SERV and MRC Volunteer Programs
The Arkansas Department of Health is recruiting volunteers who can help with statewide emergency response activities. Our immediate need is for the COVID-19 response, to include current and future vaccination efforts. If you have a background as a health care provider or nurse, your experience can be matched with a relevant volunteer opportunity. Volunteers are also needed in non-medical roles, so please consider volunteering regardless of your previous experience. Follow the instructions below to register, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
System of Emergency Response Volunteers (SERV)
System of Emergency Response Volunteers (SERV) is a registry system to preregister and credential volunteers prior to their deployment response to a natural or man-made disaster, public health outreach campaign or emergency.
AR SERV is administered by the Arkansas Department of Health, Preparedness and Response Branch. AR SERV works to recruit, train, manage, and deploy volunteers (medical and non-medical) to assist during emergencies and day to day activities by providing additional staff to meet health/medical surge, population monitoring, public health outreach, or family reunification needs.
Please consider the following prior to making the decision to serve:
- Your information will be kept secure and shared only with approved ADH personnel, volunteer program affiliates, and emergency management officials during a disaster response and during non-emergency public health events and activities.
- When your services are requested for disaster response, you will be given as many details as possible about your role and responsibilities as well as situational or "Just in Time" training.
As a volunteer, you have the right to say "yes" or "no" to any requests for your services.
- As a volunteer, you have the right to decide how far you are willing to travel and how long you are willing to serve.
- You may be asked to volunteer for public health outreach activities such as mass flu clinics, Zika-related educational interventions, or call center staffing, etc.
Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)-Arkansas
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of locally grouped volunteers, organized to improve and sustain the public health and safety of their communities through collaborative partnerships with local health units and offices of emergency management. The Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) program, established in 2002, is a volunteer based coordination that identifies, trains, and organizes medical and public health professionals, as well as lay volunteers (non-medical) to supplement and support on-going emergency responses, critical medical personnel issues, and public health outreach within the state. MRCs are made up of diverse and collective groups of people who are compassionate about the wellbeing of others, those close to them and their communities. To volunteer with MRC shows a willingness to harness an internal passion to serve in a role to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies as well as to promote healthy living in their communities.
Arkansas has been and can be hit by natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods, and ice storms, as well as impacted by hurricane or public health outbreak evacuees. MRCs have provided valuable support to communities during such events. The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) coordinates this effort and is available to provide guidance on the establishment of units, sustainability tools, and applicable training to interested persons.
MRC Unit members are registered in SERV, the Arkansas Department of Health’s volunteer registry.
If you are interested in forming or joining a MRC Unit please locate your nearest MRC Unit and review the unit registration requirements via Medical Reserve Corps then contact the Volunteer Program Manager.
To complete registration, please fill out the registration paperwork
- Review the SERV and MRC information and determine your interest and commitment level.
- Complete the registration paperwork
- Email completed PDF to email@example.com
- Connect with the volunteer program manager or unit leader.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are the benefits of volunteering in public health?
Your talents or work experiences will be highly appreciated. Training for public health impacts or local emergencies or disasters will provide an additional resource in community resiliency efforts.
Is there training provided?
Yes, ADH offers emergency preparedness and response mission or task specific training to an ADH Volunteer.
What can I do in an ADH volunteer role?
The following jobs or activities are some of the diverse roles in which you as a unit member or SERV volunteer can best fill:
- Community Event Support
- Planning, Logistical & Administrative Support
- Child Care Assistance
- Community Outreach
- First Aid at Large Public Events
- Veterinary Support & Pet Preparedness
- Ambassadors to Underserved or Vulnerable Citizens
- Medical Consultants
- Health Education and Promotion
- Emergency Shelter Support
- Youth Engagement
- Radiological Emergency Response (Population Monitoring)
Volunteer Program Contact Information:
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