Highland News Leader

Madison County Medical Reserve Corps seeks volunteers

Madison County Health Department is offering residents an opportunity to get involved and prepare through service by becoming a volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).

On Monday, Sept. 26, the department is hosting a volunteer orientation training. There is an opportunity for everyone to help. No medical experience is necessary.

Currently, the MRC has 315 volunteers, but needs many more for a population as large as Madison County’s.

The MRC volunteer orientation training will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Madison County Health Department, 101 E. Edwardsville Road in Wood River. Volunteers will learn about the MRC, Public Health 101, Incident Command System, Strategic National Stockpile, and Family Preparedness.

To attend the training, contact Cathy Paone, Madison County MRC volunteer coordinator, at (618) 296-6096 or cmpaone@co.madison.il.us. The registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 19. Advanced registration is required to attend the training. Seating is limited.

Madison County Medical Reserve Corps is now part of the Gateway Volunteer Network (GVN) in the bi-state area (Missouri and Illinois). It is a collaborative effort to bring people volunteering for public health emergencies together into one group to increase communication and build a stronger network of volunteers to increase our ability to respond in emergencies. Visit facebook.com/gatewayvolunteernetwork for more information.

To learn more about the Madison County Medical Reserve Corps, visit madisonchd.org and click on the “MRC” tab.