Anyone can volunteer.
Whatever your experience or training, your community needs you. In Virginia there are 27 Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units and more than 10,700 volunteers. Because each community has different needs, the MRC units throughout Virginia vary in structure and activities.
Virginia MRC units participate in a variety of activities.
Health Screenings: VA MRC volunteers continue to provide free health screenings at senior living residences, homeless shelters and community events.
Medical Surge: VA MRC units augment hospital and emergency medical service operations by staffing basic and advanced life support tents at large community events such as the Rock-N-Roll Marathon in Virginia Beach, the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, Wallops Island Rocket Launches on the Eastern Shore and the Blue Angels Air Show in Lynchburg.
Vaccination Clinics: Yearly, volunteers support school and community based TDAP and seasonal flu vaccination clinics for at risk populations.
Rabies & Disaster Preparedness Clinic: MRC volunteers provided free rabies
vaccinations to animals and
emergency preparedness education to community members.
You can choose to support daily public health activities, volunteer during emergencies – or both. Although there are training requirements, there are not service hours requirements. We understand that your work and personal commitments will determine your availability. When there is an emergency, we hope you will be ready and able to respond.
Volunteering can give the great satisfaction of helping others. For many individuals, volunteering gives them a sense of purpose and meaning in their lives. It helps to broaden their social networks, and that can have many positive effects. Volunteering provides opportunities for social interactions with fellow volunteers while supporting an important activity in the community. Interacting with others with a common interest is also a great way to create new relationships.
Volunteering can also have a significant effect on your own health. Research presented by the Corporation for National and Community Service shows a strong relationship between volunteering and health: those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.