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Ring bells with us!

It's that time of the year! We need help filling more than 3,400 bell ringing shifts throughout La Crosse County! Donations through the Red Kettle Campaign, or bell ringing, account for approximately one-third of The Salvation Army of La Crosse's annual budget! We need all the help we can get!

Sign up now by clicking here! Big groups, bands, and other entertainment are encouraged!

If you, your employer, organization, etc. would like to sign up for an entire day of bell ringing, please directly contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Alex Riley using the information to the right of this page.

*Currently, our biggest volunteer need is weekend help for the Meal Program and Thrift Store.*  

Year Round Opportunities

Meal Program

Work in the kitchen! Help prepare and serve food, as well as clean up afterward. This is a one-hour commitment.

Food Pantry

Register clients, help hand out food baskets, and/or pack groceries.

Thrift Store

Help recieve donations, sort and tag items, and hang clothes. Some volunteers may work in the front of the store organizing shelves.


Help pick up, load, and unload trucks of food from donors and local food drives. Duties may also include sorting and boxing food for storage.

Office Volunteers

Help answer phone calls, file documents, prepare mailings, stuff envelopes, and prepare brochures and fliers for events.

Disaster Services

Join our on call team that responds to fires, floods, and other disasters. The team serves meals and provides comfort to first responders and those affected by disaster. Initial training is required.

Seasonal Opportunities

Red Kettle Campaign *November through December*

Ring bells at the familiar Red Kettles!  This is our largest fundraiser annually and we depend on these funds to do all that we do throughout the year.

Christmas Registration *November*

Volunteers help families register for Coats for Kids, Angel Giving Tree, and Christmas Food Basket programs.

Angel Giving Tree *November* 

Volunteers help uis make tags for the tree at Valley View Mall, check in gifts as they are brought to us and coordinate the distribution of the gift packages.

Christmas Food Basket Distribution *December*

Help us give out food packages to families in time for their Christmas dinner.

Christmas Boutique *October through December*

Help out in the store that's all things Christmas! Stock shelves, work the register, or sort through incoming donations.

Contact Information

Alex Riley, Volunteer Coordinator

Please all (608) 782-6126 for inquiries on all volunteer opportunities or Sign Up Online.

Volunteers who work closely with clients and who drive company vehicles will need to pass a background check.