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Bethesda Help is run entirely by volunteers, including individuals, families, businesses, scouts, schools, church groups, and community and professional organizations. Volunteers may work directly within Bethesda Help or organize food drives and other donation activities.

Volunteer Positions Currently Available

Bethesda Help provides training for all volunteer positions and accommodates each volunteer’s schedule and availability. Volunteers usually work one day a month, but it is possible to work less frequently as substitutes. All volunteers work out of their homes.

Administrative Coordinator: The Bethesda Help Administrative Coordinator (AC) will represent the organization in the community and develop collaborative working relationships, while coordinating an all-volunteer organization with over 50 volunteers.

The AC chairs Steering Committee meetings, participates in the recruitment and selection process of volunteer candidates, provide guidance to volunteers, and reviews tracking and analysis of food deliveries and payments of emergency financial assistance to ensure an effective system of service. The AC oversees the preparation of grant applications and annual fundraising, and works with the Treasurer to monitor existing grants and contracts.

Key qualifications desired for this position include: knowledge of non-profit organizations; ability to coordinate a diverse group of volunteers; and management skills. This is a volunteer position that is carried out from the volunteer’s home or office.                           

Officers of the Day: Bethesda Help has a dedicated phone number (301-365-2022) that social workers and potential clients call to request assistance. The phone line is handled by a professional answering service. Calls are forwarded to the Bethesda Help Officer of the Day, who in turn, speaks with the individual about the particular need request.  When a case involves financial assistance, the Officer of the Day collects the information necessary for Bethesda Help to determine eligibility. 

Financial aid is always paid directly to the service provider after careful screening by the Officer of the Day and a volunteer financial consultant. Most aid requests are processed in 24 to 48 hours. The Officer of the Day also arranges for volunteer drivers to deliver food bags. 

Drivers: Drivers pick up food from our food pantry and deliver it to the clients at home. Food is usually delivered the next day after it is requested.

Continuing Volunteer Opportunity— Food Donations and Food Drives

The Bethesda Help food pantry is housed in the North Bethesda United Methodist Church on Old Georgetown Road. Here, our volunteer drivers pick up grocery bags of food (a three-day supply for each member of the household) and deliver the food to the client’s home. Bethesda Help aims to maintain a well-stocked food pantry and we rely on food donations from individuals and groups to keep our pantry shelves full. 

Foods drives can be organized by just about any group—a school, business, congregation, or other type of service organization. Food drives can be held any time of the year and can target a specific food: a peanut-butter-and-jelly drive at the beginning of the school year, for example, or a canned-soup drive during the winter months. 

If you would like to donate food to our pantry or organize a food drive, please refer to our food donation list.  For more information on organizing a food drive, or information on delivering food to the pantry, please contact 301-365-2022 or   

If you have an idea, skill, or interest that isn't listed here, let us know!   We are always looking for energetic volunteers and new ways to serve those in need in our community.

PO Box 34094, Bethesda, MD  20827   /   301-365-2022    /    /