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?”
In 2002, the Medical Reserve Corps program was established to organize community volunteer efforts to respond to public health emergencies. The MRC program is a partner program with Department of the Homeland Security’s Citizen Corps and is headquartered in the Office of the Surgeon General at the Department of Health and Human Services.
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: