The Geauga County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a county-based volunteer program for both medical and non-medical volunteers. It is collaborative effort coordinated through the Geauga County Health District that includes medical and non-medical providers, emergency management, emergency medical, and hospital-based services.
The Medical Reserve Corps is a partner program of the Citizen Corps and was founded in 2002 after President Bush's State of the Union address when he asked all Americans to volunteer for their country. The Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps is headquartered in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. All MRC units are community-based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their communities. Volunteers can also make the decision to assist with emergencies state and nationwide.
In his 2002 State of the Union Message, then-President George W. Bush called on all Americans to make a lifetime commitment of at least 4,000 hours —the equivalent of two years of their lives— to serve their communities, the nation and the world. President Bush announced the creation of USA Freedom Corps to help Americans answer his call to service and to foster a culture of service, citizenship and responsibility.
The Citizen Corps is the component of USA Freedom Corps that creates local opportunities for individuals to volunteer to help their communities prepare for and respond to emergencies.
Sponsored by the Office of the Surgeon General, the Medical Reserve Corps coordinates its efforts with several groups and has multiple affiliates. The MRC is a specialized component of Citizen Corps, a national network of volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown security. Citizen Corps, along with AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Peace Corps are part of the President's USA Freedom Corps, which promotes volunteerism and service throughout the nation.
When possible, MRC units collaborate with their local Citizen Corps Council to better protect, prepare, and serve their communities. Other components of Citizen Corps include the programs Neighborhood Watch, Volunteers in Police Service, and Community Emergency Response Team.
At the national level, the MRC program Office functions as a clearinghouse for community information and "best practices." The Office offers technical assistance and educational resources, as well as partners with the National Program Office of Citizen Corps and the USA Freedom Corps to build relationships and gain resources for the MRC program as a whole.
Please read the Office of Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps for more information.
Our partner organizations throughout the region have the common goal of helping the community prevent, prepare for and respond to crime, disasters, pressing public health needs and emergencies of all kinds.
Volunteers are key to making our community a safer place to live. We look forward to working with you in this important community effort.
The Geauga County MRC was created in September 2008 to aid Geauga County before, during, and after an emergency. The Geauga County MRC is comprised of licensed health and medical professionals, including nurses, nurse practitioners, veterinarians, pharmacists, doctors, chiropractors, physician assistants, dentists, and others, and also non-medical volunteers who will assist and support Geauga County during emergencies.
For more information on the Office of Civilian Volunteers Medical Reserve Corps and the Ohio Medical Reserve Corps, please visit the following sites:
Office of the Civilian Medical Reserve Corps
Ohio Medical Reserve Corps