WOOD RIVER — Local volunteers are encouraged to celebrate the power of volunteerism April 10-16 during National Volunteer Week.
National Volunteer Week, a program established by Points of Light in 1974, is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.
Become a volunteer
Madison County Health Department is offering residents an opportunity to get involved by becoming a volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). On April 11, the health department will host a volunteer orientation training 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, at the Madison County Health Department, 101 E. Edwardsville Road, Wood River. There is an opportunity for everyone to help, and no medical experience is necessary. The department is seeking people age 18 and older with a variety of backgrounds and interests to join the corps to provide help during a public health emergency in Madison County. Volunteers will learn about the MRC, Public Health 101, Incident Command System, Strategic National Stockpile and Family Preparedness. To attend, contact Madison County Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Coordinator Cathy Paone at (618) 296-6096 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Advanced registration is required to attend the training. Seating is limited. Registration deadline is Monday, April 4.
“While we are so very grateful and want to thank our existing volunteers, we must, also, continue to recruit additional volunteers in order to be able to serve our entire county during a public health disaster,” said Debra Tscheschlok, public health emergency response coordinator and MRC unit leader.
Madison County MRC is part of the Gateway Volunteer Network in Illinois and Missouri. It is a collaborative effort to bring people volunteering for public health emergencies together into one group to increase communication and build a stronger network of volunteers to increase emergency response capability. Visit www.facebook.com/gatewayvolunteernetwork for more information and click on the Learn More Save Lives tab to sign up for information about volunteer opportunities.
To learn more about the Madison County Medical Reserve Corps, visit www.madisonchd.org and click on the MRC tab.