Hoge said, "As the economy tightens and people find themselves under more economic stress, then the second job has to come into play or the retiree goes and finds a part-time job." With many people facing shrinking budgets, donations to the Red Cross are also difficult to spare. Hoge said, "No, we couldn't respond without volunteers. But what would the volunteers do once they got there with no funds to provide to these families? And that's what we run on." The Red Cross says it is a constant struggle to be able to help those in need when the time comes, and the lack of volunteers just makes it harder. If you want to help either of the non-profits just mentioned, call the Red Cross at 762-5540. You can reach the Community Boys and Girls Club by calling 762-1562.

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