By Nick Solari
The Boston Medical Reserve Corps (Boston MRC) is a community-based volunteer program that prepares for and may respond to emergencies to support the public health infrastructure of the City of Boston. Operating under the Office of Public Health Preparedness, members of the Boston MRC are organized and trained to address a wide range of challenges from disaster response to public health education.
So who volunteers for the Boston MRC? Our members are everyday people like Helen, Luis, Eric, Sophie, Erin, and Hannah who live, work, or go to school in the City of Boston. Boston MRC members from both the medical and nonmedical fields are leaders in their communities who donate their time and expertise in order to ensure that all Bostonians, especially the most vulnerable, are prepared and have access to the help they need during a public health emergency.
All of our Boston MRC members work to help address and reduce health disparities in the City of Boston. The Boston MRC Volunteer of the Month for June, Hannah Webb, truly embodies this mission as she works to provide people of all ages, cultures, and walks of life with access to health food in their own communities.
In addition to being a member of the Boston MRC, Hannah is a Volunteer Coordinator for Project Bread, a nonprofit organization that strives to alleviate and ultimately end hunger with a holistic set of programs and initiatives. One such event, Walk for Hunger, brings thousands of people to Boston each year to raise money for antihunger programs and to promote awareness about the face of hunger in our communities. As Volunteer Coordinator, Hannah helped recruit 2,000 medical and nonmedical volunteers for the Walk for Hunger on Sunday, May 5.
“The Walk for Hunger is a great opportunity to take action by supporting individuals working to alleviate hunger. Hunger is at an all-time high in Massachusetts, and our neighbors need our support,” said Hannah. In 2012, 40,000 Walkers raised $3.6 million dollars to fund community programs and innovative antihunger solutions.
Hannah joined the Boston MRC in August 2012 after earning her EMT-B license and will be starting a Master’s of Public Health degree program at Boston University this fall.
Thank you, Hannah, for your service and commitment to the Boston MRC!
Nick Solari is the unit coordinator for the Boston Medical Reserve Corps and is a program manager for the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission.