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The Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettle program in Harrisonburg and Rockingham Country relies exclusively upon volunteers. The total number of volunteer hours available over the course of the holiday season is in excess of 5,200 hours. Funds raised in the kettles are used to support local services such as the Christmas Distribution of toys and food, the year-round food pantry program, the homeless shelter, winter coat program and utility assistance program.

“The number of volunteers and their support is immense across Harrisonburg and Rockingham County,” says Captain Duane Burleigh, the Corps Officer of the Harrisonburg Corps. “People may volunteer as individuals or in groups, Our volunteers span all ages from teens to those in their eighties and nineties. We have had children be at the kettle with their children turning the volunteer opportunity into a family event that helps teach children about the value of volunteering. We have high school groups and teams who volunteer, as well as church and civic groups. There are companies who will take a kettle for the day with various employees staffing a kettle for an hour or two. Without this collective effort we could not do all that we do in this community throughout the year. Our volunteers are changing lives through the giving of their time.”

Those interested in volunteering for an hour, two hours or longer can call Dale at 540-434-4854. .    »»»  more

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