The Salvation Army Western PA Division in Need of Volunteers for 2021 Red Kettle Campaign: Hope Marches On

Oct 7, 2021 | by Stephanie Rex

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (October 7, 2021) – The Salvation Army Western PA Division needs volunteers across 28 counties who want to help during the charity’s iconic Red Kettle Campaign as Hope Marches On for local families and individuals in need.

The Salvation Army Western PA Division will station its red kettles at local retailers beginning in November, where people can donate in the spirit of the season. In addition, physical kettle locations will offer Google and Apple Pay, providing a contactless, safe, and easy way for people to give, letting the community know that Hope Marches On. Those who want to give online to this year’s Red Kettle Campaign can already do so at

“With the resurgence of the pandemic, The Salvation Army Western PA Division is digging in for another challenging season of need, and our volunteer bell ringers help us to continue to serve those most in need,” said Major Gregory Hartshorn, Divisional Commander. “As thousands of people continue to struggle with the impacts of pandemic poverty, we are calling on everyone to help individuals and families overcome the threat of eviction amid the holiday season. With your help as a volunteer this season, Hope Marches On for thousands of hardworking Western PA families.”

Social services organizations like The Salvation Army have worked tirelessly to provide help and hope since the pandemic started, but needs are increasing again this holiday season because of the threat of evictions and a resurging pandemic.  

The Salvation Army’s Annual Red Kettle Campaign supports families and individuals in need in YOUR community with:

  • Utility, Rental, and Food Assistance
  • Clothing and Other Basic Needs
  • Low to No Cost Youth and Senior Programming
  • Holiday Meals and Christmas Gifts for Children

During Fiscal Year 2020, the Western PA Division:

  • Served 590,318 men, women, and children
  • Provided 710,186 meals 
  • Provided 381,840 grocery orders
  • Assisted in 732 Housing/rent assistance cases
  • Assisted in 2,375 Utility assistance cases
  • Provided 46,290 nights of shelter and stable housing
  • Provided 10,097 Educational Programs 

Volunteer bell ringers will be required to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines in place and will receive specific training and instruction on how to safely perform their duties and engage with the public in a COVID-19 environment. 

Those interested in volunteering for this year’s Red Kettle Campaign should visit, click “Locations,” at the top right of the screen, find their nearest Salvation Army Worship and Service Center, and call the local number provided.

Celebrating over 150 years of global service as both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army began in London, England in 1865. Today, it provides critical services in 132 countries worldwide. The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division serves thousands of needy families through a wide variety of support services. To learn more about The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania, log on to  The Salvation Army … doing the most good for the most people in the most need.


Stephanie Rex, Director of Marketing and Public Relations

The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division

Email  |  Office: (412) 446-1642  |  Cell: (412) 463-2942

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