Volunteering at one of our community service programs or Thrift Shops is a rewarding experience that will make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

You will discover yourself by supporting others.

Volunteers are vital to the successful execution of Bethesda's mission to help enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ. As a volunteer at Bethesda, you will help encourage, mentor and empower people with disabilities by assisting them to fulfill their goals.

Join more than 10,000 volunteers who contribute more than 340,000 hours of their time at our community-based programs and Thrift Shops across the country.

Teenagers and adults of all ages are encouraged to get involved as volunteers at Bethesda Lutheran Communities.


Here are some ways you can volunteer your time and skills at our organization:

Volunteer for our Home Heroes program

Bethesda’s Home Heroes program is our national community service program that appoints volunteers to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and spina bifida.

Our network of volunteer Home Heroes assist our employees who work in group or host homes that benefit people with disabilities.

While opportunities vary by location, here are just a few of the ways you could volunteer to help make a person’s day a little brighter:

  • Perform fun activities (like playing games, reading, drawing or playing music) with people with disabilities
  • Provide rides and transportation
  • Assist with cleaning and home maintenance
  • Visit a home for fellowship and devotions
  • Conduct a Bible study
  • Support a local Bethesda Lutheran Communities office

Visit our Home Heroes program page to learn more. 

Volunteer at a Thrift Shop

Become a volunteer staff member at one of our Bethesda Thrift Shops located around the country. We’re always looking for passionate, dedicated volunteers to join our shop teams to fulfill various retail and warehouse roles.

If you’d like to volunteer at our Bethesda Thrift Shops, start by finding a location near you and use the contact form at the bottom of the specific shop's page to contact the store’s manager for current available opportunities.

Volunteer through our Prayer & Postage program

Bethesda offers a Prayer & Postage program where volunteer participants can opt-in to receive the name, address and birthday of one or more people with disabilities supported by Bethesda. You can then commit to remembering them in prayer or to mailing them a greeting card to offer your support or words of faith. To join this program, submit a volunteer application.

Volunteer with the Bethesda Auxiliary

The Bethesda Auxiliary is a network of volunteers that provide spiritual and financial support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Auxiliary fosters Bethesda’s mission of providing services that share the good news of Jesus Christ. The Auxiliary - over 3,400 members strong - helps create connections, both in the church and in the community, that help people with disabilities pursue their faith. For more information about the Auxiliary, click here.

Volunteer at events

Volunteers are always appreciated and needed at our events - like Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine or our Golf Tournament. Get in touch with us to find out how you can help with our next event! Submit a volunteer application today.

Become a Volunteer

Interested in volunteering at Bethesda? Submit your volunteer application today! 



Explore Careers

Is your heart calling you to do more at Bethesda? Start a career with Bethesda and make a difference every day in the lives of the people with disabilities.

Want to learn more?

Use this contact form to send us an email with any questions you have about volunteering at Bethesda.