Ways to Give

We Need Your Help

As efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 slow our world down, Bello Machre needs your help more than ever. People with developmental disabilities continue to need loving care and support each and every day. Please consider clicking here and making a gift to Bello Machre’s Emergency COVID-19 Fund which will help us navigate these uncertain times. Our loving DSPs continue to dedicate their time and effort to care for the people we support. Your assistance will help us fund the supplies and staffing expenses that will be needed to keep our Bello Machre family safe and healthy over the next few weeks. Thank you for your commitment to our community’s safety, well-being, and resiliency.

When you give a gift to Bello Machre, you enhance the lives of the people we serve. Your contributions help us say yes to those desperately waiting for help. Your donations help us to:

  • Open new homes to welcome those who need our help
  • Improve our homes making each a model of accessibility
  • Plan for our aging population and ensure a lifetime of care
  • Explore new opportunities for specialized recreational programs
  • Help us bridge the gap in funding between State and Federal Funding and the actual cost of providing a lifetime of loving care!
The gap in funding represents the cost of happiness, dignity, and a place to call home.” – Shari Devlin, Former Bello Machre Board Chair
Erica Schleicher (far left) is a volunteer, family member, and amazing supporter of Bello Machre. In 2018, she wrote a letter to her workplace, Exelon, describing the impact Bello Machre had on her life, volunteer spirit, and family. Her testimony led to Exelon donating $10,000 to Bello Machre through the Exelon Energy for the Community award. Later that Spring, Erica and many other members of Constellation Energy (a subsidiary of Exelon) volunteered to beautify one of Bello Machre's community homes. Erica's giving spirit is an inspiration!

Become a part of our growing family of supporters. Help bridge the gap between government funding and the actual cost of a lifetime of loving care.

Here are some ways to support Bello Machre:
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  • Cash
  • In-kind Gifts
  • Matching Gifts
  • Workplace Giving Gifts
  • Remembrance Gifts
  • Payroll Deduction Gifts
  • Real Estate
  • Stocks or Bonds
  • Charitable Gift Annuities
  • Bequest or Endowment
  • Automobiles
  • Remember Us in Your Will

To learn more about Bello Machre and ways you can get involved with supporting our mission, listen to our radio interview with Kati Harrison from 91.5FM (WBJC- Maryland’s Classical Music Station).

Your gift will make a difference for the hundreds of children and adults we serve. Contact us today to see how you can make a difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities with your generous support.

End of Year Giving Opportunities 

November: Thanksgiving Dinner Basket Donations

We have 60 Bello Machre homes and many community families that we assist through Support Services who would greatly appreciate your help to make the holiday season a bit brighter. We would appreciate any number of baskets you would like to donate. There are 3-4 people living in each home along with at least two employees in the evening. We ask that all baskets be delivered to our main office by Friday, November 16th. Here are a few suggested items to include:

• Grocery Store Gift Card for Turkey or Ham
• Canned Cranberry Sauce
• Canned Corn
• Canned Green Beans
• Boxed Mashed Potatoes
• Canned Sweet Potatoes
• Boxed Macaroni and Cheese
• Boxed Cornbread or Dinner Roll Mix
• Gravy (Jar or Mix)

December: Celebrate the Holidays with Bello Machre

There are many opportunities to make the holiday season bright for the people we support! Here are a few ways you can get involved:

• Sponsor one of the people we support in our homes by providing gifts from their Wish List.
• Donate gift cards to Target, Walmart, etc.
Donate items from our Bello Machre Amazon Wishlist
• Decorate for Christmas
• Donate filled Christmas Dinner Baskets

Please contact Lindsey Norris at volunteer@bellomachre.org with any questions or to schedule a day to donate.


Ochs Family Foundation

We are honored to be included in the Ochs Family Foundation giving circle. Each year Ted, Bonnie, and their two children, Trey and Marco, discuss community charities and select organizations to support, with the boys selecting two each. With their 2016 gift of $10,500, and total gifts of $69,000 spanning 20 years, this generous family continues to make a significant impact at Bello Machre.

Bonnie and I were both raised to believe that those who have the ability to help others should do so, be it in the form of money, time, or effort. Through these giving opportunities, we hope our sons will adopt these same values.” – Ted Ochs

Sharing His Blessings

Charles Irish began his involvement with Bello Machre in 1995. With generosity spanning over two decades, Mr. Irish’s gifts total over $360,000. He has helped open countless doors for families and individuals in need. Mr. Irish shares, “I give because of the kind of work you do taking care of people who can’t always take care of themselves. Bello Machre is a terrific organization. I’ve been fortunate in my life, so I do what I can for those who haven’t been so fortunate. It warms my heart knowing I’m involved in some way with the great work of Bello Machre.”

Chuck Irish Dedication
(l to r) Dr. Ireland and Mr. Irish at the Charles & Norma Irish home dedication on August 9, 2017.