Our dedicated volunteers are essential to our ability to provide our clients with a wide array of services. We’d love to have you join us; there are lots of ways you can help:
To begin volunteering, please fill out our volunteer intake form here
Volunteers are needed Monday through Saturday to prepare and/or serve client meals. Help us on-site, or make some casseroles or a hearty soup and bring them along. We also welcome bagged lunches for our clients to take along with them, to enjoy later in the day.
Our Sunday meal is a dinner at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Bethesda. Click here to sign up online.
Weekday Office Work
Monday through Friday, our Drop-In Center’s check-in desk is staffed by volunteers, who answer telephones, sort client mail, chat with clients and keep our coffee-pot full. Morning shifts are from 8:45am-12:30pm, and afternoon shifts are from 1:50pm to 3:40pm.
Church mission projects? Eagle Scout project? School Community Service project? Whether you’d like to plan a special event for Bethesda Cares’ clients, hold a food, clothing or toiletry drive or host a fundraiser, we’re happy to work with you to make your inspiration a reality. Use your own gifts and creativity to help Bethesda Cares in ways that are meaningful to you. Please tell us more about your project idea using our volunteer intake form here
Organize a Drive
Bethesda Cares is always in need of item donations for currently homeless and recently housed clients. Please call 301-907-9244 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to find out our current donation needs.. You can organize a drive at your school, religious or civic organization to benefit Bethesda Cares. If you’d like, we’ll even come by to speak with your group to help kick off your drive. Our needs often include:
- individually packaged snack foods (e.g., jerky, peanut butter crackers, granola bars, chips)
- non-perishable foods (e.g., boxed macaroni and cheese, sardines, hearty soups)
- toiletries (e.g., deodorant, pocket tissue packs)
- seasonal clothing (not children’s)
- Household items (Clorox wipes/cleaning supplies, etc.)
Please note that we cannot accept partially consumed or expired food items, and regrettably don’t have the capacity to clean or repair donated clothing.
Be an Advocate
If we are really committed to ending homelessness, we must advocate for positive social changes on the local, state, and national levels. You can advocate for affordable housing, health care, better help for those with mental illnesses or disabilities, veterans, or a whole plethora of other issues. Get involved with agencies like the National Coalition for the Homeless and Action in Montgomery.
Children Can Help, Too
Want to get your children involved? We have age-appropriate ideas for elementary-aged children and up, such as coloring placemats and assembling bagged snack packs.
Email us (Volunteer AT Bethesdacares.org) with any additional questions.
We appreciate you! Click here for a PowerPoint showing exactly what you help us do.