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The Salvation Army has changed lives and given hope to countless people throughout the nation. But it never does it alone.

Thank you for taking an interest in volunteering for The Salvation Army Plymouth Corps. Our volunteers have a tremendous impact on the communities that we serve and without your support and commitment as a volunteer, we would not be able to begin nor complete the many issues and concerns our community faces in today's world.

If you are interested in any of the volunteering opportunities noted, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Sandy Kollinger at 734-453-5464 ext 24, or email her at sandra_kollinger@usc.salvationarmy.org, and she will be glad to assist you with your inquiries or answer any questions you may have.

 Register for Volunteering Online

All of our regular volunteers are required to complete the volunteer application and pass a background check prior to working within our Corps building. The application is available for download for your convenience and if you have questions, please contact Sandy Kollinger.

Volunteer Opportunities at the Plymouth, MI Corps:
Front Office Assistance
Volunteering in the Food Pantry
Volunteering with Food Drives
Visiting a nursing home
Cooking & serving meals for Youth Night
Youth Night helper
The Red Kettle Campaign
Thanksgiving & Christmas Assistance Interviews
Thanksgiving Baskets
Toy Shop

List the need for other volunteering opportunities, such as recurring opportunities or group opportunities. 

List the contact information for any volunteer coordinator position. Make it as easy as possible for a potential volunteer to get in touch with your local unit. 

Court Ordered Community Service

 Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:30pm.  If you are unable to work within these time parameters, we suggest you seek out other volunteer organizations.

 If you are inquiring about earning Community Service hours during the Red Kettle Campaign, you must contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Sandy Kollinger, prior to signing up for a kettle site. All community service documentation must be completed and you must complete a background check before credit will be earned for bell ringing.

 If you are interested in performing Court Ordered Community Service, you will need to complete paperwork including a background check release form.  This form will be filled out during your initial interview with our volunteer coordinator.

If you are under 18 years of age, your legal guardian must complete the Parental Consent Form and Release of Liability form; furthermore, we only accept volunteers age 16 and up on an as-needed basis.

During your interview we will need to make a copy of your Order of Probation (which states the infraction and that you were assigned community service) and a copy of photo ID

Submit the above listed documentation to our office, and at that time we are required to take a copy of your Court Ordered paperwork (which states the infraction and that you were assigned community service) and a copy of photo ID.

Once the completed paperwork is submitted to headquarters, the background check is completed and approved, you may begin earning community service hours. Your time is recorded by punching in and out on a timeclock. Once you have fulfilled your community service obligation at the Salvation Army, a letter will be generated per your request, documenting community service hours.

We schedule individuals for community service based on the need for help within the Plymouth Corps.  We can not guarantee that there will be an opportunity to complete mandatory community service, and if this is the case we suggest you seek out additional community service opportunities within the community.

 

Red Kettle Volunteering

The Plymouth Salvation Army's Red Kettles are a local campaign to benefit local people. We have 19 locations to choose from between Northville, Plymouth, Canton and Belleville. You may sign up in 2 hour shifts

How To sign up to Ring the Bell

1. Go to www.RingBell.org.
2. Select the date, time and general location of where you would like to ring. Click "Begin Search."
3. Select a specific location from the menu, along with the volunteer shift that you would like to take, and click "Reserve." A confirmation will be emailed to you, along with a reminder of your date and time that you selected.

Have Fun as a Group

Small Groups
Volunteering your small group to ring bells for a kettle location is an excellent way to earn community service hours while helpnig those less fortunate. Follow the easy steps above to reserve your spot.

Large Groups/Adopt-a-Kettle
A kettle location can be "adopted" by a group on a certain day during the Red Kettle Campaign. The "Sponsor" recruits other group members to cover the location during their adopted hours.

This is a great option for large clubs and groups that can cover a kettle for an entire day (10 am to 8 pm) and have their participants rotate, each taking a 2 hour shift.

Current Clubs and Groups who Ring Bells:
Kiwanis Clubs, Rotary Clubs, Lions Club, Optimist Club, Honor Society groups, Student Governments, Scout Groups, Business & Professional Women, Various Churches

 

Online Red Kettle

If you are not able to Volunteer at one of our sites you may also be able to support our community by hosting an Online Red Kettle. When you join this kettle team you will be able to watch the money raised for The Salvation Army Plymouth, MI Corps.

You can make a donation to the entire team or ta an indivual member of the team. Whichever way you choose, you're changing lives for the better.

 Go to www.onlineredkettle.org to get started today

Please use the local TSA corps  ZIP CODE (48170) when donating.

 

FAQ's

How does it work & where do I go?                       
Sign up at www.RingBell.org for a time, date, and location that are convenient for you. After your timeslot has been selected simply follow the instructions listed on your confirmation email. This will let you know the details of your specific bell ringing location.

  • Please do not ask shoppers to make a donation to the kettle, or comment on the amount that was donated. 
     
  •  Please do not take money from any shoppers, we ask that all donations be made directly into the kettle.
     
  • Please do not talk or text on a cell phone while ringing on a kettle.
  •  Please do not smoke while on the kettle.
     
  • Please make sure that you wish shoppers a "Merry Christmas" and be sure to thank people for their donation.

 

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. Two or three people are optimal.


What if I have to reschedule?
If you find you are unable to make your scheduled ringing time please call the contact at the number listed on your confirmation email.


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 at the number listed on your confirmation email.


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.


Can I give Christmas treats/gifts to shoppers?
We ask that while you are volunteering you do not give items such as candy canes, flyers or other items to shoppers. As part of our agreement with the stores, we are not allowed to give out items or promotional materials at the kettle.


Can I play music while I am bell ringing?
The majority of stores permit live Christmas music at the kettles, but ask that radios and CD/mp3 players not be allowed.

 

For more information please look through the guidelines below.