Guide to Giving by Bethesda Magazine


It could be as small as volunteering for one day to sort canned goods, or as big as paying someone’s college tuition—here are concrete ways to get involved, whether it’s with your time or money.

All of the organizations below have been recommended by either The Community Foundation in Montgomery County or the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. If an organization offers Student Service Learning  hours or internships, we noted that in its volunteer opportunities.


Give a Child a Chance

Asian American LEAD
Center for Adoption Support and Education
Community Bridges 
Crittenton Services of Greater Washington
The George B. Thomas Sr. Learning Academy’s Saturday School
Girls on the Run of Montgomery County, MD  
Horizons Greater Washington
Liberty’s Promise
Making a New United People (MANUP)
Voices for Children Montgomery

Help Build Communities

IMPACT Silver Spring


Help Someone Go to College

Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) 
Future Link
Generation Hope 
Passion for Learning
Universities at Shady Grove—Career Experience Opportunities (CEO) 

Support Those With Special Needs

Red Wiggler Community Farm
St. Joseph’s House
Sunflower Bakery 

Feed the Hungry

Crossroads Community Food Network
Food & Friends
Manna Food Center
Nourish Now
St. Camillus Food Pantries


Improve Someone’s Health

Aspire Counseling
Mary’s Center
Mercy Health Clinic
Mobile Medical Care (MobileMed) 
National Alliance on Mental Illness Montgomery County (NAMI MC) 
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington
Serving Together

Put a Roof Over Someone’s Head

Dwelling Place
Housing Unlimited
Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless
Montgomery Housing Partnership
Rainbow Place
Rebuilding Together Montgomery County
Stepping Stones Shelter

Help Seniors

Home Care Partners 
Silver Spring Village 


Offer Those in Need a Safety Net

A Wider Circle
Bethesda Cares
Capital Area Asset Builders
Community Ministries of Rockville
Family Services 
Interfaith Works 
Shepherd’s Table
The Tree House Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County 

Help Someone Find a Job

Latin American Youth Center/Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers 
Latino Economic Development Center
Literacy Council of Montgomery County, MD 
Per Scholas

Support the Arts and Humanities

Adventure Theatre MTC
Arts for the Aging 
Arts on the Block
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Bel Cantanti Opera
ClancyWorks Dance Company 
CREATE Arts Center 
Docs In Progress 
Flying V 
Forum Theatre