"World Changers" group changing the worlds of others

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 7:43pm

Around Shreveport, 126 volunteers are making a difference in the lives of others, volunteering with the World Changers program.

This summer, more that 16,500 students from all over the country are helping out with 90 different projects in 60 cities, coast to coast. Unlike many volunteer opportunities, the volunteers had to pay about $300 to to help others on this excursion.

For many of the volunteers feel that cost is negligible considering what they receive in return after helping others. Around Shreveport volunteers will be painting, repairing siding, and even building wheelchair ramps.

18 year old Sarah Paden of Stilwell, Oklahoma has been volunteering with World Changers for 8 years, and each year she is reminded of why she volunteers; gaining even more from volunteering than the people she is helping are gaining from her volunteer work. Inspired to volunteer by her father, she sincerely believes that volunteering has changed her world.

In its 23rd summer of operation, World Changers assists cities across North America to alleviate substandard housing. “Our partnerships are the key to the past 23 years. Relationships with cities and churches have provided an avenue for students to make a difference in communities across North America,” says John Bailey, team leader for World Changers. World Changers is a ministry of LifeWay Christian Resources.


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