Ways to Help Bethesda Cares Off-Site (for individuals, groups, kids, and teens)

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Bethesda Cares

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All options below can be dropped off Monday through Friday, 9am-12:30pm or 2-4pm at our Bethesda Cares Office: 7728 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda. (We can accept donations as early as 7:30am most weekdays with advance notice- please e-mail if doing so!)

Please e-mail volunteer@bethesdacares.org with any questions!

Interested in additional opportunities? Please fill out our volunteer intake form here: https://goo.gl/forms/dA22xNon7tVMAyJn1

MAKE WELCOME HOME CARDS

Help newly housed clients celebrate their moving day with a welcome home card! We greatly appreciate a $5-$10 gift card to Giant Foods or Target in each to assist them with purchasing needed household/ grocery items for their move-in. Or, consider including gift cards to McDonalds, Subway, or Starbucks for our street outreach team to buy a warm meal or drink for clients sleeping on the street. Please only include first names if you sign the welcome home cards. Below is a sample message:

Welcome Home! May your home know joy, Each room hold laughter, And every window be open to new opportunities. Congratulations!

MAKE FLEECE TIE BLANKETS

These are easy-to-make, no sewing required, and are in high demand to help homeless clients stay warm as the weather gets colder. Masculine colors preferred, as most will go to adult men. See this link for instructions: https://thrivinghomeblog.com/how-to-make-a-fleece-knot-blanket/

BAKE/ BRING IN BREAKFAST FOODS (to serve 12 people maximum or less).

These can include fruit salad, muffins, banana bread, juice, bagels with butter or cream cheese.

RUN A COLLECTION DRIVE

Below are our biggest needs. For adult coats, hat, gloves, and backpacks, some of our volunteers go to Goodwill or Salvation Army to buy them at a low cost to donate, which is a huge help.

-Adult men's winter hats and gloves (new or used) (gloves link, hats link)

-Adult men's long johns/ thermal underwear in sizes M-XL (new only) amzn.to/2D749gP

-3 to 5 blade disposable razors

-Backpacks (new or used)

-Adult winter coats and snowboots, mainly mens (new or used)

-Men's and women's underwear in sizes M-XL (new in package only)

-Travel-size Eucerin/Aveeno skin relief cream: https://amzn.to/2ROXhcD

-Travel size baby powder https://amzn.to/2T02v6g

-Adult rain ponchosamzn.to/2REuTt4

-heavy blankets and sleeping bags (not comforters)

-travel-size shaving cream https://amzn.to/2QHdzXz

-ground coffee (most days we serve Folgers, different types/flavors are always exciting for our clients)

-Gift cards to Amazon, Giant Foods, McDonalds, Subway, or Starbucks (the first 2 are used to help newly housed clients purchase needed household items; the final 3 are for caseworkers to buy a warm meal/drink when engaging homeless people who are sleeping during the street)

-new vacuum cleaners (for newly housed veterans)

-Cases of 8oz. bottled water (12oz. welcome too!)

- NEW, unused men's crew-length thick athletic or winter socks (white, black, or gray)

DONATE DIRECTLY TO HELP END HOMELESSNESS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

We appreciate your support! https://bethesdacares.networkforgood.com/projects/29138-actually-ending-homelessness

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WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

7728 Woodmont AveBethesda, MD 20814

(38.98742,-77.096466)
 

SKILLS

  • Event Design & Planning
  • Painting
  • Baking
  • Fundraising
  • Food Delivery / Distribution
  • Community Outreach

GOOD FOR

  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Flexible

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