The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) might be one of the best volunteer disaster organizations you’ve never heard of. The MRC is a national network of locally organized volunteers who work to improve the safety and health of their communities, particularly during public health emergencies. There are nearly 1,000 MRCs across the U.S. and its territories. In Pennsylvania, there are 10 units and one of them is in Bucks County!
The Bucks County MRC (BC-MRC) consists of volunteers of all professional backgrounds. The unit’s mission is to train, engage, utilize, and maintain a cadre of medical and non-medical volunteers to support the health and resiliency of our communities. To achieve this, BC-MRC volunteers actively prepare to support public health emergencies and the needs of the community by building their skills and competencies through participation in trainings and drills/exercises. BC-MRC volunteers also provide preparedness education to the public, to ensure whole community preparedness.
BC-MRC and spontaneous volunteers (called COVID-19 Response Volunteers) were an integral part of Bucks County’s COVID-19 pandemic response. BC-MRC volunteers responded for over 11,000 hours between March 2020 through February 2022, conducting contact tracing and case investigations, sharing ever changing guidance through the county’s call center, supporting vaccination clinic operations, providing remote patient monitoring for housing isolation, and administering and distributing COVID-19 rapid antigen tests.
For everything they have contributed to the COVID-19 pandemic response and past events we cannot thank these individuals enough for volunteering their time, skills, and energies to support the health and safety of our community during a time of desperate need. Please join the Bucks County Department of Health in celebrating this local network of heroes. Thank you, BC-MRC, for everything you do for our community!
To learn more, support, or join the BC-MRC, please visit www.BucksCounty.gov/health.