Medical Reserve Corps

The Medical Reserve Corps is on the front lines working in tandem with first responders and public health departments to protect our country. They represent the best of American volunteerism.

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, saw a surge of volunteers on the scene eager to help. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) emerged as a way to provide structure and organization for the community members looking to contribute to disaster response through their diverse skills and professional backgrounds.

To remain resilient in the face of disaster, or to prevent such tragedy altogether, our nation requires constant public health reinforcement. The passionate and caring volunteers of the MRC are ever ready to activate, providing immunizations, education for children, shelters for victims of various traumas, and countless other services.

As MRC units have worked tirelessly to support the efforts of local health departments and hospitals in providing additional hands on deck during emergency situations, the program has grown to include 996 community-based units and almost 200,000 volunteers throughout the nation. In 2013, after the Boston Marathon bombing, MRC volunteers, already on the scene to treat standard athletic injuries, were first to respond.

We may not know when the next major American tragedy will arise. But these trying times promise disasters—natural and man-made—are inevitable. When a crisis strikes, our nation will call on our MRC volunteers, and we should hope they have the equipment and training they need to save lives while staying safe themselves. Join The Foundation for the Public’s Health in supporting your local MRC unit today!

We may not know when the next major American tragedy will arise. But these trying times promise disasters—natural and man-made—are inevitable. When a crisis strikes, our nation will call on our MRC volunteers, and we should hope they have the equipment and training they need to save lives while staying safe themselves. Join The Foundation for the Public’s Health in supporting your local MRC unit today!

If you are a prospective donor who would like to discuss your ideas on how to support the MRC, please contact us. Thank you for helping us build on the promise of public health.

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