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Top Volunteer Opportunities in Bethesda in 2019

Bethesda Skyline Andrew Bossi Wikimedia Commons

Want to volunteer or intern at a great Bethesda nonprofit? Whether you’re new to the city and want to learn about its charities, trying to change up your routine with some local charity work, or just want to volunteer or intern at a neighborhood nonprofit, everyone knows that the best way to find the right place for you is from the people who’ve been there!

Here’s a list of volunteers’ and interns’ favorite Bethesda charities. Every nonprofit on this list has earned an overall score of 4 or greater out of 5 on If your favorite Bethesda nonprofit or volunteer gig is missing, find it on, write a positive review, and show your co-volunteers how to start adding reviews and get it on the list!

Yellow Ribbon Fund5-stars

Son pining medal on dad Yellow Ribbon Fund Inc

“I have been volunteering for Yellow Ribbon Fund for five years now. It is by far the most rewarding work I have ever done. After 20 years in the Navy it is an honor to help our wounded and their families, and this couldn’t be possible without great causes like Yellow Ribbon.” –Volunteer

Collegiate Directions5-stars

“CDI is an organization that fulfills its mission and goes beyond. This organization helps so many high school students, college students, and their families find opportunities that can change their lives. As a CDI scholar, I can truly say that this organization is incredibly helpful.” –Iris_Estela

Hydrocephalus Association5-stars

Mom and son at an awareness event Hydrocephalus Association“It is a pleasure to volunteer for and receive services from the Hydrocephalus Association. I have been involved in this organization for the past 10 years, and have full confidence in their mission and long-term plan to help hydrocephalus patients and their stakeholders. This is done through advocacy, research, support, education, and more. The breadth of services offered with such limited staff speaks volumes about their commendable fiscal decision-making and overall management of volunteers. I highly recommend involvement with them to anyone who has an interest in or connection with hydrocephalus.” –Volunteer

MyNDTALK with Dr. Pamala Brewer5-stars

“Since I’ve been listening to the programs that are on MyNDTALK, my whole perspective on life and how to live it has changed for the better. I can now make good decisions for myself. I now invite those people into my life who can help me with my dreams. Thanks Dr. Brewer!” –Volunteer

Hearing Loss Association of America5-stars

Volunteer at their organization booth with NBC mascot Hearing Loss Association of America“I used to live in a large metro area where my friends were active members of HLAA. Now I live in a smaller town without an active HLAA chapter. I’m working hard to educate others on what HLAA has to offer. Past HLAA conventions have given me the power and passion to continue what I no longer have, but working hard to achieve it.” –sspekman

Maya Traditions Foundation5-stars

“I am currently a volunteer with Maya Traditions. I have been here for two and a half months and enjoy the work that I am doing. I started in the tourism sector, but have had the opportunity to help in other fields such as communications, marketing, and sponsorship. It has been a wonderful learning experience thus far.” –kaltuc

National Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America4 stars

boy scouts National Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America

“The chance to work with youth and fellow volunteers with the BSA National Capital Area Council has been a wonderful experience. Some of the best times I’ve had in my life have been working with the youth (both boys and girls) and my fellow adult volunteers during the past nine years I’ve been a volunteer with this organization. It has been truly rewarding to see the development of the youth over the years and all that they’ve been able to accomplish. They are an inspiration and our future so volunteering with BSA has definitely been a worthwhile investment of my time, talent, and money.” –NCAC Volunteer

Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network5-stars

“When I was diagnosed with bladder cancer for the second time in 2005 I started in earnest to find information. This is when I found the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network website. This site is full of helpful information. I was also able to talk with a person who had been through what I had been through. She helped me through the decision-making process. Without BCAN this would not have happened. I am so grateful for BCAN. Today I do the same for them in their Survivor-to-Survivor program.” –Brenda N.2