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Volunteer Opportunities

Florida Department of Health in Volusia County Medical Reserve Corps.

MRC Application

MRC Volunteer Reference


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

  • Assisting with training

Until Help Arrives. Trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46. You are the help until help arrives. Join us for a program designed to educate and empower you to take action in emergencies and provide lifesaving care before professional help arrives. This program helps you to take these ?ve steps in situations when someone may have a life-threatening injury: Call 9-1-1, Protect the injured from harm, Stop bleeding, Position the injured so they can breathe, Provide comfort. For more information, please contact: Susan Skinner, MRC coordinator @ or 386-281-7909.

Deland Library Until Help Arrives Class

Deland Library Until Help Arrives Team

Frank, Denise, Wendy, and Aleta

Back to school immunizations – Larry Westley, RN and Aleta Dick, RN

Florida Department of Health in Volusia County Until Help Arrives Class.

Michelle and John UHA

              Michelle and Joan practicing with a tourniquet.

Richard and Dawn UHA

             Richard and Dawn practicing with a tourniquet.

Susie being placed in the recovery position. Wendy and Aleta.

    Susie being placed in the recovery position. Wendy and Aleta.

 First Aid Bag inventory – Carolyn Tann Starr, Aleta Dick and Orly Trykala



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

  • 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