Adrienne Byrne-Lutz, MS
1900 E. 9th St.
Wichita, KS 67214
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Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and self-pay based on a sliding scale accepted as forms of payment for services rendered.
Why should I become an MRC volunteer?
Volunteers are the
very heart of the MRC. Communities benefit exponentially from MRC
volunteers who are ready to respond for many reasons, but some
volunteer for the MRC because:
By being an MRC volunteer, you become
recognized as a credentialed volunteer.
Volunteers also help the public throughout the year by augmenting existing public health efforts or providing emergency backup that
would not otherwise be available.
It is personally fulfilling and
satisfying to belong to a group of persons who have a strong sense of mission
Do I have to
live in Sedgwick County to be a volunteer?
No, you do not have to reside in Sedgwick County.
Are there any fees or
costs to volunteer?
No. There are no fees, dues or other mandated
costs to be a MRC volunteer. You will be provided uniform shirts and hat
among miscellaneous other supplies.
Who volunteers for the
The MRC program seeks volunteers with
various training and skill sets to assist with emergency preparedness and
response efforts. Volunteers in the MRC program include:
Practicing, retired or otherwise
employed medial professionals, such as doctors, nurses, emergency medical
technicians, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, behavioral health, nursing
assistants, phlebotomists, medication aids, and others
Practicing, retired or otherwise employed
public health professionals such as nurses, physicians, educators,
epidemiologists, investigators, and others.
Community members such as retirees,
parents, translators, educators, clergy, college
students, managers, clerks, general laborers, military personnel and others.
Do I have to be a U.S.
citizen to volunteer?
No. United States citizenship is not required to
be part of the MRC. Both citizens and non-citizens, legal U.S. residents who are
over the age of 18, who do not hold specific felony convictions are welcome to
Do I need medical
skills to volunteer for the MRC?
No. The MRC program seeks non-medical volunteers to fulfill other important needs such
as translation, computer assistance, clerical support, health education,
stocking supplies, managing clinic flow, etc.
Will being an MRC
volunteer interfere with my regular job and/or can I be a volunteer for more
than one organization?
Volunteering for non-emergency
activities should not conflict with your regular employment or other mandatory
obligations to another volunteer organization.
During a public health emergency,
you may be needed during times that you would normally be at work; or,
if you are a member of another volunteer organization, they also may request your response. You should discuss this possibility with your
employer/organization and understand their policy and procedure regarding
As a MRC volunteer, what
happens if I am not available when called upon?
MRC volunteers do not have to be available at all times. Some
volunteers may only be interested in making a minimal commitment during times of
crisis or for other specific community needs or events. These preferences
What kind of training
will volunteers receive?
In most cases, training as an MRC volunteer
focuses primarily on learning local emergency and health procedures, use of
specialized equipment, incident command system, blood borne pathogen, CPR, and
other training to enhance volunteer effectiveness and self-preparedness.
All volunteers without a current
license to practice in the healing arts will need to obtain training and
certification in first aid from a nationally recognized provider (such as the
Red Cross, the American Heart Association, etc.) This training/certification
is for liability purposes.
Does MRC participate in
events or activities where there isn't an emergency?
Yes. MRC volunteers strengthen the
overall health of their community by participating in general public health
initiatives such as flu vaccination clinics, fostering disaster preparedness,
and providing various health education and free Blood Pressure checks at health
fairs. Volunteers also participate in exercises, training and active
What will I be doing during a public health emergency?
During a public health
emergency, MRC volunteers will help staff an emergency vaccination or
pharmaceutical distribution clinic. Some functions will include mass
vaccination or distribution of pharmaceuticals to the public, medical screening,
patient education sessions, directing client flow, registering clients, data
entry, stocking supplies, running supplies, management of traffic flow, respite
How many hours will I
During a public health emergency,
hours will depend on the magnitude of the situation and the need. This will also depend on how many hours the clinic may
operate in a 24-hour period. Shifts will be scheduled for all clinic workers
MRC members are asked to
volunteer in at least one non-emergency activity each year.
Will I be paid for my
volunteers are not paid. Volunteers willingly give their time for the benefit
of others. In the event of a public health
emergency, activated MRC volunteers and their immediate family members will
receive emergency prophylaxis.
Are tax credits
possible for volunteering with the Medical Reserve Corps?
Yes. Volunteers in the United
States may receive tax deductions from the federal government on many costs
associated with volunteering, such as mileage, parking fees, and other
expenses. Uniforms and various other items are tax deductible if the volunteer
purchases his/her own. These deductions apply only if you are not receiving
reimbursement for expenses and are filing an itemized tax form (not the
1040EZ). When volunteers drive their personal vehicles to carry out
volunteer duties, including to and from trips to their volunteer service, the
IRS permits a deduction of 14 cents per mile (IR-2006-168). MRC volunteers
who want a tax deduction should keep a detailed written record of mileage for
the performance their volunteer duties.
liability for MRC volunteers?
Sedgwick County is a governmental entity under which the
Kansas Tort Claims Act may afford MRC volunteers liability coverage for tort
claims resulting from the scope of their work as MRC volunteers. There are
other provisions under state and federal law, including the Kansas Emergency
Preparedness for Disasters Act (K.S.A. 48-904 et seq.) and the Public Readiness
and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act), which may apply in very specific
instances to provide MRC volunteers with immunity.
I am interested in
becoming a MRC volunteer. What do I do first?
The first step in becoming an MRC
volunteer is to complete the MRC volunteer application. The application can be
submitted online by clicking on
Alternatively, you also may print, complete and your application.
Once the application is received,
a short interview will be conducted and specifics will be verified.
How do I contact my
Sedgwick County Medical Reserve
1530 S. Oliver, Suite 270
Wichita, Kansas 67218
Mission: To assure quality public services that provide for the present and future well-being of the citizens of Sedgwick County.
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