Greenwich Medical Reserve Corps|
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.
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 physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, social workers, veterinarians, and epidemiologists. Many community members with non-medical backgrounds—interpreters, chaplains, office workers, legal advisors, and others—can fill other key support positions.
We look forward to working with you to provide the above services to the Town of Greenwich.
If you would like to join the Greenwich Medical Reserve Corps you can apply by clicking on the above orange button. You will be contacted by a staff member and receive additional information about your membership and training (s). If you have any questions, please call Joanna Lipson (203)622-3783 - Jlipson@greenwichct.org
For a MRC application, click here.
Frequently Asked Questions (MRC):
• Who can volunteer?
• Why join an MRC?
• Am I obligated for volunteering for the MRC if I work or have family commitments that do not allow me to volunteer at the time of an emergency?
• Do I have liability protection?
• How can I join my local MRC unit?
• How will I be contacted in an emergency?
• Who will have access to my personal information?
Q. Who can volunteer?
A. ANYONE can volunteer for the 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 education, logistics, communication, coordination and other support. Many positions in the MRC do not require medical skills.
Q. Why Join an MRC?
A. 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.
Q. Am I obligated for volunteering for the MRC if I work or have family commitments that do not allow me to volunteer at the time of an emergency?
A. 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.
Q. Do I have liability protection?
A. Yes, after your initial MRC training you will be protected under CT General Statutes Title 28.
Q. How do I join my local MRC unit?
A. You can apply to be a Greenwich MRC Volunteer by filling and mailing the application available here.
Q. How will I be contacted in an emergency?
A. You will be notified by your unit coordinator or via the information that you provide when applying to the join your MRC unit. A phone and email message will be sent to you. Therefore, it is very important that you keep your contact information current.
Q. Who will have access to my personal information?
A. Your local 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.