Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program


Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program

The Harris County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is actively recruiting volunteers to assist our community in response to COVID-19.

For more information about HCPH COVID-19 Response, view our community resources here.

PLEASE NOTE: Volunteers who work at COVID-19 Vaccination and/or Testing sites will not be given a vaccination. To sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine, please click here

About The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)


In the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, many Americans volunteered their skills to assist those in need in their community. Out of this tragedy, the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program was established in 2002 as a way of better preparing communities and providing means for relief during emergency situations.

The MRC is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. This network comprises almost 1,000 community-based units and nearly 200,000 volunteers throughout the United States and its territories. 

Volunteers include medical and public health professionals as well as community members without healthcare backgrounds. Units help to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabilities, and build community resiliency. They prepare for and respond to natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornados, and floods, as well as other circumstances impacting public health, including disease outbreaks.

Our Mission

The purpose of the Harris County Medical Reserve Corps (HCPH MRC) program is to establish a network of medical and non-medical volunteers to strengthen public health, emergency response, and community resiliency during times of emergency as well as throughout the year. 

This is accomplished by:

  • Recruiting healthcare professionals and volunteers in supporting roles.
  • Matching volunteers' skills to address community needs.
  • Training volunteers to respond effectively to local emergencies.
  • Improving awareness of individual and community preparedness through outreach and education. 

Become A Volunteer

Our unit is looking for both medical and non-medical personnel alike to join our team of volunteers. To find out how to become a volunteer with HCPH MRC, view application guidelines here.