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Volunteer Opportunities

Florida Department of Health in Volusia County Medical Reserve Corps.


MRC volunteers"A community's local response to disaster is dependent on those willing to give of themselves for the good of others."

~ Palm Beach MRC ~

Who can volunteer? 

Health professionals - The Medical Reserve Corps needs practicing or retired Florida-licensed health care professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy techs, respiratory therapists, social workers, mental health counselors, health educators, epidemiologists, paramedics/EMTs and veterinarians, to name a few.

Non-health professionals - The Medical Reserve Corps also needs volunteers for key support roles as in greeters, educators, communications, safety, security, clinic flow direction, registration, interpreters, supply management, pet care and chaplain services.

Where will I be volunteering? 

There are many areas for volunteering:

Disaster Response Assistance - This assignment may take place in special needs hurricane shelters, in mass prophylaxis drive through dispensing sites, or door-to-door disease investigations as a part of public health teams, for example.

Health Promotion - You may choose to participate in community or health fair screenings, or serve on our mobile medical unit assisting health department staff with outreach clinics.

What are some examples of volunteer activities? 

  • Triaging and registering people in special needs shelters

  • Distributing anti-virals during drive through medication of the population

  • Interpreting for people with limited English ability

  • Administering preventive vaccines

  • Answering phones in an emergency call center

What are the benefits of volunteering with the Medical Reserve Corps? 

  • A sense of satisfaction from helping others in need

  • Disaster training preparing you in advance for community emergencies

  • Being part of a dedicated public health and emergency response team

  • Protection under state liability coverage

Types of Volunteers 

  • Possible front-line medical and public health volunteers include:
  • physicians (D.O.) or (M.D.) (e.g., including surgeons, medical specialists)

  • physician assistants

  • nurses (e.g., ARNP's, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses)

  • respiratory care practitioners

  • pharmacists

  • dentists

  • dental hygienists

  • dental assistants

  • optometrists

  • veterinarians

  • emergency medical technicians

  • paramedics

  • nursing assistants

  • public health workers

  • epidemiologists

  • infectious disease specialists

  • toxicologists

  • mental health practitioners (e.g., psychologists, substance abuse counselors, social workers)

  • health educators/communicators

  • other medical and public health professionals

  • Possible administrative and other support volunteers include:
  • administrators and business managers

  • administrative assistants and office support staff

  • drivers

  • chaplains

  • training directors

  • trainers

  • volunteer coordinators

  • fundraising professionals

  • supply and logistics managers & workers

  • interpreters/translators

  • amateur radio operators

  • other support personnel