Medical Reserve Corps

Nationally the Medical Reserve Corps is…..Led by the Department of Health & Human Services, office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness & Response.

The MRC is comprised of medical and non-medical volunteers.

The MRC provides the structure necessary to pre-identify, credential, train, and activate medical and public health volunteers.

The Medical Reserve Corps provides health professionals and others as organized mechanism through which they can volunteer their time and skills to strengthen their communities by preparing for and responding to emergencies and disasters, such as (but not limited to) influenza outbreak/spread, epidemic, chemical release, or act of terrorism.

Locally the Medical Reserve Corps is…… Housed by the Grundy County Health Department in Morris Illinois.

The group is currently comprised of both medical and non-medical volunteers who assist in a variety of roles alongside our Health Department Staff.

While training and preparing for All-Hazards emergencies the volunteers assist with community outreach and education.

Community outreach and education involves volunteers (medical/non-medical) promoting healthy lifestyles whether it is diet, exercise, health screenings, in addition to preparing individuals’ families for emergencies that have the potential to strike in Grundy County.

Not all volunteers have to be out in the community speaking in front of others but can rather assist with behind the scenes like assisting with Health & Preparedness Fair coordination or drill and exercise coordination.

With the Grundy County Medical Reserve Corps there is a spot perfect for you no matter your previous skills, experiences, or interests. We hope to have you become a part of our team!

1320 Union Street, Morris, IL 60450
Phone: 815-941-3404
For more information, please email
Become a Volunteer
What will I be doing as an MRC Volunteer?
As a Grundy County MRC Volunteer you will be learning and training alongside our staff to help better prepare the community for emergencies as well as educating them on healthier lifestyles including diet, exercise, and preventative health screening education.

The program is what you want to make of it! If you have a passion for helping people this is the program for you!

There are many different areas of interest our volunteers choose to be a part of. Read more about the different “teams” in the “Medical Response Teams” section below!
What the MRC can do for you!
When you are a part of the Grundy County MRC you gain experience in a wide variety of areas related to health as well as all-hazard emergencies. We strive to educate our volunteers so that they can in turn take what they learn and assist us with educating the community.

You will have the opportunity to attend some interesting trainings and potentially conferences offered. Being a part of the MRC opens many doors to help people within the County. We are proud of our volunteers and are so thankful for how much they do for us here in Grundy County.

With the Grundy County Medical Reserve Corps there is a spot perfect for you no matter your previous skills, experiences, or interests. We hope to have you become a part of our team!
MRC Response Teams – What's Required?
You must be 18 years or older

You must be able to pass a background check

Have an interest in learning new things and helping people!

You do not need to be a Grundy County resident however, we just require that you have a means of transportation to attend meeting and trainings periodically throughout the year.
Do I have to have medical skills to volunteer?
No. We have a need for both medical volunteers to perform medical functions and non-medical volunteers to fill essential roles that do not involve medical duties. We need people with all different types of interest, experience, and education. We are willing to train for most positions so you can be a part of the different teams within the MRC.
Are there any fees or costs?
There are no fees to become an MRC Volunteer. Costs for trainings are also covered by the MRC and Health Department.
Current Volunteers
Current Volunteers
Special Projects

Community Outreach & Education Project-Monthly FREE trainings that our volunteers are asked to assist with putting together and potentially presenting to the community each month. Different topics each month!
Volunteers will be asked to assist with these outreach events. Please watch for upcoming dates/times/locations for these outreach and education events!

National Incident Management System Courses

NIMS ICS 100.b
NIMS ICS 700.a
NIMS ICS 200.b
NIMS ICS 800.b

Interesting Trainings (optional)

Basic MRC Training Videos
Psychological First Aid Training Self-Paced Online

Program Updates

2013-2014 MRC CBA Award Notification received!
2014-2015 MRC CBA Award Applications are in the process of being submitted!
Just for Kids!
Just for Kids!