Minot’s Salvation Army in need of volunteers

The Salvation Army’s in Minot is in serious need of volunteers at their various kettles around town in the nine days remaining of their campaign.

The lack of volunteers has put them well behind meeting their goals.

“We are having difficulty,” said Michelle Bussard, the social services director for the office. “We are needing volunteers next week to keep those bells ringing.”

She said that the office hasn’t had problems staffing the collection kettles in years past and that the understaffing is a strange occurance.

The bells will be ringing at the kettles from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today through Saturday and then again next week, but will cease when the campaign ends on Christmas Eve. But many bells aren’t being rung this year.

“We have 300 available volunteer spots and we have 100 staffed,” Bussard said, “so we need 200 more.”

“We are down 28 percent on the kettle income that the ringers generate, with nine days remaining to meet our goal,” she said.

The office has a goal of $260,000 to raise to staff their social services for the year, although that is from all fundraising and not just the kettles, and they have only made about one-fifth of their goal, at roughly $50,000.

Those who wish to volunteer their time for the cause should contact the office, at 315 Western Avenue, by calling 838-8925 and asking for Bussard.

The goal will get a boost, however, at a ceremony to be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Monday when United Pipeline Systems will present a check for $10,800.

The money was raised by the company through employee collection at various company events, and then matched dollar-for-dollar by the company. This is regular practice of United Pipelines Systems, according to Bussard.