The purpose of the MRC program is to strengthen the community by establishing a local team of trained medical, public health, and other community volunteers. After September 11th thousands of Americans responded by volunteering to help in any way they could. Many more asked, “what can I do to help?” The MRC brings volunteers together to supplement existing local emergency plans and resources in cities, towns, and counties throughout the United States.
Since major emergencies can overwhelm the capabilities of our first responders, especially during the first 12 to 72 hours, MRC volunteers will be trained and used to work in coordination with existing local emergency response programs.
Who Can Volunteer?
Practicing, retired, or otherwise employed medical professionals, such as physicians, dentists, nurses, emergency medical technicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, medical assistants, nursing assistants, and others. Community members without medical training are also needed to volunteer to assist with administrative and other essential support function.
What Do Volunteers Do?
- Train and work in coordination with existing local emergency response teams.
- Provide “surge” capacity during critical periods.
- Augment medical staff shortages at local medical and emergency facilities.
- Staff dispensing sites when mass vaccination or mass prophylaxis are needed.
- Augment medical staff in local shelters (ie during hurricanes).
- Assist with local public health initiatives (ie flu vaccination clinic).
- Health education outreach programs.
Become A Member! Online Application
Contact: Ellen Archer, Volunteer Coordinator
Learn More! Visit Virginia Medical Reserve Corps Website