Three hours is all it takes to make a difference in the lives of many people in the community.
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to ring bells and man a kettle for their primary fundraiser, the annual Kettle Campaign.
The kettles will be out starting Nov. 20 and will be at 12 different locations until Dec. 24.
“We have 1,200 three-hour shifts to fill,” said campaign co-ordinator Tatiyanna Kolesnichenko.
This year, Kohler has stepped up by providing volunteers for all 12 kettles for a three-hour evening shift.
“We picked a day and sent out an e-mail and within 30 minutes we had the kettles filled,” said Deborah Fox, human resources manager for Hytec, A Kohler Company.
Fox is proud of the response from her co-workers and is happy that some are involving their families in the experience.
“People want to volunteer but they need the barriers removed and this does that,” said Kolesnichenko about the corporate stewardship.
Employees from Real Canadian Superstore, Walmart and Community Futures are each covering a kettle for a day and the Salvation Army is encouraging other businesses to help out.
“It can be a team building activity for businesses and kettle hosts are welcome to wear their logos while they volunteer,” said David MacBain, of the Salvation Army.
MacBain says that they still need the individual volunteers they rely on every year.
The kettles bring in money that will sustain the Salvation Army for the upcoming year funding their programs including the Food Bank, Moms and Tots and Coffee Talk, and they hope to add more programming to help individuals beyond the need of food.
Fox gets emotional as she shares a story from her time as a kettle host last year.
“I watched this couple go from garbage can to garbage can, looking for bottles, and then when they came up to me with my kettle they dug in their pockets and came up with about 40 cents. They had so little and they gave what they could,” said Fox.
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact 250-307-7770 or firstname.lastname@example.org.