The MRC was founded after 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 of volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown security.

MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources.

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program strengthens communities by helping medical, public health and other volunteers offer their expertise throughout the year as well as during local emergencies and other times of community need.

MRC volunteers work in coordination with existing local emergency response programs and also supplement existing community public health initiatives, such as outreach and prevention, immunization programs, blood drives, case management, care planning, and other efforts.

Currently, there is one MRC coordinator for each of the eight WCO counties. Information on how to contact each county coordinator can be found on the home page.

Who Can Volunteer?

Whether you have medical skills, mental health skills or simply want to contribute to public health and safety, we are looking for a variety of willing volunteers.

We are looking for:

  • Licensed medical professionals
  • Non-licensed volunteers with medical background
  • Mental health professionals
  • Volunteers with other specialties
  • Volunteers who are not in the medical or mental health field, but are willing to provide basic support
  • Individuals age 18 or older

Volunteers can be:

  • Actively employed in their profession
  • Inactive in their profession
  • Retirees
  • Students


  • Nurses
  • Doctors
  • Pharmacists
  • Veterinarians
  • Dentists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Paramedics
  • Physical Therapists
  • Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Health Educators
  • Epidemiologists
  • Public Information Specialists