What MRC Volunteers Do

No Cape Required

Local Heroes help the Tarrant County community in a variety of ways. From emergency response to community events, our volunteers are there to help in any way they can.

Emergency Response

In the event of a large-scale public health emergency requiring mass prophylaxis, thousands of volunteers will be needed to assist public health officials with the set-up and operation of Point of Dispensing (POD) to rapidly dispense medication to the community.

Volunteers will also be needed to provide “personnel surge capacity” to public health and other response organizations when emergency response needs exceed existing staffing capabilities.

Disease Outbreaks:

During a disease outbreak (e.g. H1N1, West Nile Virus, measles, etc.), volunteers are needed to assist public health officials with response efforts such as:

  • Conducting “contact” investigations
  • Staffing vaccination / medication clinics
  • Community outreach, education and call center operations

In some cases, public health staff may be reassigned to other roles, in which case volunteers are needed to fill staffing gaps to assist in maintaining day-to-day operations.

Community Events:

Whether you have five minutes or five hours, you can help your community. TCMRC volunteers are needed throughout the year to assist with a variety of non-emergency community events that support public health initiatives and promote health and wellness in the community.

Whether it’s assisting with MRC recruitment and training activities, distributing educational materials at health and wellness fairs, staffing a first aid station at a run / walk, helping with language translation or back-to-school immunization events, you can make a difference in the community.

First Response Teams:

First Response Teams are comprised of volunteers who want to become more involved and have more time to devote to volunteering. These volunteers are able to respond on relatively short notice (typically within 8 – 12 hours).

Some teams (e.g. Epidemiology Support and Volunteer Coordinator) require members to complete additional specialized training to equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to serve in the assigned role.

  • Call Center Operations
  • Community Outreach
  • Epidemiology Support
  • Translator (written / verbal)

On-going Opportunities:

Occasionally we need volunteers to assist with public health and other community projects such as back-to-school immunization clinics, mobile food pantry efforts and providing staff support to TCPH departments during peak periods and / or staffing shortages.

These ongoing opportunities typically require numerous volunteers over an extended period of time. Although these opportunities can range in duration from 2 weeks to 3 months, volunteers are not required to commit to volunteering for the entire duration of a project and can assist as their schedule permits.