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Special Olympics underway in Fargo; but your help is desperately needed

The organization is still in urgent need of help to make the games exceed expectations

Volunteers are needed in many areas for this weekend's Special Olympics in Fargo
Volunteers are needed in many areas for this weekend's Special Olympics in Fargo
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FARGO – – Special Olympics North Dakota (SOND) is in full swing throughout Fargo and they're still in urgent need of volunteers.

Volunteers are needed in areas including timing, announcing, souvenir sales and handing out ribbons.

“We appreciate and value everyone who commits their time to our organization, however; our numbers are decreasing. Unfortunately, we are not the only organization struggling for volunteers.” says Nancy Hanson, President and CEO of SOND. “Volunteers increase Special Olympics North Dakota range of skills, experience and knowledge, and each individual has a positive impact on our athletes.

Charitable nonprofits around the country are reporting significant difficulties retaining staff and filling vacancies. According to National Council of Nonprofits , more than 1,000 organizations from all 50 states, address the impact of workforce shortages have on their business. Volunteers are crucial to the success of many nonprofit organizations and charities. Their active participation in fundraising, marketing, and program delivery saves organizations millions of dollars a year.

For the 23rd consecutive year, the city of Fargo is the host of Special Olympics North Dakota State Summer Games. Every summer, hundreds of Special Olympics athletes from across North Dakota go for the gold in the State Summer Games.

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