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Medical Reserve Corps Response by the Numbers 2020

​Volunteers working together and using their skills to help their communities

MRC drive through

In 2020, volunteers from the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) answered the call to action in communities across the US, staffing drive-through COVID-19 testing sites, helping with evacuations and sheltering during wildfires, hurricanes and tropical storms, and performing a wide variety of other invaluable services in response to emergencies that often strained resources beyond capacity.


Serving Across America

​800 MRC units
approximately 800 MRC units

MRC volunteers

new volunteers in 2020

approximate number of total volunteer hours in 2020




450+ units
engaged in COVID-19 response efforts

47 states
MRC responded in 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa

800,000+ volunteer hours
approximate number of volunteer hours dedicated to COVID-19 response activities

Missions include:
∙ Case investigations and contact tracing
∙ Medical surge
∙ Community screening
∙ Call center operations
∙ Community education and outreach
∙ Logistics
∙ Behavioral health
∙ Vaccine administration




15+ units
engaged in wildfire response efforts

7 states
MRC responded in 7 states

6,000+ volunteer hours
dedicated to wildfire response

Missions include:
∙ Evacuation and clean air sheltering
∙ Medical screening & care
∙ Veterinary care
∙ Logistics




15+ units
engaged in hurricane & tropical storm response efforts

10 states
MRC responded in 10 states

3,700+ volunteer hours
dedicated to hurricane & tropical storm response

Missions include:
∙ Evacuation
∙ Sheltering
∙ Medical screening & care
∙ Veterinary care
∙ Call center operations

Are you interested in helping your community become more resilient and prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and public health emergencies? Check out the Medical Reserve Corps website to find a local MRC unit near you.

Join MRC today!

  • This page last reviewed: January 28, 2021