Salvation Army to hire 300 bell ringers for holiday campaign

In preparation for the 2015 Red Kettle Campaign, the Salvation Army in Wisconsin & Upper Michigan will hire about 300 bell ringers.

The annual campaign is the organization’s single largest annual fundraising drive and makes up more than half of its annual budget. The campaign supports 85 year-round programs and services related that serve homeless residents, unemployed individuals and others looking for help with basic needs.Philanthropy-304427672-Shutterstock.jpg

Bell ringers must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license or state ID, have a social security card and be able to ring bells six days a week from Friday, Nov. 6, until Thursday, Dec. 24.

Individuals interested in a position can apply at one of four area locations Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Locations are:

* The Salvation Army Milwaukee Citadel, 4129 W. Villard Avenue in Milwaukee
*The Salvation Army Milwaukee West, 1645 N. 25th Street in Milwaukee
*The Salvation Army Oak Creek Centennial, 8853 S. Howell Avenue in Oak Creek
*The Salvation Army Coldspring Church, 2900 W. Coldspring Road in Milwaukee

“We expect several hundred people to apply for our seasonal employment opportunities,” Major Dan Jennings, divisional commander for The Salvation Army in Wisconsin & Upper Michigan, said in a press release. “Because of the cold weather we experience here in Wisconsin, bell ringer turnover is high.  We will continue to hire throughout the season.”

The seasonal hiring push gives many individuals work experience that can help them secure future employment, Jennings added.

Last year’s Red Kettle Campaign generated more than $4 million, despite a struggle throughout the holiday season to pull in funds.

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