Our mission is to engage health care professionals and non-medical personnel in helping the community prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, disasters, and pressing public health needs by providing a group of readily trained and available volunteer professionals who supplement and assist local medical emergency response systems.
In his 2002 State of the Union Message, President George W. Bush called on all Americans to make a lifetime commitment of at least 4,000 hours—the equivalent of two years of their lives—to serve their communities, the nation, and the world. President Bush announced the creation of the USA Freedom Corps to help Americans answer his call to service and to foster a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility.
Sponsored by the Office of the Surgeon General, the Medical Reserve Corps coordinates its efforts with several groups and has multiple affiliates. The 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 President's United We Serve which promotes volunteerism and service throughout the nation.
When possible, MRC units collaborate with their local Citizen Corps Council to better protect, prepare, and serve their communities. Other components of Citizen Corps include the programs USA on Watch, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), Fire Corps, and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
The Greater Monadnock MRC was created in 2008 in response to the need to have an identified and trained volunteer medical workforce available in the event of a public health emergency or disaster. Additionally, the volunteers will fill the need to promote preparedness in the community before these events occur.
Our partner organizations throughout the region have the common goal of helping the community prevent, prepare for and respond to crime, disasters, pressing public health needs, and emergencies of all kinds.
Volunteers are key to making our community a safer place to live. We look forward to working with you in this important community effort.
Recruitment for the MRC will be community-based and managed. The MRC seeks volunteers from various professional and non-professional backgrounds, including medical and non-medical, behavioral, public health, and support staff. The MRC will offer flexibility and allow volunteers to choose their desired level of participation and commitment.
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