Bethesda Cares will be hosting our first spring reception on Thursday, May 9th to bring the community together and celebrate our progress in the fight to end homelessness. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information, including the reveal of our special guest speaker. If you would like to purchase a ticket now, you can do so here. We look forward to seeing you there!

How You Can Help


Donate Time

Your gift of time will make a difference to people in our community. Opportunities include but are not limited to setting up, serving lunch, assisting in the office and running drives for much needed items such as bottled water, socks and toiletries.

Bethesda Cares does not accept volunteers who have been convicted of violent crimes, crimes of a sexual nature, or identity theft crimes. Bethesda Cares reserves the right to decline any volunteer or to limit which days or hours a volunteer can work and the right to dismiss a volunteer at any time during their scheduled time.

For Sunday meal service volunteer openings, please sign up directly using the Our Lady of Lourdes’ online calendar here

For Saturday meal service volunteer openings, please e-mail

For all other volunteer opportunities, please fill out our volunteer intake form here

Donate Goods

To find out our current item donation needs, please e-mail

Toiletries such as travel size toothpaste, face wipes, razors, and deodorant to name a few are welcome here. Non-perishable food as well as fresh fruit and vegetables are always welcome at our lunch program, but please do not bring partially-consumed items and kindly check expiration dates before donating.  

We accept new or used backpacks, blankets, belts, and seasonal clothing, particularly menswear; we do not need children’s clothing. Please note that we do not have the capacity to repair or clean any items.  

Shopping online? Use, designate Bethesda Cares and we’ll get a portion of the proceeds

You can also donate your used vehicle with just a phone call. Click here for more information.

Donate Money

Bethesda Cares has no overhead, as our office space and utilities are donated. Your money goes immediately to work to assist those in the community.

Contact us for Volunteer Opportunities (Volunteer AT




7728 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tel: 301.907.9244
Fax: 301.652.1781

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