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.
Medical Reserve Corps of Greater Kansas CityMedical Reserve Corps of Greater Kansas City
The mission of the Medical Reserve Corps of Kansas City (MRCKC) is to recruit, train, and utilize medical and non-medical volunteers to support local public health and emergency management agencies throughout the Greater Kansas City area during large... Read more
The mission of the Medical Reserve Corps of Kansas City (MRCKC) is to recruit, train, and utilize medical and non-medical volunteers to support local public health and emergency management agencies throughout the Greater Kansas City area during large-scale disasters, public health emergencies, and other times of community need.
Volunteers with all types of skills and/or credentials are needed to help prepare our community:
Data Entry/Medical Records Personnel
Individuals for traffic control and parking
Individuals for crowd control
Translators (multiple languages including sign language)
Clinical professionals and/or students who are willing to be trained & assist with immunizations
General volunteers to assist with directing patients, registration, filling forms, answering phones, etc.
MRCKC members are trained to understand local plans and protocols for treating patients or administering medicines, responding to disasters, and staffing shelters for special needs populations.
The MRC was founded after President Bush's 2002 State of the Union Address, in which he asked all Americans to volunteer in support of their country. It is a partner program with Citizen Corps , a national network of volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown security. Citizen Corps, along with AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Peace Corps are part of the President's USA Freedom Corps , which promotes volunteerism and service nationwide.
MRC units are community-based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year. MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources.
MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, and epidemiologists. Many community members--interpreters, chaplains, office workers, legal advisors, and others--can fill key support positions.
by Aric R. from Kansas City, MO
If you have an interest or desire to serve your community in a volunteer capacity and your interests and/or background lean towards or involve the medical fields then the MRC will be a great resource for you. It is a fulfilling and satisfying feeling to give back to others without being in a job or career role but instead it is coming from your love, compassion and empathy.