MBR Local Community Projects
Community projects are at the core of MBR’s commitment to service. This is a small selection of the organizations we support and the projects we’ve done over the past several years. We invite you to join us to be a part of this commitment. Or, we encourage you to donate to the MBR Foundation so we can continue to fund these projects during socially-distanced times.
Feed the Need
During COVID-19, we’ve designed a program so that Club members support restaurants and deserving organizations at the same time. Club members purchase meals from local restaurants, then those restaurants contribute meals to deserving non-profits such as first responders, Greentree Family Shelter, and Casa Ruby, which supports the local transgender community.
During COVID-19 quarantines and business shutdowns, our Club has designed a matching gifts program that supports local restaurants while helping to feed local hospital staff and first responders. We also partner with a wide array of non-profits to help fulfill their in-kind needs. This year we collected diapers, school backpacks, feminine hygiene products, bras, and much more.
MBR supports Nourishing Bethesda, a coalition that includes St. John’s Norwood Episcopal Church, Nourish Now, the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce, the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, and the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad. This initiative seeks to distribute 4-5 meals per week to 200-300 families. Learn more in this Bethesda Beat article.
KIND Food Distribution
Every six weeks, Club members help Kids in Need Distributors (KIND) with their delivery of weekend food packs to schools with students who rely on school meal programs and need supplies over the weekend.
Refugee Home Setup
In partnership with Lutheran Social Services, our Club sets up homes for incoming refugee families. We gather, deliver and set up all of the needed household supplies and furniture, stock the refrigerator and pantry, cook several welcoming meals, and overall create a warm and welcoming home.
MBR donated Tower Gardens to Montgomery County schools and KID Museum. Tower gardens use aeroponics to grow plants faster and more nutritionally with only water and nutrients rather than dirt. The program is designed to help spark youth interest in healthy eating, gardening, STEM, and cultural diversity of food.
Metro Bethesda Rotarians help Bethesda Cares prepare and serve lunch to homeless community members every several months. During the pandemic, Bethesda Cares has asked that we conduct food/grocery card drives.
So What Else
MBR supports So What Else, which typically provides out-of-school programming for underserved youth. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Club members help with So What Else’s distribution of food and other essential items to community members in need who are unable to access services.