Arlington Health Department Seeks
Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Volunteers
An information session will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 at the Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St., to learn more about volunteering and registering with the MRC
Become an MRC Volunteer
Arlington MRC is part of the Massachusetts Region 4b MRC Unit. Registration can be completed through MA Responds, an online registration system, by clicking here.
For guidance on registering for MA Responds, please click here.
What is the role of the MRC Volunteers?
The MRCs assist the Health Department with flu clinics and other emergency preparedness activities either in a medical or non-medical role. The program is flexible and volunteers choose their level of participation. Whether administering flu vaccinations or providing logistical support, every role is critical in the MRC process.
The Medical Reserve Corps Program was formed in 2002, in cooperation with the White House's USA Freedom Corps. MRC volunteers offer their expertise throughout the year by supporting local public health initiatives, such as immunization and prevention activities. When an emergency community need occurs, MRC volunteers can work in coordination with existing local emergency response programs.
Who are the MRCs?
Arlington has more than 100 MRC volunteers. Collectively, the volunteers offer a diverse set of skills, experience and education. Chances are someone you know is a volunteer. When asked why they became an MRC, Volunteers responded:
"I have enjoyed getting to know other nurses in Town and providing a service to the Town I have grown up in and chose to stay in. 9/11 really prompted me to become an MRC. I think everyone should do some sort of service in their community and [nursing] just happens to be one of my strengths. I love seeing the same people year after year at the flu clinics. I feel it is a way to check on them too and see how they are doing. I believe that the Arlington I grew up in deserves a little something back from me. It is also good for my kids to see me volunteer to set an example for them." -- Michele H
"I became a MRC volunteer in the hope of giving back to the Town for all the services the Town provided to my family." -- Bob P
"My husband and I became MRC volunteers to help out in the community. Our experience has been positive. It was amazing to see how many people took advantage of the Flu Clinics. I especially like being able to support the elderly as they navigate the paperwork. You are all a great bunch of people!" -- Jeanne H
"It is an honor to be an MRC volunteer. We have to protect our community and be good neighbors to one another." -- Rosita K
Where can I learn more about the MRC Volunteers?
For more information on the MRC Volunteer program, please visit the regional website at www.region4b.org. Please be sure to include an email address and contact phone number when you register.
Upcoming MRC Volunteer Opportunities
The Health Department will begin its flu vaccination clinics in September. The Health Department will offer vaccinations at a number of events, including Town Day. A complete list of flu vaccination clinics will be available in August.
Thank you for your support!