Help us ring

Oct 12, 2023 | by Glynis Eckert

The Salvation Army Kroc Center seeks volunteers to raise funds during the holiday season

During a time marked by inflation and economic instability, The Salvation Army is helping your neighbors navigate food insecurity, unexpected job loss, eviction, and other concerns. You can join the army of hope and become part of their Red Kettle Campaign to raise essential funds this holiday season.

Volunteer bell ringers are more than an icon of the Christmas season; they’re the difference between an empty kettle and a bountiful one. Funds raised during the Red Kettle Campaign help sustain The Salvation Army’s community outreach programs all year long. When you volunteer to stand at a kettle, you’re not just ringing a bell – you’re changing lives.

Joining the Red Kettle Campaign is easy. Visit and sign up either as an individual or as part of a group, then enter your zip code to view available volunteer shifts in your area.

Bell ringers are needed from the middle of November through Dec. 23. The kettles will be at multiple locations across San Diego. Each shift lasts two hours, and volunteers can sign up for as many different shifts as they wish.

Although the primary goal of the Red Kettle Campaign is to raise money, bell ringers also help increase awareness of The Salvation Army and their efforts to improve the lives of the less fortunate in Washington County. Volunteering is a great way to meet people in your community and spread holiday cheer.

Don’t worry if you’re not comfortable asking people for donations. In fact, volunteers are encouraged to just ring the bell, smile and offer a friendly “Hello!” or “Merry Christmas!”

Wherever there’s a need, you’ll find The Salvation Army. Every year, The Salvation Army serves approximately 25 million people across America. That means over 55 million meals for the hungry, more than 10 million nights of shelter for the homeless and countless Christmas gifts for children who might otherwise go without.

Every dollar that’s raised here stays in our community to help people in need. It doesn’t go anywhere else.

Visit our Christmas page to learn more about how to get involved this holiday season and all year round.

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