The Nebraska Medical Reserve Corps
Mission of the MRC
The mission of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is to improve the health and safety of communities across the country by organizing and utilizing public health, medical and other volunteers.
Founding of the MRC
The MRC was founded after former President Bush's 2002 State of the Union Address, in which he asked all Americans to volunteer in support of their country. It is a partner program with Citizen Corps, a national network for volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown security.
What do MRCs do?
MRC units are community-based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize 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 are registered in advance, are offered free education and training opportunities and can participate in preparedness exercises with their team. It is always at the discretion of the volunteer whether to respond to an event or not - being part of an MRC does not REQUIRE the volunteer to assist.
For volunteers who are interested in serving elsewhere in the U.S., special training opportunities are available that will prepare the volunteer to be of service on a federal basis.
Who are MRC Volunteers?
MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians and epidemiologists, to name a few. Many community members - interpreters, chaplains, office workers, legal advisors and others - can also fill key support positions and will be needed. Don't count yourself out if you are not a medical professional! Your skills will still be needed!
What Do I Do if I am Interested?
Contact a Medical Reserve Corps Coordinators, listed on this website's menu. We look forward to visiting with you, answering any questions you may have and helping you apply if you are interested!