Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of local groups of volunteers engaging local communities to strengthen public health, reduce vulnerability, build resilience, and improve preparedness, response and recovery capabilities.
There are over 900 units throughout the United States and its territories. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds. The MRC was established after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 to provide a way to recruit, train, and activate volunteers to respond to community health needs, including disasters and other public health emergencies. A healthcare background is not required.
Register to join the MRC
Nā Lima Kāko’o | https://nlk.doh.hawaii.gov
HOW DOES THE MRC HELP?
The Hawaii MRC operates under the Hawaii State Department of Health. In a disaster, MRC volunteers may be activated to provide surge capacity to DOH and other emergency management partners. MRC members may assist in shelters, help distribute medicines, or provide information and assistance to the community in other ways as needed. MRC volunteers attend orientation and quarterly meetings and participate in relevant training activities as their schedule allows. Volunteers are invited to participate in preparedness exercises, community health activities, flu clinics, vision screening clinics, health fairs, and other events.
Due to our geographic isolation, Hawaii’s communities must be self-sufficient and resilient, particularly when disaster strikes, and the MRC helps those communities when they need it most.
Response to COVID-19
The Hawaii MRC units are activated for the COVID-19 response. We appreciate the community’s generosity to donate time and skills. At this time, we are asking for flexibility and patience as we continue to work on assessing our resources and waiting for tasks. We are looking for members of the community that have public health or health care experience. Interested individuals can go to https://nlk.doh.hawaii.gov to fill out an application.
Note: Your first responsibility is to your employer
Looking to help out in other ways?
There are other agencies in need of volunteers – the Hawaii State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (HSVOAD), which Hawaii MRC is a part of, is also looking for volunteers to help with increased needs due to COVID-19.
Oahu Medical Reserve Corps
Phone: (808) 587-5770 | [email protected]
Maui County Health Volunteers
Phone: (808) 243-8649 | [email protected]
Big Island Medical Reserve Corps
Phone: (808) 974-6010 | [email protected]
Kauai Medical Reserve Corps
Phone: (808) 241-3420 | [email protected]