Become a Volunteer

How you can help during the COVID-19 crisis

In order to protect the people we support, we’ve temporarily suspended day programs and have stopped allowing visitors to the homes until further notice. And although this changes the way our volunteers can help, there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved.

Volunteer Opportunities

Here are some ways you can help during this critical time.

Check out our Action Center for ways to make your voice heard by advocating for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Donate supplies
Gather arts and crafts supplies and activity books for the people we support so they can stay busy and make the most of their time at home. To obtain a list of needed items and arrange shipment and/or delivery, contact us at or (920) 262-6515.

Join the Bethesda Auxiliary
This network of more than 3,400 people across the nation is dedicated to providing financial support and sharing the love of Jesus Christ with people with developmental disabilities—and they’d love to hear from you.

Brighten someone’s day with an e-card
Send some joy to a person we support or staff. Choose a design, customize your message, and submit online.

Pray together … from a distance
Make use of technology and reach out to one of our homes to give a devotion while respecting social distancing. You can do it live, or you can prerecord it so the people we support can watch it anytime. To learn more, contact us at or (920) 262-6515.

Provide comfort through quilts
Make or purchase a quilt to comfort people we support and staff who are experiencing illness or loss. To arrange shipment and/or delivery, contact us at or (920) 262-6515.

Make prayer cloths
Craft some prayer cloths for the people we support and staff. To arrange shipment and/or delivery, contact us at or (920) 262-6515.

Make twiddle muffs
People we support love twiddle muffs for keeping their hands busy. You’ll love them as a fun knitting or sewing project! To arrange shipment and/or delivery, contact us at (920) 262-6515.

Become a Volunteer

Signing up is easy. Submit your volunteer application today and start making a difference in the lives of others.

Looking for more information? Email for details about how you or your group can help people we support, and email Karen at for more information about the Bethesda Auxiliary.

Thank you for your service on behalf of Bethesda! Please fill out the form below after volunteering.

Meet our Volunteers

We’re fortunate to have a volunteer corps of more than 3,000 people who regularly dedicate their time, talent and resources to Bethesda. This is crucial because it helps offset costs and allows us to put donations to work for programs benefiting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Without your kindhearted efforts, we would not be able to carry out our mission. Here are a few stories of our volunteers that we hope will inspire you.

St. Paul Lutheran Church in Trenton, MI

JoAnn Oliver and 25 women from her women’s Bible study in St. Paul Lutheran Church in Trenton, MI, assembled and distributed Bethesda Birthday Boxes to people supported by Bethesda in Frankenmuth, MI. Birthday Boxes include everything needed to celebrate birthdays including: streamers, balloons, birthday cards and a small gift. When the women’s group delivered the boxes, they toured the homes and visited with people who live there. The volunteers had a wonderful time!

Redeemer Lutheran Church in Gresham, OR

Terry Wells of Gresham, OR, has been a faithful Bethesda volunteer for the past seven years. He partners with church leaders and volunteers from Redeemer Lutheran Church to lead a Monday Majesty Bible Study for people supported by Bethesda. Terry and his friends also organize a carnival each summer for those who live in the Gresham area. This year, the group collected Christmas gifts such as hats, scarves, mittens and more.

Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, IN

Deaconess Rachel Jaseph, Director of Shepherd’s Hand Community Center in Fort Wayne, IN, regularly volunteers her time to serve Bethesda staff and the people they support by conducting weekly devotions with Vicar Jonah Domenichelli of Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church. With the help of volunteers at Shepherd’s Hand, she provided a Thanksgiving meal for people we support and community members to celebrate the season. And at Christmas, Deaconess Rachel provided a Christmas party for local Bethesda staff to thank them for their efforts. Deaconess Rachel is truly a blessing!

Lutheran West High School (From Rocky River, OH – Visiting Fort Wayne, IN)

Dave Ressler, a teacher and coach at Lutheran West High School in Rocky River, OH, brought a group of students and parent chaperones to volunteer with people supported by Bethesda in Fort Wayne, IN. The volunteers were hosted by Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne. During their visit, they completed many projects: putting on a carnival, visiting homes, leading devotions, completing yard work and overhauling vegetable gardens at the Bethesda community program. This was Dave’s second year leading a mission trip of volunteers. They had such a wonderful experience, they can’t wait to return next year!

Phi Beta Chi Texas A&M Sorority

Over the holidays, the Phi Beta Chi Sorority Sister – Zeta Chapter visited Bethesda homes in Cypress, TX. They brought supplies for crafting and led devotions with people supported by Bethesda. The Zeta Chapter sisters have been faithful volunteers for the last several years and partner with Bethesda Ministry Consultant Katie Thomas, DCE to plan activities for their visits. Bethesda is the designated philanthropy for Phi Beta Chi. If you would like to volunteer with a local Ministry Consultant in your area, email

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