The Medical Reserve Corps
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of local groups of volunteers committed to improving the health, safety, and resilience of their communities. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members who are interested in strengthening the public health infrastructure and improving the preparedness and response capabilities of their local jurisdictions. MRC units identify, screen, train, and organize the volunteers, and utilize them to strengthen public health, reduce vulnerability and disaster risk, build resiliency and adaptive capacity, and improve community preparedness, response and recovery capabilities.
By volunteering with the MRC, medical and public health professionals and other community members are able to strengthen the resilience of their cities and towns. This is done through the sharing of resources and expertise, training for emergencies, holding outreach events, coordinating and participating in response events, and so much more. People are drawn to volunteer for many reasons, and the MRC provides a great way for individuals to serve their community while gaining experience, networking with others in their field or with similar interests, grow their skill-base, and possibly gain college or professional credit. The opportunities for volunteering, and the benefits gained from the experience of giving, are limitless! To find the unit nearest you, visit the MRC website to search by region, state, or zip code.
The Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (DCVMRC) is headquartered in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. It functions as a clearinghouse for information and best practices to help communities establish, implement, and maintain Medical Reserve Corps units nationwide. The DCVMRC provides technical assistance to unit leaders, hosts a website, and coordinates with local, state, regional, and national organizations and agencies to help communities achieve their local visions for public health and emergency preparedness.