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 MISSION OF THE MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS (MRC) IS TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY BY ORGANIZING AND UTILIZING PUBLIC HEALTH, MEDICAL AND OTHER VOLUNTEERS.
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network comprises 993 community-based units and 207,783 volunteers located throughout the United States and its territories.
MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds. MRC units engage these volunteers to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabilities and build community resiliency. Collin MRC prepares for and responds to natural disasters, such as wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, and floods, as well as other emergencies affecting public health, such as disease outbreaks. We frequently contribute to community health activities that promote healthy habits.