In the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, thousands of Americans volunteered their skills and talents to assist the community. Many more asked, “What can I do to help?”
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was established in 2002 as a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network comprises 987 community-based units and almost 200,000 volunteers located throughout the United States and its territories.
Each MRC unit is a local program built on the concept that communities can improve their overall health and preparedness by organizing volunteer resources from within. The purpose of MRC units is to:
- Recruit health care professionals and volunteers in supporting roles.
- Create a framework to match volunteers’ skills to address community needs.
- Train volunteers to respond effectively to local emergencies.
- Provide reserve capacity to respond to local, state and national public health needs.