Unions Ring the Bell to Help Neighbors in Need

Liz WertzAFL-CIO, Partners, Volunteer

UNION MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES VOLUNTEERED DEC. 4 TO RING THE SALVATION ARMY BELL.

Union Bell Ringing Day for the Salvation Army has been a long standing tradition. For more than 25 years, members of numerous unions become volunteer bell ringers. As a result, more money is raised for our local community’s children and families. The tradition takes place every year on the first Saturday in December.

As a part of the AFL-CIO and United Way partnership, United Way of the Ozarks helps coordinate our union community’s participation on this day. This year, 11 unions participated with an estimated 200 members donating their time to ring the bell.

Participating unions include:

  • Teamsters Local #245
  • IBEW Local #753
  • IBEW Local #453
  • CWA Local #6301
  • CWA Local #6312
  • APWU Local #888
  • SMART Local #303
  • Carpenters Local #978
  • USW Local #662
  • BLET. LC. Div. 237
  • IAFF #152
Funds Stay Local

Donations to the kettles stay local and directly impact the lives of our neighbors. These funds help support:

  • Social services assistance.
  • Homeless shelters.
  • Disaster relief.
  • Children’s programs.
  • Rehabilitation services.
  • Anti-human trafficking, and more.

By ringing the bell, unions make change happen in our local community.

Our union community is strong in solidarity and shows us what it means to LIVE UNITED.