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Pueblo Young Marines needs more adult volunteers

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An organization in Pueblo is now asking for your help. 

It's the Pueblo Young Marines and it needs more adult volunteers. 

Leaders say there are only about seven volunteers to monitor 20 Young Marines. 

As News 5 found out it's not always enough when it comes to the activities the group wants to do. 

Unit Commander William Lucas said, "You'll be helping your kids, you'll be helping your community, and you'll be helping yourself as well."

If you step into the world of Pueblo Young Marines you'll find kids ages eight to about 18 learning and growing. 

"It's a program that develops and strengthens the lives of America's youth by teaching them subjects like discipline, academic achievement, veterans appreciation, community service, and how to live a healthy and drug-free lifestyle," said Lucas. "We have drill which teaches kids how to do drill just like the Marine Corps does." 

Members of the Young Marines also go to various events throughout the year. 

Young Marine Staff Sergeant Matthew Vallejos said, "I really like the Toys for Tots we do most years. We go and we help get toys for little children who don't have the ability to get toys for Christmas." 

However, it's not always possible for the Young Marines to attend events like this.

Young Marine Staff Sergeant Piper Weingardt said, "A lot of stuff has been having to be put to the side because we do not have enough adult volunteers. We have a lot of leadership schools that have been canceled and those are required for some kids in order to rank up." 

At least one volunteer is needed at an event to monitor youth. 

"They're really important because without them we wouldn't be doing half the stuff that we do," said Young Marine Staff Sergeant Hunter McDonough. 

However, there are times when no volunteers are available. 

Lucas said, "The kids they get disappointed. They really want to do this. They really want to show their support for the community or for the veterans and so they get disappointed, and they get a little heartbroken." 

As he says, the group needs adults who care. 

"If you can only put in an hour here and there that would be fine. Sometimes that's all we need is someone to be there for one event once a month.

Vallejos said, "You get to see each of these young kids grow up a little bit more and you get to see them grow in different leadership aspects." 

To be an adult volunteer you don't have to be a member of the military. The only requirement is a background check. 

If you'd like to become a volunteer with Pueblo Young Marines click here
 

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