ELIZABETH – The Union County Medical Reserve Corps, a group of trained volunteers who help the county’s public health professionals during times of emergency, pitched in to help relief efforts following the January earthquake in Haiti.
Participating in an initiative led by the United Way and supported by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, the corps helped collect medical supplies, non-perishable food items and clothing to send to the impoverished country. Through the help and support of their employers, volunteers brought in donations of medical supplies and orthopedic supplies as well as suturing materials from Dr. Ralph Sweeney, Dr. Peter Mlynarszyk and Dr. David Befeler of Westfield.
The county recently opened a multi-agency resource center in the lower level of Union County College’s Sidney Lessner Building at 12 West Jersey Street. It will serve as a hub for on-site referrals and support services provided by both public and nongovernmental agencies for the large Haitian population in the area. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Union County Medical Reserve Corps is continuously looking for new recruits. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. No medical background is required. Retired or active nurses, doctors, pharmacists, veterinarians, patient records specialists, mental health professionals, interpreters, health educators and epidemiologists are highly encouraged to join.
For more information, contact Ella Shaykevich, UC Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator at 1-908-518-5631 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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