Local Volunteers Making an Impact in the Community

Created: 04/07/2014 10:54 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- This week marks National Volunteer Week. It’s a time that recognizes the countless acts of generosity and service in our community. We introduce you to a just couple of them tonight who seek no recognition, saying they help out simply because they love it.

Ron Scheid and 12-year-old Dominic Lennis have become fast friends in recent years. Ron donates his time as mentor at the YMCA in Rochester, a program in need of more male role models.

"I get more out of being a mentor than Dominic gets out of me being his mentor,” said Ron Scheid, Rochester YMCA Mentor.

Volunteering at the Y may not feel like work, but Ron’s time means more than he may know. "My dad is never around to hang out with me, so I have someone else to hang out with,” said 12-year-old Dominic Lennis.

"It's really important, you can see how hungry these children are, both boys and girls for someone's love,” said Scheid.

The couple of hours a week spending time together has made a huge difference in Dominic’s life.

We didn't have to look far for others helping people in need in our community. Walt Lorber spends his retirement volunteering at the Red Cross.

"I am on call every day, 24 hours a day,” said Walt Lorber, Red Cross Volunteer.

Responding to local disasters like an apartment fire that displaced 6 families in Dodge Center last November, is Walt's primary job.

"Even though it's heartbreaking, it's very gratifying to give them some little piece of hope in those situations,” said Lorber.

But when Walt not helping disaster victims find housing and other necessities. He spends about 10 hours a week doing whatever our local Red Cross chapter needs, because for people like Walt Lorber and Ron Scheid, they don't need a dedicated week like National Volunteer Week to give back.

“I just feel I’ve got to help and there are so many needs in town,” said Scheid.

"I want him to be my mentor for quite a while,” said Lennis.

This year marks the 40th year of National Volunteer Week.   To learn more about volunteer opportunities at these organizations click on the following links:  Rochester YMCA or Red Cross.