FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 25, 2008

CONTACT: Wayne Avery, (908) 527-4742

 

UNION COUNTY MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS NEEDS YOU

After September 11, 2001, America witnessed an outpour of selflessness and heroism. People in every corner of the country asked “What can I do?” and “How can I help?” The Union County Medical Reserve Corps (UCMRC) was created to help answer these questions. The mission of UCMRC is to develop a trained workforce of volunteers to serve the citizens of the community in which they reside. To ensure Union County is better prepared, local volunteers are provided with training to qualify them as members of the Medical Reserve Corps.

As a Union County MRC Volunteer you will support local public health initiatives, assist with surge personnel needs and participate in community preparedness activities, such as exercises for shelters, mass prophylaxis, vaccination clinics, and other emergency scenarios. Both medically trained (e.g. physicians, registered nurses, pharmacists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors, etc.) and non-medical (e.g. interpreters, chaplains, office workers, etc.) personnel are needed.

“The Medical Reserve Corps plays a vital role in our ability to effectively respond to a public health emergency and can provide emergency backup that would not otherwise be available,” said Union County Freeholder Rick Proctor.

If you are interested in volunteering or to learn more information, please join us during new volunteer orientation meetings on the first Monday of every month from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ralph Froehlich Public Safety Building, second floor, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, N.J., 07290. You can also contact Ella Shaykevich, Public Health nurse Coordinator/MRC coordinator, at 908-518-6631 or eshaykevich@njlincs.net for more information.