BRATTLEBORO >> Vermont Medical Reserve Corps is looking for volunteers.
MRCs are community-based organizations that help support the health department, local hospitals, and their local communities. They serve communities by assisting in times of need in various capacities, as well as promoting health and wellness activities, preparedness education, and taking part in local community events.
MRCs are made up of medical and non-medical volunteers, serving up to their licensed skill level based on incident need. Non-medical volunteers are just as vital to MRC units and encourage to join; assisting in coordination, administrative, and logistical support. Members can volunteer as much time as they like on health and wellness activities and/or just serve in times of need.
MRC volunteers can be a vital resource in times of need, being deployed to overwhelmed medical facilities (medical surge) or assisting the state in mass prophylaxis (e.g. critical interventions antibiotics, vaccinations, or etc. to prevent the development of disease to those exposed or potentially exposed to health threats). Becoming an affiliated registered volunteer before an incident allows one to be pre-credentialed and verified, so he/she can be utilized to help as soon as possible.
Recently, Vermont MRC volunteers have helped support the blood drawing clinics for Bennington PFOA water contamination this spring, supported last year's tuberculosis testing clinics for students and staff at Charlotte Central School after a reported case, assisted with Vermont's WIC program, and held first aid stations at this year's Vermont 100 Endurance Race and St. Alban's Bay Day event.
Additionally, members receive various training and educational opportunities, such as how to set-up the state's mobile portable hospital, psychological first aid training, and attending special speaker presentations.
To learn more about Vermont MRCs and sign-up, visit at OnCallforVT.org.