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Medical Reserve Corps

History of MRC in Shawnee County
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a component of Citizen Corps, under the USA Freedom Corps initiated by President George W. Bush. In response to the outpouring of volunteer support in the days following September 11, 2001, President Bush called for all local citizens to serve in their communities by challenging them to devote 4,000 hours of time in volunteer service to others in their community.  At this time he created the USA Freedom Corps (now known as United We Serve). This national initiative is made up of several components including Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and Citizen Corps. Citizen Corps volunteers work to make sure their families, homes, and communities are prepared in the event of terrorism, crime, and disasters of all kinds. One specialized component of this effort is the MRC. Our volunteers are local citizens, who devote their time and effort to their local community.

MRC in Shawnee County
Shawnee County began a MRC program in the fall of 2002, following a federal grant award from the Department of Health and Human Services through the Office of the Surgeon General. The Shawnee County Health Agency was the recipient of the three-year grant totaling $150,000 and was one of the initial forty-two grantees in the nation in 2002. The MRC program provides training opportunities for MRC volunteers to help the community be better prepared for public health emergencies.

Sign up to be an MRC volunteer today! Become an MRC Volunteer.

Volunteer Duties
MRC volunteer duties are separated according to the needs for emergency and non-emergency events. Volunteers are needed for public health emergencies such as flu epidemics, disease outbreaks and bioterrorism events. They are also needed to assist with community events such as health fairs, flu clinics and children’s vaccination clinics.

Partnering with MRC
Shawnee County MRC volunteers serve in organizations throughout the community as ambassadors for public health. If your organization has a need for volunteers with medical skills, mental health skills, or a variety of other specialties, contact us to discuss your organization’s needs. We are also available to come to your organization to talk about MRC, our emergency preparedness plans in Shawnee County or personal emergency preparedness.

MRC Video
The Shawnee County Medical Reserve Corps video explains the MRC program and how volunteers are involved in supporting public health. The video has a run time of about eight minutes and is also available in high-definition and low-definition MAW.

Contact Us
Shawnee County
Medical Reserve Corps

2600 SW East Circle Drive
Topeka, KS 66606

Ph: (785) 251-5661


Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hours may be
extended as needed

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