Volunteer Opportunities

Clothing Room:

The Clothing Room at Bethesda House is one of our largest programs serving over 5,000 families annually. Our generous community gives gently used clothing for adults – donations arrive daily! We need volunteers to sort the clothing and prepare the clothing room for our guests. You can come alone, with a friend or a group to sort clothing, stock the shelves and racks or help guests select clothing.

Community Meal:

Bethesda House serves a meal Monday – Friday from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm. We need volunteers to work with our cook to prepare and serve the meal. Prep work can be done in the morning or early afternoon just prior to serving the meal.

Client Choice Food Pantry:

At our main location, 834 State Street, our food panty is open the second and third Tuesdays of the month; 9:00 am – 11:30 am, and 1:00pm to 3:00pm or until capacity is met.
At our Satellite Food Pantry, located at Yates Village, we are open the first three Thursday's of each month from 9:00 am – 11:00 am, serving the 12308 zip code.

Hospitality Center:

Socialize with guests. Help guests make phone calls. Lead an arts and crafts group. Start a knitting group – share your gifts and talents!

Literacy Volunteer:

Volunteers are needed to help run our educational program. Volunteers work with participants preparing each for the GED program. We have found that many individuals who have not completed their high school education do not have the confidence or appropriate educational level to go into the GED program. Our literacy program is comprehensive using educational software and working with each participate beginning at the level they are comfortable with.

Bethesda House needs many more volunteers in our  home!

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Volunteer Opportunities For You Or Your Group

Things to do at Bethesda House:

  • Prep and serve a meal at our soup kitchen
  • Work with families in our Client Choice Food Pantry
  • Sort and rack clothing
  • Teach a class in our classroom
  • Help out during school break
  • Help plant and tend our gardens – flowers and vegetables
  • Pick up fresh produce and bread at the food bank and local stores
  • Share a skill, hobby or other interest
  • Organize a chess tournament

Things to do off-site to help Bethesda House:

  • Have a food drive
  • Collect hygiene products for our guests
  • Have a clothing drive
  • Make sandwiches or baked goods monthly
  • Collect linens for our housing programs (26 residents)
  • Have a bottle drive or other fundraiser
  • “Adopt” our residents at the holidays
  • “Adopt” our apartments

Other Opportunities:

  • Ask about joining our Board of Directors
  • Invite us to speak to your group, congregation, worksite or organization
  • Groups make sandwiches,  400 are needed, once a month after church and then one of the adults drops them off at Bethesda House on Monday.
  • Groups adopt kids, families, and single adults  for the holidays.
  • College students volunteer in the spring and fall to work in our gardens or prepare the yards for the season.
  • Special high school music groups perform at our main location on State Street during the holiday seasons.

Other groups have painted murals, made lap-robes or quilts for guests, planted our garden, collected books for the children at Bethesda House, entertained our guests with music or other special talents, such as one group had two members in cosmetology school that provided monthly haircuts at Bethesda House!. Some groups have gone to City Hall or the County Legislature to advocate or to educate by speaking on behalf of those in need during Homelessness or Hunger Awareness month.
In January 2010, Bethesda House moved into its new home. Our new facility has space for all of the ministry’s day programs and fifteen apartments. We have developed and expanded our services and have been able to meet the growing needs of the community.