Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to ring bells in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Salvation Army of Greater Rochester is looking for at least 400 volunteers to ring the bells of the red kettles this holiday season.

The 2022 Red Kettle Campaign has started, with close to 50 kettles at retailers across Monroe County. The Salvation Army says only 22% of kettle ringing volunteer jobs have been filled. They’re asking for more volunteers to work 2-3 hour shifts over the next four weeks.

Red Kettle donations will provide shelter, support services, and emergency items to Rochester area families in need.

“As the need for Salvation Army assistance continues to increase due to economic hardships, so has the need for bell ringing volunteers.” said Major Douglas Burr of The Salvation Army. “Just one shift makes a significant difference in each day’s donation total.”

Volunteers can ring individually or in small groups, play instruments, sing carols, or simply ring the provided red bell. Locations, dates, and open timeslots can be found at or by calling 585-754-9918.