A national network of local volunteers engaging communities to strengthen public health, reduce vulnerabilities, build resilience and improve preparedness, response and recovery.

When disaster strikes, you can make a difference.

You never know when your community will need you. It could be during a communicable disease outbreak, natural disaster or manmade incident. In emergencies and disasters, Pierce County MRC volunteers help public health teams distribute medication and provide medical care.

Pierce County MRC volunteers also help reduce chronic disease, assure access to healthcare and improve health literacy. As a volunteer, you’ll receive training in emergency response and CPR/AED and have opportunities to address pressing public health issues.

Register in advance.

Register now to volunteer—so, when a need arises, we can quickly mobilize you where your valuable skills are needed most.

When we need volunteers, we send a request to registered volunteers. You can accept or decline the request. You are not obligated to participate. If you accept, we’ll tell you when and where to report.

Who should volunteer?

If you’re 18 years or older—whatever your experience or training—your community needs you! Pierce County MRC is actively recruiting medical and non-medical volunteers, like:

  • Administrative/office support.
  • IT support.
  • Greeters.
  • Runners.
  • Patient transport.
  • Chaplains.
  • Radio communicators.
  • Interpreters.
  • Social workers.
  • Behavioral health professionals.
  • EMT/paramedics.
  • Physicians.
  • Nurses.
  • Respiratory therapists.
  • Pharmacists.
  • Dentists.

What do volunteers do?

Pierce County MRC volunteers fill many roles supporting everyday public health initiatives, as well as during emergencies and disasters.

  • Immunization.
  • Medication dispensing.
  • Triaging.
  • Administrative support.
  • Language translation/interpretation.
  • Foot traffic control.
  • Medical personnel assistance.
  • Supply distribution.
  • Logistics.

Why should you volunteer?

Emergencies and disasters can quickly overwhelm the capacity of first responders and local medical infrastructure—especially during the first 12–72 hours. Pierce County MRC’s pre-credentialed and -trained volunteers are ready to respond in times of crisis, allowing first responders to focus on the most critical, life-threatening needs.

Pierce County MRC volunteers also:

  • Gain a sense of pride and accomplishment through community service.
  • Get to know your community better.
  • Network and build references.
  • Earn continuing education credits.
  • Gain public health experience.
  • Learn and develop skills through training and hands-on drills/exercises.
  • Help our communities better prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters.
  • Belong to a dedicated public health and emergency response team.

Teams make wise use of volunteers’ skills and time.

Pierce County MRC leaders work with partners—like health departments, emergency response, schools, police, fire departments and hospitals—to integrate volunteers into teams.

Teams recruit and retain medical, public health and other volunteers who fill needs in our local communities. Our teams include: