Recent experience with large scale disasters has consistently shown that an effective response requires that volunteers be pre-credentialed and deployed through a coordinated effort. Well-meaning individuals who spontaneously present to disaster sites are often unable to be assigned because they have not enrolled with or been vetted by a recognized volunteer organization previously. With limited time and resources to process volunteers, often only those with known credentials are permitted access to the disaster response.
Individuals interested in becoming a public health volunteer can join a number of volunteer organizations in Massachusetts, and there is a need for clinical and non-clinical volunteers to respond and fill a variety of roles depending on the event. Below are a few options you can explore to find more information about how to become a volunteer.
Enroll today so that you’re ready and able to respond when an emergency happens.
The Greater River Valley Medical Reserve Corps and its volunteer work at a local flu clinic are highlighted. Included are discussions about the benefits and misconceptions surrounding volunteering in your local community as well as a way to find out more about volunteer opportunities through MA Responds.
- MA Responds is a web-based system for registration, management, communication and mobilization of volunteers for response to all types of public health events and emergencies.
- The Medical Reserve Corps is a national network of local groups of volunteers committed to improving the health, safety, and resiliency of their communities.
- Behavioral Health Disaster Responders, or "crisis counselors," provide a short-term intervention with individuals and/or groups experiencing psychological reactions to a major emergency and/or disaster and its aftermath.