What does a bell ringer do?
Do not ask people for money. Do not be agressive or impede traffic. Just ring the bell and say thank you if someone gives. You can greet people with hello, good afternoon or merry Christmas.
How does it work?
You sign up for a time, date, and location that are convenient for you. After your timeslot has been confirmed simply show up at the appointed location. A kettle and bell will be at your location or take over for the ringer stationed there before you. Wear the red apron provided. Just start ringing and smiling! Wish shoppers a "Merry Christmas" and be sure to thank people for their donation. Bell Ringing Schedule.
How long do I have to ring?
You may ring as long as you like. If you ring more than one hour, you might want to have a partner to share the shift with.
How many people can be at the kettle?
Most kettle sites have limited space. Groups of more than three people may intimidate potential donors to the kettle. One to two people is optimal. No more than 3 people may ring at a kettle site at one time.
What if I have to reschedule?
If you find you are unable to make your scheduled ringing time please call 336-626-4463 or 336-935-9335 or email Lail@AOL.com. Check the internet website www.AsheboroKiwanis.org to see who is scheduled when. You may be able to switch with someone you know. If you are unable to be at your scheduled time, it is your responsibility to find a suitable replacement.
What if the weather is bad?
Bell ringing is very rarely cancelled, but if there is inclement weather, and you are unsure, please call the contact number.
What do I wear?
Unless it is otherwise noted you will be standing outside so dress appropriately!!! If it's cold - bundle up! Wear lots of layers and especially good, comfortable shoes. Winter hats or ear muffs are essential and mittens are better than gloves. Some volunteers bring a small carpet square or rug to stand on to help their feet stay warmer and prevent sore back muscles.
What if my equipment is late?
Drivers delivering and picking up equipment may have multiple locations, encounter traffic and may be late. Please be patient. If the kettle and bell is not delivered within 10 or 15 minutes of your shift start time, please call the contact number on your confirmation email. The kettle stand is usually stored near the ring location.
What do I do with the kettle when I am finished?
Only Salvation Army staff may remove the kettle. If the next ringer has arrived, give the bell to that person so that he/she may start the next shift. If no one has come to replace you or collect the equipment, place the bell next to the kettle, and you may leave. Volunteers are not responsible for "standing guard" over the kettle once their shift is finished. If you have to leave the kettle station temporarily, you may take the kettle with you for a brief time.
Who do I contact in an emergency?
If you have an emergency while ringing please call the number attached to the kettle stand. If it is a life-threatening emergency please dial 911.
Does Bell Ringing count as community service?
Yes it does!! If you would like to schedule community service hours please indicate this in the Special Instructions or Comments field when you select your shift.