Medical Reserve Corps
- The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national program with community-based units.
- MRC units across the nation give citizens interested in health issues a chance to volunteer locally.
- The Moore County MRC was started by MooreHealth, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, and is administered by the Moore County Health Department.
- The Moore County MRC (MCMRC) is building a reserve of health professionals and other community members to strengthen our County's ability to respond to local public health emergencies. The MCMRC also supports Moore County Health Department's ongoing public health programs.
- A public health emergency in Moore County would require the help of many people. Large-scale incidents like hurricanes or a pandemic might overwhelm the Health Department staff quickly.
- To be most effective, volunteers need to be organized and trained before an emergency!
- Non-emergency public health programs like flu clinics, health fairs, and community outreach could also benefit from your ideas and skills.
Who Can Volunteer
- Volunteers can be actively working, retired, or students.
- Some examples of medical volunteers the MCMRC could use are physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse assistants, dentists, pharmacists, veterinarians, laboratory technicians, emergency medical technicians, and health educators.
- Some examples of non-medical volunteers include administrative specialists, amateur radio operators, interpreters, teachers, and people skilled in patient registration, recruitment, and marketing.
Get More Information
- Contact the MCMRC Coordinator, Matt Garner, by phone at 910-947-3300, ext. 4512
- Visit the National MRC Website
Volunteers Needed! You Can Make a Difference!
The MRC is a specialized component of Citizen Corps, a national network of volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown security. Communities benefit from having MRC volunteers ready to respond to emergencies. People volunteer for many reasons, but some volunteer for the MRC because:
- It's a way to offer their skills that might not have been used before because they were not adequately prepared to be part of the response effort.
- It's a significant benefit to communities because skilled volunteers offer services during the year to augment existing public health efforts or provide emergency backup that would not otherwise be available.
- It's a chance to belong to a group with a strong sense of mission and purpose.
- It's a chance to qualify for special incentives (e.g., free training).
Volunteers are at the very heart of the MRC. The existence of this nationwide, community-based movement is due to the willingness of volunteer medical and public health professionals to serve their communities in times of need. Without that generous offer of service, there would be no MRC.