Join us for a Blood Drive on August 24th from 1-6pm at the New Milford VFW (11 Avery Rd, New Milford, CT 06776). Click here to sign up for a volunteer slot. Contact Megan McClintock (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions you may have.
We are hosting a virtual blood drive provided by the red cross from now until August 1st! This is a space where HVMRC volunteers, family, and friends can pledge to donate blood and find their local blood drive. The campaign is set to 25 pledges.
Click here to pledge to donate blood.
Click here to learn more about the sleeves up virtual blood drive campaign.
What is the Medical Reserve Corps?
The Medical Reserve Corps is a nationally recognized volunteer program that allows community members to assist with the needs of their community. To see more, please visit our about MRC tab
Do I have to be a medical professional to volunteer?
Housatonic Valley MRC welcomes all occupations and skills. The latest MRC National Network profile shows that nearly 40% of MRC members are non-medical volunteers: https://aspr.hhs.gov/MRC/Pages/index.aspx
What are some missions the MRC participates in?
Some missions that the MRC can be deployed to are, but limited to:
-PPE and Medicant Distribution Sites
-Blood pressure clinics
-Assisting with non-profit organizations
-Drills (mass casualty, mass dispensing, radiation emergencies, etc.)
Do I have to have any experience?
We accept all volunteers from all walks of life. Whether you are in college or in retirement, the MRC has a spot for you. The only requirement is that you must be 18 years or older to be an active volunteer
What are some training opportunities you offer?
Some trainings that our unit provides, but are not limited to:
-CPR/ First Aid
-Narcan/ Opioid Awareness
-Matter of Balance/ Community Health programs
-FEMA IS Courses
-MRC Training Courses
What is the time commitment to being a volunteer?
The time you spend as a volunteer is completely in your control! All of our trainings and missions are voluntary and there is no obligation to sign up. We appreciate any time you give to help our community!
What will I get out of being a volunteer?
Being a volunteer is what you make of it. Some perks to being a volunteer are:
-Building networks and future opportunities for your personal and professional goals
-Meeting new people you may not have had the opportunity to if you were not a part of HVMRC
-Professional development through training and experience
-Community service hours
-The ability to give back to your community
How do I become a volunteer?
It’s easy! Email Unit Leader Megan McClintock at email@example.com with email header “New Volunteer.” She will then direct you to a form with basic questions to find out a little more about who you are. We will then have an orientation for you to meet fellow volunteers and find out more details about being an HVMRC volunteer.
Is there a fee to become a member?
There is no fee to become a member. The only thing we ask for is your time.
Do MRC volunteers only help in disaster time (during emergency situations)?
Although MRC volunteers are ready to respond to disasters or emergencies, part of the MRC program’s mission is to foster disaster preparedness. MRC volunteers also are called to help during non-emergency times. During non-emergent times, MRC volunteers strengthen the overall health of Americans by participating in general public health initiatives such as flu vaccination clinics. MRC volunteers also promote improving health literacy, increasing disease prevention, eliminating health disparities, and supporting public health preparedness.
Click here for to read the National MRC FAQ