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Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteer Bellringing
Who can sign up to be a volunteer bellringer?
Hundreds and hundreds of volunteers will be needed to ring the bells at dozens of red kettle locations in Greene, Christian, Taney & Stone counties! For a list of 2012 Red Kettle locations please click here.
Bellringing is a great volunteer opportunity not only for individuals, but also for families, organizations, groups & businesses! This is also a great volunteer opportunity for families with younger children.
Groups, organizations and businesses that sign-up volunteers to bellring for at least six consecutive hours will be provided with a volunteer sign that displays the name of their group/organization/business on their kettle stand. To help meet this time requirement, we encourage you to invite friends & family members to volunteer bellring alongside you, your staff members or employees!
How do I sign-up - either myself, a group, or my business?
A volunteer or group of volunteers select a day, time, and location & then call either (417) 862-5509 ext.144 to sign-up at red kettle locations in Greene & Christian counties or call our Branson Corps at (417) 339-4434 to sign-up at red kettle locations in Taney & Stone counties - it's that simple!
With dozens of red kettle locations throughout Greene, Christian, Taney & Stone counties there should hopefully be a location that's convenient for you or your group. After the details of your volunteer bellringing opportunity have been confirmed (day, time & location) simply show up at your assigned kettle location at your assigned time & begin volunteering!
When are volunteer bellringers needed & where?
Volunteer bellringers will be needed in Greene & Christian counties November 9th through December 24th; Monday through Thursday from 11 am until 7 pm & on Saturdays from 11 am until 8 pm.
Volunteer bellringers will be needed in Taney & Stone counties November 2nd through December 24th; Monday through Saturday from 11 am until 7 pm.
For a complete list of 2012 Red Kettle locations please click here.
How long is a volunteer bellringing shift?
You or your group are, of course, welcome to bellring for as long as you like and to sign-up for as many days that you would like. However, we ask all volunteer bellringers to sign-up for at least one two-hour shift. This allows The Salvation Army to more effectively manage & oversee the dozens of red kettle locations & hundreds of volunteers during the Tree of Lights season.
What is the minimum age required to volunteer bellring?
Everyone of any age is welcome to ring at the red kettles! However, we ask that children under the age of 14 have adult supervision at all times. Likewise, at least one adult must be present at all times for every three children under the age of 12 at a red kettle site. Please note that all kettle sites are outdoors & volunteers are not allowed to bellring inside at any of the locations.
How many people can bellring together at a red kettle site?
Almost all kettle sites have limited space and are stationed outside the main entrance to a business. Therefore, a maximum of two to three volunteer bellringers per kettle site at any given time is ideal.
Does volunteer bellringing fulfill community service hours?
Absolutely! Whether you need to complete volunteer community service hours for school, your civic organization, or your philanthropic organization, volunteer bellringing is a simple & easy way to do so!
For more information about signing-up to volunteer bellring at red kettle locations in Greene & Christian counties please call (417) 862-5509 ext. 144 and for more information about signing-up to volunteer bellring at locations in Taney & Stone counties please call our Branson Corps at (417) 339-4434.
What if I need to make changes to my volunteer bellringing schedule?
If you need to reschedule your volunteer bellringing opportunity or make changes to your schedule in Greene & Christian counties please call (417) 862-5509 ext.144 and for Taney & Stone counties please call (417) 339-4434.
If possible, we ask that you please notify us at least three days (72 hours) in advance.
For questions or more information about volunteer bellringing in Greene & Christian counties please call (417) 862-5509 ext. 144 or email Victoria_knight@usc.salvationarmy.org.
For questions or more information about volunteer bellringing in Taney & Stone counties please call (417) 339-4434 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.