Bethesda Cares has published a special report titled “Homelessness in Downtown Silver Spring”, a result of work through our outreach expansion in Silver Spring and partnerships with multiple agencies from May 2017 – April 2018. To view the report, click here

No matter where you live, you can donate your used vehicle to help us "drive someone home." All it takes is one phone call!

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Donate Goods

Thank you for your interest in donating goods to Bethesda Cares!

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Please drop off donations at our Bethesda Cares office any Monday through Friday between 9am-12:30pm or 2pm-4pm, at 7728 Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda.


Donate Food

We gratefully accept food donations of both perishable and nonperishable items.  We can use baked goods and packaged snack foods at our Drop-In Center; we’ll incorporate non-perishable foods into meals at our meal daily programs.  We always appreciate fresh fruit to ensure that clients receive well-balanced, nutritious meals.  Because many homeless clients don’t have ready access to fresh water, we welcome bottled water, year-round.  And finally, for our recently housed clients we welcome easy-to-make foods like: boxed pasta, canned soups, boxed macaroni & cheese, minute rice, canned tuna and canned Vienna sausages, packaged snacks like granola bars, instant oatmeal packets, etc.Please do not bring any partially-consumed items, and kindly check the expiration dates on anything you donate.

Donate Your Used Vehicle

Click here to find out how you can help “drive someone home.”  No matter where you live, all it takes is one phone call to have your car picked up and sold! The proceeds go to Bethesda Cares, and you receive the full tax deduction.

Donate Gift Cards

Our many newly-housed clients need everything from floor fans to toilet paper. We welcome gift cards of any amount from Amazon, Target or Walmart and will use them to either buy items for our clients or to take them shopping and let them make their own choices. Shopping online? Don’t forget to use, and send a portion of the proceeds to Bethesda Cares!

Donate Unused Socks (new in package)

Living on the streets is punishing to the feet.  Our clients often walk for miles every day, and clean, dry socks can help prevent infections, frostbite or other ailments, as well as providing a small measure of comfort.  Our Outreach Team gives out more than 2,500 pairs of socks each year! Please also consider donating NEW men’s and women’s underwear, undershirts, and thermal underwear in sizes M-XL.

Donate Toiletries

Our clients want to maintain good hygiene as best they can.  You know those little toiletry items in your hotel room?  Grab ‘em, and bring them by!  We will use them for our shower program, or simply hand them to clients in need.  Deodorant, pocket-size tissue packs, razors, pre-moistened face wipes, wash cloths, and single load laundry detergent are especially hard for us to come by (these can be purchased here).  Please do not bring any partially-consumed items. All mouth wash, hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes should be alcohol free. Please check the labels


Donate Clothing

Through our Clothing Closet, we offer our clients gently used clothing.  Due to storage constraints, we appreciate seasonally-appropriate items, particularly for men and particularly in large sizes.  Please note, we do not need donations of children’s clothing and we do not have the capacity to repair or clean any donated items. Thanks so much!




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

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