The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
The Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps will provide, when requested, a systematic, coordinated and effective voluntary response to events affecting their local communities.
The Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps is a cadre of volunteer health care professionals and community members trained to respond and assist with public health crises in the 13 counties and 3 cities in Cumberland Plateau, Lenowisco and Mount Rogers Health Districts.
The Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps recruits for practicing, retired or otherwise employed medical professionals, as well as community members with non-medical skills. Physicians, pharmacists, nurses, epidemiologists and paramedics are just a sampling of the medical community that have been tapped for service. Clergy, translators, sign language interpreters, administrative assistants, volunteer coordinators and all other members of our communities are also encouraged to consider becoming a part of the unit. As of July 2018, there are over 750 approved volunteers.