When a significant event impacts us, whether it is a hurricane, earthquake, pandemic or terrorist event, many people want to help out. While well intentioned, spontaneous volunteers are usually not pre-credentialed, pre-trained or connected to a larger system to sustain themselves. This poses a safety problem for the other responders to an emergency situation.
One goal of the MRC is to ensure that members are identified, screened, trained, and prepared prior to their participation in any activity.
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Anyone can volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Community members, with or without medical training, who are willing to support public health are encouraged to join. Most MRC units have medical volunteers and non-medical volunteers who provide:
Many positions in the MRC do not require medical skills.
You are a volunteer, so there are no availability requirements. Certainly, we understand you may have work and family commitments that prohibit you from volunteering at any given time. There may be other non-emergency public health activities that you can be involved in if you have other emergency response commitments.
Yes, after your initial Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) training you will be protected under Connecticut General Statutes Title 28.
You can apply to be a Greenwich MRC Volunteer by filling and mailing the application (PDF).
You will be notified by your unit coordinator or via the information that you provide when applying to the join your Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) unit. A phone and email message will be sent to you. Therefore, it is very important that you keep your contact information current.
Your local Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) unit coordinator and the Director of Health will have access to this information for the purpose of your volunteer role. Your permission will be required if there is a need to provide your information to any other organizations.