Volunteers

Volunteers are essential to Bethlehem Center’s everyday operations. Through the many volunteers that give of their time and talent each month, we are making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate in our community. If you have any questions about our volunteer opportunities or ways to become involved at the Bethlehem Center, please feel free to call us at (559) 734-1572.

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

Get started by downloading our volunteer application. Our volunteer coordinator will use the information provided to schedule you with regular volunteering opportunities that meet your schedule, availability and interests.

Regular Volunteer Opportunities

You must be scheduled before you can come to participate in any of our volunteer activities. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, you can complete the individual Volunteer Application, located above.

We have ongoing volunteer opportunities in the kitchen, thrift store, warehouse, sorting, and intake office. You must be at least 18 years old to apply to be a regular volunteer.

Group Volunteer Application

Families, service groups and church organizations can volunteer too! All volunteers ages 18 and older must complete the volunteer application form.             

One of our cooks will always be on hand to guide your group through meal service. There is security at all times and our cooks are certified Safe Environment trained.

Don’t forget that we need extra volunteers for the special events we have planned throughout the year, especially at the holidays.

Donate Goods & Materials

Since the Bethlehem Center is a nonprofit organization, we operate heavily on donations from our supporters and the community at large. All in-kind donations are tax deductible, and donations are supplied with a donations receipt at the time of donation.

Bethlehem Center operates two separate and unique thrift stores. Our original thrift store is located at 1638 N. Dinuba Blvd, and provides shopping opportunities for the neighborhood and accepts clothing vouchers.

Our newest store Urban Revival, will open in October 2016 and will sell upscale furniture, clothing and household items. It is located at 219 N. Court St. in downtown Visalia next to Pita Kabob Restaurant.

Have clothes, food, electronics or furniture to donate? All donations can be dropped off at the Bethlehem Center, and will then be merchandised and distributed to one of the two store locations.

Donations can be dropped off Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 1638 N. Dinuba Blvd. Visalia, CA 93291 or call us for a pick up at (559) 734-1572

We Do Not Accept The Following:

  • Used mattresses
  • Couches/love seats
  • Baby cribs, strollers, walkers, bouncing chairs
  • Broken or well used furniture
  • Non-working electronic items

Donate a Vehicle

If you have an operable car or truck that you would like to donate to a family in need, please contact us at (559) 734-1572.

Host a Donation Drive

You can support the Bethlehem Center by hosting a donation drive to collect needed items at your office, church, community center, or anywhere you choose. Once you have collected the items, simply contact the Bethlehem Center for a pickup. Need donation barrels? Call us.

For more information, contact the Bethlehem Center, (559) 734-1572.

Wills and Trusts

Have you considered how your will or trust might have an impact on homelessness for years to come?

Planned gifts include a wide range of giving options—gift of life insurance, gifts of cash, bequest through will, and even gifts from your retirement account.

Donate your Services

If you have any professional skills that you would like to contribute, please call the office, as we are always looking for skilled volunteers.

Service Organizations & Clubs

We are always looking for an opportunity to share our story and recruit helping hands and hearts. Does your service club or organization allow non-profit groups to make presentations at your regular meetings? Does it organize food drives and other benefit events for local non-profits? Perhaps your organization is looking for opportunities to volunteer as a group?

If so, we would love to discuss a partnership between your organization and the Bethlehem Center.

Please take a look at this recent letter from our Executive Director Benny Rodriguez.

PartnershipProgramLetter

Download a printable version here. 

To learn more about this unique opportunity for your organization to work alongside the Bethlehem Center, please contact Benny at (559) 734-1572 or brodriguez@gscparish.org.