American Red Cross
The Walter Reed Bethesda Red Cross Office currently has more than 500 volunteers contributing an average of more than 5,000 hours monthly supporting a variety of activities specifically for patients, family members and health care providers. Our volunteers range from civilian to active duty, from administrative to PhD who practice to the full extent of their credentials and support activities across the installation. Support activities by our volunteers include greeting every wounded, ill and injured service member who arrives via MEDEVAC, a Comfort Cart which goes to in-patient wards every single day of the year, an Animal Visitation team with 36 dogs and volunteering in more than 75 Clinics throughout the hospital. During the summer we add more than 50 youth volunteers serving throughout Walter Reed Bethesda.
In FY19, volunteers provided 70,825 hours of service at WRB, equating to more than $1.8 million in volunteer value added.
Volunteer at WRB
You can help! Serve your country through a gift of yourself – become a Red Cross Volunteer at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. We serve all inpatients, their families, staff, and visiting outpatients.
To begin the volunteer process, visit visit https://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer.html
, click "Find Opportunities and Apply" and then enter Zip Code 20889 and under the “I am Interested in” section, choose “Services for Military and Veteran Communities.” Please note that a background check and medical clearance are required. Due to these requirements, all volunteers must be a U.S. Citizen. At any time, you can also call the office at 301-295-1538 during office hours for assistance.
If you have a referral to volunteer from within the hospital, please let us know!
Parking at WRB is unavailable at this time, please be prepared to use public transportation.
American Red Cross in the National Capital Region
8550 Arlington Blvd. Fairfax, VA 22031
We are always accepting donations. Donations can be mailed to the office or arranged for drop-off at the hospital where volunteers can meet you to unload the vehicle. For a general list of items to donate, please click here
If you reside in other areas, and would like to volunteer, please contact your local Red Cross Chapter for assistance. The American Red Cross network spans over 600 chapters and 58 military installations worldwide. Please visit the American Red Cross
on the web for more information on chapter locations and services.
Health and Safety Courses
Sign up for a Health and Safety course by going to the American Red Cross training website
. Enter in your zip code to find classes near you.
At WRB, blood donations are made through the Armed Services Blood Program. To schedule an appointment, call (301) 295-2106. If you are interested in giving blood or hosting a blood drive outside of WRB, please visit the American Red Cross Blood Services website
Emergency Communication Services
Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, the Red Cross relays urgent messages containing accurate, factual, complete and verified descriptions of the emergency to service members stationed anywhere in the world, including on ships at sea and at embassies and remote locations. Red Cross-verified information assists the member and his/her commanding officers with making a decision regarding emergency leave. To contact Emergency Communications Services, call 1-877-272-7337 (toll free).
Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) is a non-profit charitable organization designed to provide financial, educational and other assistance to members of the Navy and Marine Corps. The 12 relief society volunteers help Navy and Marine families cope with financial pressures. Bethesda’s branch has given more than $375,000 to over 500 families for car repairs, emergency travel and food. NMCRS provides assistance and offers a variety of programs including: budget counseling; layettes for newborns; emergency car repair; financial assistance to active duty and retired Navy and Marine Corps service members and their families.
Emergency appointments allowed anytime during normal working hours. Call (301) 295-1207 to make an appointment. After working hours contact, the American Red Cross at (877) 272-7337.