(MRC) Medical Reserve Corps units are community-based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize health care 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. Some possible MRC utilizations include:
- Mass Pharmaceutical Distribution
- Mass Vaccination
- Medical Support for Emergency Shelters
- Public Health Activities
The Louisville Metro MRC was established in 2002 and currently has over 800 volunteers. The volunteers include medical and public health professionals such as:
- Dental hygienists
- Mental health professionals
- Respiratory therapists
- Dental students
- Medical students
- Nursing students
For more information go to http://www.medicalreservecorps.gov/.
If you are interested in joining the Louisville Metro MRC, please contact Diane Bagby via email.
There are a number of organizations in the Louisville Metro area that rely on volunteers to carry out their missions. Following are a few websites to visit if you are interested in volunteering.
American Red Cross Louisville Chapter http://www.louisville-redcross.org/
The Salvation Army
Kentucky Emergency Management Search and Rescue
Jefferson County Search Dog Association