There are many ways to contribute to the life of Bethesda Friends Meeting, such as regular attendance at Meeting for Worship, speaking in Meeting for Worship, greeting newcomers with warmth and enthusiasm, bringing flowers for the center of Meeting, helping with hospitality or in the child care room, teaching religious education classes, serving on a committee, and contributing financially.
We measure our financial health less in terms of the amount donated than in the participation of everyone in Meeting.
Bethesda Friends Meeting donates all proceeds, over and above what is required for the operation of the Meeting, to deserving causes.
About 40 percent of our annual budget supports Friends schools, Quaker organizations, summer camps, scholarships and many other causes and charities. The remainder sustains the work of our committees, the newsletter, childcare, and other vital activities of the Meeting.
Please consider a tax-deductible contribution
Please make all checks payable to “Bethesda Friends Meeting”
Questions about your donation? Please contact the Assistant Treasurer (see Directory) or email treasurer [at] bethesdafriends.org.
At Meeting are two collection boxes where you can give via a check or cash.
If you want to direct a donation to one of our Social Concerns, please choose from this list
Jubilee Jobs, Right Sharing of World Resources, the Mary Jane Simpson Scholarship Fund, Action in Montgomery, the Interfaith Housing Coalition, A Wider Circle, the Torture Abolition & Survivors Support Coalition, the Manna Food Center, Bethesda Cares, Shepherd’s Table, Women for Women International, Ramallah Friends School, and the Literacy Council of Montgomery County.
The Social Concerns Box for July and August is for the Right Sharing of World Resources
This Quaker program was established in 1967 with the notion that well-off people had much to learn from poorer people. We are called to the right sharing of world resources, from the burdens of materialism and poverty to work for equity through partnership with others throughout the world. It provides start-up money to projects that promote self-sufficiency such as the purchase of seeds, well-digging, or the purchase of animals. RSWR continues to provide Friends the means by which we can examine our life of plenty, to provide a practical outlet to assist and empower some of the poorest people in the planet (some of whom are Quakers), and to come to a deeper understanding of economic discipleship as part of our individual and corporate life as a faith community. The RSWR web site has many educational resources for youth as well as adults. The gratitude calendar is especially interesting. For details: www.rswr.org
The Social Concerns Box for September is for the Mary Jane Simpson Scholarship Fund
Each year this fund awards college scholarships to DC public school seniors with high potential, who are coping with difficult backgrounds and have very low incomes. This fund is managed jointly by Bethesda Friends Meeting, Friends Meeting of Washington, and Langley Hill Friends Meeting. BFM plays a vital role in funding, selecting the awardees, and making decisions about the program’s policies and practices. Since the scholarship fund first began, it has awarded 106 scholarships to graduates from 20 DC Public schools. The amount of each scholarship is now $6,000, and each year the program supports about 17 students through their four years of college. Please be generous.
The Social Concerns Box for October is for the Interfaith Housing Coalition
This group provides affordable housing and social services to homeless families in Montgomery County as they transition from homelessness to independence. BFM has been one of the member organizations for more than 25 years. For details: www.iworksmc.org/interfaith-housing-coalition/
The Social Concerns Box for November is for Action in Montgomery
Action in Montgomery (AIM) is the recipient for the Social Concerns Box for November. AIM, of which BFM is a member congregation, continues its advocacy for more affordable housing in the county and has an exciting new initiative to establish after‑school programs in low‑income neighborhood schools, among other actions.
The Social Concerns Box for December is for A Wider Circle
A Wider Circle is the recipient for the Social Concerns Box in December. It is a local non-profit organization that assists individuals and families moving out of shelters to more stable living situations. A Wider Circle also offers intensive courses on job skills, financial planning, stress management, nutrition, and parenting. Its mission is to end poverty. Anyone in need of help can find it there. In one year, A Wider Circle furnished the homes of more than 13,300 children and adults and delivered more than 400 educational programs. They also recycled more than three million pounds of furniture and home goods. More than 10,000 volunteers came to serve at A Wider Circle in 2013, including members of BFM three times that year.
The Social Concerns Box for January is for Smart Card Fund
The Social Concerns Box for January is the Smart Card Fund of Montgomery County’s One-Stop Career Center for ex-offenders. This center within the County Correctional Facility offers a comprehensive program for returning citizens to help them find gainful employment and reduce the chance of re-offending. It is linked to a reentry Employment Program at the One-Stop Centers within Montgomery County. A member of Bethesda Friends Meeting works for this program and will distribute the Smart cards as needed. The Smart cards give the ex-offenders an immediate way to access public transportation. Please be generous with your contributions.
The Social Concerns Box for February is for hunger relief in Montgomery County
The February Social Concerns Box is for hunger relief programs in Montgomery County (provided by Bethesda Help, Bethesda Cares, the Manna Food Center, and Shepherd’s Table). Hunger in our community comes in many forms and is probably more widespread than most of us realize. (One in four residents of Montgomery County faces food insecurity.) The February Social Concerns Box is for four hunger relief programs. BFM has the longest association with Bethesda Help (bethesdahelp.org). It provides emergency food boxes, financial assistance for rent and utilities, transportation to medical and other appointments, and referrals for neighbors in crisis. Manna Food Center (mannafood.org) provides nutritious food to 3,600 families and thousands of school children each month. Bethesda Cares (bethesdacares.org) and Shepherd's Table (shepherdstable.org) serve the homeless (in Bethesda and Silver Spring respectively). Please support the range of efforts to make our County hunger-free.
The Social Concerns Box for March is for Women to Women International
Donations to the Social Concerns Box in March will go to Women for Women International. The Peace & Social Justice Committee has agreed to support three women with notes of encouragement, a monthly stipend, and training as they move from being survivors of conflict to active citizens engaged in rebuilding their lives and communities. The program includes financial assistance, leadership training, technical skills, access to capital and small business development, and the opportunity to gain support from other sponsored sisters in her community. We are sponsoring three women from Rwanda, at a cost of $360 per woman per year. Please be generous with your contributions, and please visit the notewriting table at the entrance to Meeting during March.
The Social Concerns Box for April is for Ramallah Friends School
The Social Concerns Box for April is for scholarships to the Ramallah Friends School in the West Bank. Most of the money for two scholarships will be raised at Spring Fling, or please contribute to the social concerns box. It is an opportunity for us to help build peace in the Middle East.
The Social Concerns Box for May is for the Literacy Countil of Montgomery County
The Literacy Council has been serving Montgomery County for 52 years. They teach functional literacy skills to 1,500 adults through one-on-one tutoring and classroom instruction. Each year, over 700 trained volunteer tutors provide basic literacy and ESL instruction to approximately 900 adult learners, and 600 additional learners participate in intensive ESL classes. There are typically over 100 adults on the waiting list for services. Contributions help support LCMC’s free and low-cost programs, and enable program expansion so that more Montgomery County residents can improve their English literacy and, thus, their lives. For details: www.literacycouncilmcmd.org.
The Social Concerns Box for June is for a contingency fund for Jubilee Jobs.
Jubilee Jobs, since 1981, has placed nearly 25,000 people into marketplace employment. Work for sustenance, dignity, and hope describes the common goals Jubilee Jobs shares with those in need, including those who are homeless, in recovery, ex-offenders, public welfare recipients, and recent immigrants. It provides continuing support for up to two years. See www.jubileejobs.org to learn more and to volunteer.