The spirit of Caring for Bethlehem comes from a long history of people giving time and resources selflessly to build the community of Bethlehem, Connecticut as we know it today.
Taking a Bite Out of Hunger
The Bethlehem Food Bank provides food to Bethlehem residents in need.
Shelves are stocked through donations of money, nonperishable foods, and fresh seasonal produce from the Bethlehem Community Garden as well as through fundraising events and local food drives.
The volunteer team managing the food bank are committed to providing a range of healthy food options to our most vulnerable families in a manner that respects their privacy and dignity. Your contribution will make a difference in their lives.
Preserving Personal Dignity
The Bethlehem Comfort Closet provides personal-care items to Bethlehem residents in need.
Shelves are stocked through donations of items such as toothpaste, hygiene products, and household paper products as well as through fundraising events and local drives.
The volunteer team managing the comfort closet are committed to preserving personal dignity in a manner that respects privacy of those in need. Your contribution will make a difference in their lives.
Other Bethlehem Funds
Helping in Times of Need
Unexpected expenses can be overwhelming. Your donation to the Bethlehem Assistance Fund provides rapid monetary response for Bethlehem residents who face emergency situations. The car needs repair in order to get to work; the refrigerator stopped; the medical bills are mounting; the insurance payment is due; all these and many more immediate needs are addressed by this fund.
Keeping Neighbors Warm
Heating a home is essential for dignified living. Your donation provides for necessary fuel or emergency heating repairs to keep your neighbors warm when they find their wallets empty and the oil tank dry, the electricity shut off, or the furnace not working.
Nearly 60 families have been warmed by your generosity so far this winter.
Investing in the Future
Education is the path to the future. Your donation to the Bethlehem Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to Bethlehem’s graduating seniors in need. Applicants must be planning to continue their education, whether in college, nursing, technical or vocational programs.
The amount contributed to the fund each year determines how many scholarships will be available.
Creating a Legacy for the People of Bethlehem
The Bethlehem Community Fund provides assistance to local residents in need for emergency capital expenses. The roof, the furnace, the hot water heater must be replaced and it is already a struggle to pay the regular bills. Additionally this fund provides for major capital improvements for local organizations that serve Bethlehem. Your contribution to this endowment will help insure support for many years to come.
Other Bethlehem Organizations
Participating in Give Local
Preserving the History of Bethlehem
The Old Bethlem Historical Society preserves important and interesting historical documents and artifacts related to our town.
The Historical Society has a wonderful collection of farm implements, costumes, antique quilts, area photographs and paintings, and documents, all available to the public.
Whether you visit our museum to see the special exhibits, attend our yearly programs offered through the History Bites Lecture Series, or stop by the schoolhouse during the Christmas Town Festival, we welcome you.
Protecting the Open Space
The Bethlehem Land Trust permanently protects and preserves local farmland, fields, forests, and wetlands through acquisition or easement; conserves the natural, scenic, and historic resources of these properties and educates the public about them; and, where feasible, provides access for their enjoyment by the community at large.
in the Joy of Music
Our invitation is in our name: Chime In!
We engage people in the joy and sense of community that music fosters through participation and performance.
Our handbell concerts are interactive and include a time for our audience and supporters to chime in! Our home base is Bethlehem, but we share our handbell music at a diversity of locations and venues, near and far, throughout the year.
We are passionate about making and sharing music.
Experiencing the Joy
of Singing Fine Choral Music
Founded in 2017, We Sing! Children's Choir of Connecticut is dedicated to giving all children the opportunity to sing fine choral music while engaging in the joy and sense of community that music fosters through participation and performance
We Sing! is open to all children in grades 2 - 8 with rehearsals and performances centered in Bethlehem - Woodbury area.
We Sing! is a community music outreach program created by Chime In! Music With a Mission in cooperation with Regional School District 14.
Promoting Innovation & Creativity through Music
The Woodbury-Bethlehem Community Music Foundation provides funding for a variety of free concerts, for scholarships for music lessons for young musicians, for supporting music programs by local organizations, and for enhancing school music programs in the Woodbury and Bethlehem area.
Caring for Bethlehem, Inc. is an all-volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity organization incorporated in the State of Connecticut. Donations to Caring for Bethlehem, Inc. are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.
A small portion of donations to Caring for Bethlehem are used cover the minimal operating costs of the organization.
The Board of Directors regularly disperses money from the Caring for Bethlehem General Fund to where it is needed most. Primarily supporting the Bethlehem Food Bank, the Bethlehem Comfort Closet, the Bethlehem Assistance Fund, and the Bethlehem Fuel Bank, the Directors strive to maximize the impact of all donations.
Bethlehem Food Bank and Bethlehem Comfort Closet are registered trade names of Caring for Bethlehem, Inc. Donations to Bethlehem Food Bank and Bethlehem Comfort Closet are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. 100% of contributions to these programs are distributed to provide assistance for local individuals and families regardless of race, religion, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, citizenship, veteran or disability status, or of any other class protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
Caring for Bethlehem, Inc. PO Box 5, Bethlehem, CT 06751
The Bethlehem Assistance Fund, the Bethlehem Fuel Bank, and the Bethlehem Scholarship Fund are administered by the First Church of Bethlehem with the inclusive support of area professionals, pastors, town social services, and volunteers, filling the need for town-wide emergency assistance. 100% of contributions to these funds are distributed to provide assistance for local individuals and families regardless of race, religion, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, citizenship, veteran or disability status, or of any other class protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
The Bethlehem Community Fund is administered by the First Church of Bethlehem and managed by a community-based advisory board. 100% of contributions to this fund are added to the endowment. A portion of funds from the endowment are distributed annually to provide capital expense assistance to local individuals and families regardless of race, religion, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, citizenship, veteran or disability status, or of any other class protected by applicable federal, state, or local law, and to local non-profit organizations and institutions.