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.
Please consider a tax-deductible contribution
Please make all checks payable to “Bethesda Friends Meeting”
We appreciate your monthly contribution, which helps Bethesda Friends have a consistent, steady source of income.
Questions about your donation? Please contact the Assistant Treasurer (see Directory) or use the "Contact Us" link on this website. Your questions will be held in confidence.
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 the list below.
The Social Concerns Box for January is for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN)
The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the first grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to fighting global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Their mission is to build and mobilize a powerful grassroots movement in this unique region that surrounds our nation’s capital and to call for state, national and international policies that will put us on a path to climate stability. Some BFM members join in CCAN's annual Polar Bear Plunge fundraiser, and a Quaker team often tops the donation chart.
The Social Concerns Box for February is for Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC)
The Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition "aims to end the practice of torture wherever it occurs and to support survivors as they empower themselves, their families, and communities." TASSC has an integrated and survivor-centered approach to its work. They offer aid in social services, legal services, health and wellness, as well as advocacy and outreach.
The Social Concerns Box for March is for Hunger Relief in Montgomery County
Donations to the Social Concerns Box in March will go to three important organizations: Bethesda Cares, Bethesda Help, and Manna Foods. The mission of Bethesda Cares is to prevent homelessness, via an eviction and utility shut-off program, as well as to ease and reduce homelessness with a drop-in center, street medicine, and successful housing placements. Bethesda Help is in its 50th year of an all-volunteer program offering emergency food and financial assistance to residents in southern Montgomery County. Manna Food works to end hunger in Montgomery County through food distribution, education, and advocacy, so that all residents have access to safe, sufficient, and nutritious food.
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 Palestinian West Bank. Much of our contribution will be raised at Spring Fling, but please also contribute via the social concerns box. It is an opportunity for us to help build peace in the Middle East via this Quaker school that has been in existence since 1869 (more than 150 years).
The Social Concerns Box for May is for the Asylum Seekers Assistance Project (ASAP)
The Asylum Seekers Assistance Project (ASAP) is the only nonprofit exclusively dedicated to serving the safety and economic security of an estimated 50,000 asylum seekers living in the Washington, D.C. region. (An asylum seeker is a person who applies for refugee status from the safety of the United States.) ASAP's holistic service model combines social, employment, and community engagement services for their clients, thus complementing the legal services provided by other groups.
The Social Concerns Box for June is for the Right Sharing of World Resources (RSWR)
This Quaker program Right Sharing of World Resources was established in 1967 with the notion that well-off people had much to learn from poorer people. With our donations, RSWR can award grants to groups of marginalized women in Kenya, Sierra Leone, and India to fund individual micro-enterprise projects. The start-up money provided by RSWR promotes self-sufficiency such as the purchase of seeds, well-digging, or the purchase of animals. RSWR provides Friends the means by which we can examine our life of plenty, offer a practical outlet to assist and empower some of the poorest people in the planet (some of whom are Quakers), and come to a deeper understanding of economic discipleship as part of our individual and corporate life as a faith community. The RSWR web site also has educational resources for youth and adults.
The Social Concerns Box for July and August is 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.
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. The 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. For details: http://quakersdc.org/MJSSF
The Social Concerns Box for October is for the Interfaith Works
For nearly 50 years, Interfaith Works has provided affordable housing and social services to families in Montgomery County as they transition from homelessness to independence. Key programs are their clothing center, emergency assistance, and vocational services. BFM has long been one of the member organizations, and BFM children participate in an annual mini-walkathon for the homeless. Interfaith Housing Coalition is a subsidiary of Interfaith Works that provides permanent housing and supportive services to families in 26 units across the county.
The Social Concerns Box for November 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 serve at A Wider Circle annually, including members of BFM several times a year.
The Social Concerns Box for December is for Action In Montgomery
Action in Montgomery (AIM) is a broad-based community power organization rooted in Montgomery County’s neighborhoods and congregations. Started in 1972, they are non-partisan, multi-faith, multi-racial, and dedicated to making our county and state a better place to live and thrive. AIM believes in the ability of people to take leadership and transform their communities. They are also committed to training and developing neighborhood leaders so that they can change the economic and social structures that affect their lives.