It takes only a small amount of time to make a big difference in a child's life. Volunteers at Children’s National Hospital serve in a variety of ways to assist patients and family members during their hospital visit. Whether spending time playing at a patient’s bedside, delivering flowers, sorting donations or helping visitors navigate the hospital, our volunteers play a critical role in setting the standards of excellence in a healthcare setting.
The Volunteer Services Department also manages Dr. Bear’s Closet, which includes donated toys, games, clothing and personal care items for patients and their families. Donating to Dr. Bear’s Closet is a great way to give back and make a lasting impact on a child’s visit to the hospital. Visit the Dr. Bear’s Closet page to view our current wish list and guidelines for making a donation to Children’s National today!
Please review our volunteer requirements and opportunities below, and contact us with any questions.
Children's National Volunteer Program
Learn more about our main volunteer program’s opportunities and requirements.
Summer Volunteer Programs
Learn more about our summer volunteer opportunities and requirements.
Specialty Volunteer Programs
Learn more about our specialized volunteer opportunities that may be affiliated with your profession or require certification.
Community and Group Opportunities
View remote and virtual volunteer opportunities for community members of all ages.
Dr. Bear's Closet
We accept brand new toys, games, clothing, and more for our patients and families. View our current wish list and donation guidelines.
Read our frequently asked questions.