July 15, 2024

A call for volunteers for the Virginia Medical Reserve

Dear faculty, staff, and students:

On behalf of Governor Northam, I am writing today to encourage you to consider volunteering for one of the worthiest causes in our society at this time:  fighting the COVID-19 virus. The Governor is looking for an additional 30,000 medical and non-medical volunteers to provide support for the immediate surge in our hospitals, long term care facilities and alternate care sites. These volunteers would become a part of the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).

The MRC is a force of dedicated volunteers who stand ready to support Virginia communities in the event of a public health emergency. Signing up to help in this life-saving venture is a great opportunity for health care majors and other students interested in doing their part to assist fellow Virginians, and to fulfill UMW’s commitment to service. Medical experience is recommended but not required. There are many opportunities for everyone.

To sign up as a Virginia Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer, please visit Virginia Volunteer Health System(http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/mrc/). If you have any questions, please contact vamrc@vdh.virginia.gov.

As we approach the end of this challenging semester, I am reminded yet again of your resilience as we have been striving to provide you the best education possible during this unsettling time. I know it has not been easy, but our UMW family is strong. As is our Commonwealth. Let’s continue to work together to keep us moving forward.



Troy Paino