Join the Maryland
Professional Volunteer Corps
Can we count on you when a disaster
strikes, an emergency is declared or a public health event is
planned? The Maryland Professional Volunteer Corps is made up of
health care and community professionals willing to respond to
disasters and emergencies and assist with health promotion
The MPVC is the state of Maryland’s Medical Reserve Corps,
providing a critical resource to the residents of Maryland. A
pre-registered volunteer is more valuable in a response
situation as credentials and licensure statuses have already
been checked. This allows for a more effective volunteer
What can they do?
Volunteers are asked to practice within the scope of their
How is an MPVC volunteer protected?
Volunteers called out by the MPVC are provided state of Maryland
worker’s compensation and liability coverage.
Why do they volunteer?
Volunteers are motivated by a sense of patriotism, the desire to
give back, to learn new skills or enhance or extend their
A decision to register does not
require or imply 24 hour availability; volunteers can choose to
respond to an incident based on their availability at the time
of the callout.
Deployment notifications and general
communication with volunteers are distributed through a
web-based volunteer management system---MDResponds.
Training is provided through various
means: on-site, web-based and through involvement in emergency
Volunteers are provided an emergency
response picture ID badge that recognizes them as a registered
Volunteers have deployed to the
areas affected by Katrina, provided support during inauguration
activities, dispensed vaccines at flu clinics and answered H1N1
“hot line” phone lines. MPVC volunteers are represented by
nearly 20 health professions and include non-health care
professionals that provide critical non-medical support. To
register, go to
For more information on the MPVC, go