Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps Seeks Volunteers
Cape Cod Citizens Corps Council will host Volunteer Reception to boost emergency preparedness
Information from Barnstable County Department of Health & Environment and the Cape Cod Citizens Corps Council
Diana Gaumond RN, BSN, MPH, Director, Medical Reserve Corps
Sonja Sheasley, Communications Coordinator, Barnstable County 508-375-6896 firstname.lastname@example.org
For Immediate Release | Barnstable County, MA – March 5, 2020 – The Cape Cod Citizens Corps Council, an umbrella organization for several volunteer organizations in Barnstable County, is hosting a reception to attract new volunteers to the Medical Reserve Corps. Recruitment of both clinical and non-clinical volunteers will boost emergency preparedness in light of the novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCov) that has been declared a global health emergency and a national health emergency in the United States.
Whether it’s supporting emergency response after a natural disaster, assisting at a seasonal flu clinic, or helping promote community preparedness, MRC volunteers are needed to help make the community safer. Specific roles are based on the volunteer’s background, interests and skills, as well as the needs of the MRC and the community. Anyone who has an interest in helping, is over the age of 18, and who can successfully pass a background check, is encouraged to apply.
Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps Director Diana Gaumond said,[su_quote] “Our community’s resilience is directly impacted by the MRC volunteers. We are looking for people who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies, and we welcome anyone who is interested in helping in times of disasters and emergencies to support public health.” [/su_quote]
Volunteer Reception Center
Please join us on March 14th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Barnstable County Complex in the Innovation Conference Room at the One Cape Building. See the Barnstable County complex map.
What is the Medical Reserve Corps?
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network comprises 848 community-based units and close to 200,000 volunteers located throughout the United States and its territories.
MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds. MRC units engage these volunteers to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabilities and build community resiliency. They prepare for and respond to natural disasters, such as wildfires, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, as well as other emergencies affecting public health, such as disease outbreaks or mass casualty incidents. They frequently contribute to community health activities that promote healthy habits.
To learn more about MRC at the national level visit, https://mrc.hhs.gov/HomePage
About the Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps
The Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps (CCMRC) became a part of the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment at the request of the Cape and Islands Health Agents Coalition. The mission of the CCMRC is to engage volunteers to strengthen public health, emergency response, and build community resiliency. To achieve this mission, CCMRC is committed to building a self-sustaining, trained and credentialed volunteer force.
About the Cape Cod Citizens Corps Council
The Cape Cod Citizens Corps Council works to promote citizen involvement in various emergency preparedness and response programs. The members continue to develop a peer-to-peer network of program coordinators in the Cape Cod community. The Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment is the host agency to the CC CCC. BCDHE organizes regional meetings, training opportunities, shares best practices through the BC Regional Emergency Planning Committee, and provides technical assistance to program managers involved in Cape Cod Citizens Corps Council.