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About the Medical Reserve Corps

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network comprises 993 community-based units and 207,783 volunteers located throughout the United States and its territories.

MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds. MRC units engage these volunteers to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabilities and build community resiliency. They prepare for and respond to natural disasters, such as wildfires, hurricanes, tornados, blizzards, and floods, as well as other emergencies affecting public health, such as disease outbreaks. They frequently contribute to community health activities that promote healthy habits. Examples of activities that MRC volunteers participate in and support include:

  • Emergency Preparedness and Response Trainings 
  • Health Screenings
  • Emergency Sheltering
  • Obesity Reduction
  • Responder Rehab
  • Vaccination Clinics
  • Disaster Medical Support
  • Outreach to Underserved Community Members
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Heart Health
  • Medical Facility Surge Capacity
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • First Aid During Large Public Gatherings
  • Community Event Support
  • Planning, Logistical, & Administrative Support
  • Healthy Living
  • Veterinary Support and Pet Preparedness
  • Health Education and Promotion
  • Engaging Youth in Public Health Activities

Check out our most recent Quarterly Report (PDF - 250 KB) and MRC In Focus Newsletter for many examples of activities that MRC volunteers are involved in.

To volunteer or partner with your local MRC, simply visit our Find MRC Units page to locate the unit nearest you. Then contact the unit leader to discuss ways that you could contribute to the local MRC.

Can’t find an MRC in your area? Consider starting or supporting an MRC unit in your community – or find out who to talk to in your local government to make that happen! Contact the DCVMRC for more information and guidance at or 202-692-4724.

The MRC mission is supported by the Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (DCVMRC), which serves as the National Program Office for the MRC. To learn more about the DCVMRC and staff, please visit the About the DCVMRC page.

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