Volunteer Opportunities / MRC

The Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a volunteer organization of local medical and non-medical volunteers who are ready to respond to public health emergencies. MRC volunteers strengthen the emergency preparedness and daily services of Alexandria Health Department.

Page updated on Jan 9, 2018 at 4:37 PM

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Join Us

Interested in volunteering with the Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps? Register online through the Virginia Volunteer Health System.

About the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

Our MRC volunteers serve our community and are critical in accomplishing the Health Department's missions. They help us prepare for and respond to natural disasters, like floods, storms and hurricanes, as well as other emergencies affecting the public health, such as disease outbreaks. In Alexandria, the health department frequently calls on MRC volunteers to assist in community outreach events or immunization clinics.

After completing an orientation, volunteers decide how much time and what help they want to give.

Join the team today!

Alexandria MRC Group


Training is an important part of how we prepare our MRC volunteers. The training plan for Alexandria MRC members was developed based on the expected core competencies of all MRC volunteers, as well as federal and regional requirements. 

Some training sessions, such as the MRC Volunteer Orientation, are offered in-class only; however, many training sessions can be completed online.  Sample courses include:


  • MRC Orientation
  • Access & Functional Needs Training 
  • Psychological First Aid 
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR
  • Epidemiological Interviewing
  • Vector Borne Illnesses 
  • Shelter Fundamentals
  • Incident Command System courses 


  • Basic ICS courses, IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, IS-800 
  • IS-242 Effective Communication
  • Introduction to Mental Health Preparedness
  • VDH's Role in Emergency Response
  • VDH: An Introduction to Isolation and Quarantine 
  • Volunteers should create (or update) a TRAIN account to track training completed.

All volunteers must first attend the Alexandria MRC Orientation before participating in any other MRC-sponsored training sessions and/or volunteer opportunities. 

If you would like to register for an in-class training or complete a course online but require assistance, please contact MRC Coordinator by telephone at 703.746.4978 or via email at mrc@alexandriava.gov.  

More information regarding the MRC Core Competencies may be found within the Alexandria MRC Member Handbook.


Sometimes, the Health Department uses contractors and interns to fulfill needs on a temporary basis. 

  • Contractors are hired through eVA.
  • Intern and practicum requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Human Resources and a supervisor. Call 703.746.4902 for more information. Many schools will require that an agreement be in place before an intern can start.

We will conduct a background check on all interns, volunteers and contractors prior to starting.

Contact Us 

If you have any questions, contact our MRC Coordinator:

4480 King Street, 4th Floor, Alexandria, VA 22302

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