Greenwich Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

The Greenwich Department of Health is proud to sponsor the Medical Reserve Corps Unit. We are a public health focused unit whose primary roles are to assist in local public health initiatives, promote and enhance emergency preparedness among residents and businesses, and to respond to public health and other town emergencies. 

MRC volunteers assist in the establishment and operation of Points of Dispensing (PODs) for mass dispensing / vaccination, may assist in the operation of community shelters during emergencies, and work with public health officials to spread significant health and preparedness messages within the community. The MRC would support any emergency functions for Greenwich based upon need and the skills our members are able to provide.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Greenwich Medical Reserve Corps is to provide trained and prepared individuals, from both medical and non-medical backgrounds, who will respond to public health emergencies and other health related community needs, in an effort to save lives and reduce the threat of disease or injury.


The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a specialized component of 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 USA Freedom Corps, which promotes volunteerism and service throughout the nation. 

The Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (DCVMRC) is headquartered in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. It functions as a clearinghouse for information and best practices to help communities establish, implement, and maintain MRC units nationwide.


MRC units are community-based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize medical and non-medical 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: 

  • Dentists
  • Epidemiologists
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Physicians
  • Social workers
  • Veterinarians

Many community members with non-medical backgrounds-interpreters, chaplains, office workers, legal advisors, and others-can fill other key support positions.

More Information

We look forward to working with you to provide the above services to the Town of Greenwich.  If you have any questions, please call Joanna Lipson 203-622-3783 or email her.