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iPhone with new Bell Rining TC app

New iPhone App for Twin Cities Bell Ringers

Added on Monday, November 5, 2012

iPhone users in the Twin Cities, behold. All things bell ringing can now be accessed in the palm of your hand: signing up for a shift, finding kettle locations, FAQs, a fun new instructional video and more.

It’s all part of a new iPhone app created for the Twin Cities Salvation Army by several U.S. Bank employees. The app covers everything you need to know from the second you sign up to bell ring to the moment your shift is over.

Even better, The Salvation Army will receive a $1 donation from the U.S. Bancorp Foundation every time the app is downloaded, up to $1,000.

One of the app’s most interesting features is its FAQ section. It answers all kinds of crazy questions: Are dogs allowed at kettles? What about music? What happens if the weather is bad? Who should you call for help?

It also answers the most important question of all: whether or not you are awesome. Find out if you are by downloading the app right now. Search “Bell Ringer TC” using the app store on your iPhone.

Don’t have an iPhone but still want to bell ring? Fantastic. Find out how to sign up to bell ring.

Thank you, U.S. Bank

The app was voluntarily created by three U.S. Bank employees: Online Marketing associate Victoria George, Risk Content Manager Julie Kuepers and Lead Mobile Developer, User Experience, Kerim Incedavi.

U.S. Bank employees holding a red kettle and bells

“Hopefully we have created a worthwhile app that will benefit those in need for years to come,” Incedavi said. “I was very happy to be provided the opportunity to volunteer my user experience skills to The Salvation Army on behalf of U.S. Bank.”

The original idea for the app came from Kuepers. While she was having lunch with longtime friend and Salvation Army Marketing Director Jeff Olsen, he explained to her the challenges of developing new ways to make bell ringing an even more fun and convenient way to help people in need. Kuepers suggested an innovative bell ringing app and brought the idea to Incedavi and George. The rest is history.

“Bell ringing just got a whole lot easier thanks to a few kindhearted U.S. Bank employees,” said Major Jeff Strickler, Twin Cities Salvation Army Commander. “This fun and functional new app enhances the bell ringing experience and will help us recruit new volunteers. In the end, that means more families in need will have food, warm clothes and a roof over their heads.”

Photo: These U.S. Bank employees all contributed to the creation of the new app (from left): Kerim Incedayi, Lead Mobile Developer, User Experience; Katrina Lasota, Vice President, Risk Management; Julie Kuepers, Risk Content Manager; Patrick Swanson, Public Relations Specialist, Corporate Public Relations; Nicole Garrison-Sprenger, Vice President, Corporate Public Relations. Not pictured: Victoria George, Online Marketing.