CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign is off to a slow start.

"It's been so hard to get the community involved," says Captain Wanda Rivera of the Salvation Army Corning location.

Through the 125-year-old campaign, the organization works to support local families--and not just during the holidays. All kettle donations make year-round services like hunger relief, housing programs, youth and veteran services possible.

"The need is growing," says Rivera. "It's not only here, but in all of Steuben County."

In total, the Corning location is hoping to reach a goal of $63,000 through the Red Kettle campaign. To date, the location has raised about $15,000. 

Now, with just three weeks to go, many locations are asking the community for help.

In Corning, that plea stretches beyond just the holiday season. 

"Nobody is going to say 'I need food during the kettle season or the Christmas season. It's all year," says Rivera. "We're going to have people coming to our doors all year round."

If you don't come across one of Steuben County's nine red kettles, you can also donate online. The Salvation Army says there are other ways to help, including dozens of volunteer opportunities.

You can find more information here