Alexandria, VA – The Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), a group of local volunteers with medical and non-medical skills, expands the Alexandria Health Department’s (AHD) ability to respond to emergencies. The MRC has been highly active over the last year, most recently by aiding in vaccine distribution.
“The MRC is doing a lot of different things with the AHD,” says Natalie Talis, population health manager at the Alexandria Health Department. “They are staffing vaccine events alongside health department staff, City staff, and paramedics. They also support our call center, taking calls from residents who need access to vaccine information.”
As more vaccines are distributed and more citizens vaccinated, the need for support from the MRC will increase proportionately. “We are excited to see the vaccine supply increasing,” says Talis. “We will continue to need additional support, so we encourage anyone who is interested to sign up and join us.”
To volunteer with the MRC, you will apply and fill out a form to register as a volunteer. The Alexandria Health Department will follow up with more information regarding training and background checks.
Once in the AHD database, you will receive text and email alerts for task-oriented opportunities that you can accept or reject. “MRC volunteering is based on the individual,” Talis says.
“I continue to be inspired by these folks that are my neighbors.” She adds. “Alexandrians from every corner of our city and every walk of life are doing this.
We have all kinds of people filling all kinds of roles. What brings them together is a passion for serving their community and giving back what they can.”
For more information or to volunteer with the Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps, visit www.alexandriava.gov/MedicalReserve.