McHenry County Department of Health - Emergency Preparedness & Response
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Volunteer--Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

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McHenry County MRC Wants You!


MRC paradeWelcome! Are you interested in becoming part of a dedicated public health and emergency response team?  Whether you have a medical or non-medical background the McHenry County Medical Reserve Corps offers you that opportunity. The MRC trains and prepares volunteers so they are ready to respond and protect our community.

The McHenry County Medical Reserve Corps is an important part of the Health Department’s Emergency Preparedness & Response strategy.  We are dedicated to the pre-identification, advance training and credentialing of both medical and non-medical volunteers. The MRC has a flexible volunteer schedule that allows you to contribute the amount of time that is compatible with your life.

How Our Volunteers Help McHenry County

MRC website tan backgroundVolunteers help to fortify McHenry County’s ability to respond to terrorist activity, natural disasters, and public health emergencies. MRC volunteers also strengthen the overall health, well-being and emergency preparedness of the community by participating in McHenry County Department of Health activities throughout the year.

Volunteers also have the opportunity to participate in specialized teams such as Firefighter Rehabilitation, Heart Age Education and Animal Disaster Response. To volunteer for these teams specific training is provided. To view photos of the MRC in action click here!


Curious About Volunteering with the MRC?  Watch this Video to Learn More!

History of the Medical Reserve Corps

After the tragic events of September 11th, thousands of citizens responded by volunteering to help in any way they could. To provide a framework for volunteers, President Bush launched the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) in 2002. While created nationally, the MRC is a network of local groups meeting the specific needs of their communities.

In McHenry County the MRC was founded in September 2003. As of 2014 there are approximately 995 MRC Units with 208,000 volunteers across the network of MRC Units.   

 Click here to read the complete history of the MRC

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Pictured left to right:  U.S. Acting Surgeon General Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, MRC Liaison Liz Hackett, Captain Robert Tosatto.


 McHenry County Medical Reserve Corps - Volunteer Application

To access the MRC volunteer application, please click on the following link. Applications must be printed and mailed to the address listed within the application. If you are having difficulties viewing the application or would like to receive a copy of the application by mail, please call (815) 334-4531.




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