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News from Our Partners: Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society


Thank you to all who supported NMCRS in 2023!

Your generosity made a huge impact in the lives of over 198,000 Sailors, Marines and their families who used our programs and services.

If you want to know about the NMCRS Visiting Nurse Program, ask a Marine!

Retired Marine Major Jim Capers, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, is a strong advocate for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society's Visiting Nurse Program. After losing his wife and son, Capers found it difficult to manage his health alone. A social worker referred him to the program, which he wasn't aware of despite knowing about several of the Society’s other programs and services.

The program provides health education, resource referrals, and support for active-duty families and retired service members like Capers. This is accomplished by registered nurses who offer help with various needs, including prenatal care, infant feeding, and managing chronic conditions in retirees. Nurses also conduct safety assessments and offer instruction on self-care tasks.

Capers has a special bond with his local NMCRS Nurse, Natatia DePaoli, who visits him monthly. They both value their one-on-one interaction and the support they offer each other.

NMCRS can “be there” for moments like this, because of donors like you. Your generous giving allows us to give back in ways and experiences that are truly priceless. To learn more about how the Society is providing relief, as well as read some stories about clients, volunteers and donors please visit https://www.nmcrs.org/about-us/legacy-newsletters-index

Receiving Assistance:

If you are facing a financial challenge, please do not hesitate to reach out to NMCRS. All of our programs and services are free and confidential. Our support does not affect your credit score. The most common requests for our no-interest loans and grant assistance are for basic living expenses, such as rent and food. Each year, NMCRS provides millions of dollars in assistance for these daily needs to both active duty and retired Sailors and Marines. To learn more, please visit https://www.nmcrs.org

Looking for a way to give back to our community and support the next generation of service members?

Volunteer at your local Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society!

For more than 120 years, skilled volunteers have helped service members seeking the Society’s assistance. The NMCRS staff is made up of a small cadre of paid employees and more than 4,000 volunteers. A sampling of volunteer opportunities in the Society include:

  • Welcoming clients and doing intakes

  • Providing financial assistance

  • Leading a team of casework, office, or thrift shop volunteers

  • Providing support in communications and the thrift shops

  • Maintaining Volunteer database and records

Our volunteers have unique backgrounds and experiences. They have different reasons for serving, yet they all desire to support the community of active duty and retired Navy and Marine Corps service members and their families.

Our offices are located on Navy and Marine Corps bases across the country and around the world. While most volunteer opportunities are office based, there are a limited number of virtual opportunities that allow you to volunteer from home so you don't need to be near a base. For most, you can volunteer as few as three hours a week.

If you are interested in being a volunteer, you can expect to: 

  • Receive specialized training

  • Get extensive support and resources

  • Connect with other volunteers and build friendships

  • Get assistance with child- and dependent-care and mileage expenses

  • Help others and make a difference

  • Build experience to add to your resume

  • Feel appreciated and have fun

"I absolutely love volunteering my time to assist our Sailors and Marines who sacrifice everything for our nation. They are the backbone of our nation, and I am glad to be there for them in trying and stressful times. If I can help to make their day better, I have done my job." Hope Palmer, Volunteer

You can learn more about volunteering at NMCRS https://www.nmcrs.org/get-involved/volunteer

Education Assistance:

The NMCRS Education Assistance Program provides grants and interest-free loans for eligible Navy and Marine Corps spouses, children, and MECEP/MECP students so they pursue their education goals with less financial stress. Applications for the 2024-25 academic year are being accepted through May 15, 2023. Grants range from $500-$3000 and interest-free loans are available up to $4000. Both loans and grants are awarded once per year and are determined by FAFSA Student Aid Index (SAI) and tuition costs. Funds are provided directly to the institution to help pay for tuition, books, room and board. Students may reapply each year. To learn more about eligibility and to apply, please visit Scholarship Application

Give with confidence! NMCRS has the highest attainable charity ratings.

NMCRS has a four-star rating with Charity Navigator. You can read more here

We also have a platinum rating from Candid (formerly Guidestar). You can learn more here

NMCRS programs and services are only possible thanks to the generous support of our donors. If you would like to set up an allotment, please contact NMCRS at giving@nmcrs.org to begin the process. If you would like to make a gift online to support your fellow shipmates and Marines, you can make a credit card or PayPal donation at https://support.nmcrs.org/a/rfd

Checks can be mailed to:
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Attn: Development Department
875 N. Randolph St, Suite 275
Arlington, VA 22203
Looking for other ways to donate? Please visit https://www.nmcrs.org/get-involved/donate

Thank you!



March 27, 2024