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The MRC volunteer team has grown from 16 in February to 255 with four volunteers in leadership roles: 
  1. Laura Jones, lead volunteer for the Wise Owl Team
  2. Yerbis Escallona, lead volunteer for our Office Team
  3. Megan Melo, lead volunteer for UNI-te (Universtiy Team)
  4. Shelby Brooks, lead volunteer for YES (Youth Engagement Services)

Meet your fearless leader, Tim St. Peter

While this is the first time I had worked with MRC, I have had previous volunteer and disaster experience.  I  have worked with the Red Cross at chapters in Fort Worth, Beaumont and Corpus Christi to help increase the volunteer base for disaster response. 

I have been Program Administrator for the FEMA Crisis Counseling Program where we worked with families along the Texas gulf coast to address mental health issues related to hurricanes, tropical storms and the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy. Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, I moved to Austin to work with the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management in Public & Individual Assistance.

Before coming to WCCHD, I worked with Lutheran Disaster Response during the Bastrop fires and, most recently, with Catholic Charities.

MRC Williamson County Groups

We have started the MRC University Team or "MRC UNI-te” focused on recruiting undergraduate and graduate students in Williamson County and empowering them to create new MRC projects that they care about as well as volunteer in other MRC projects
The VECTOR Team prepares and distributes materials to areas where the mosquito population has been tested positive for West Nile Virus. These volunteers also have an opportunity to learn about how our staff sets traps, collects specimens and prepares them for testing.  Volunteers set up an information table at parks located within the areas where positive tests have been identified to get the message out so that families can be aware and follow the needed precautions.
The Medical Reserve Corps has historically had active youth engagement to teach and mentor children and adolescents about what public health. There has never been a better time than now to initiate a Youth Engagement/MRC Mentor program in Williamson County. We are planning to initiate partnerships with high school pre-health organizations, such as HOSA and MRC, to mentor and lead students in local public health initiatives and projects.
The Wise Owls Project, which is an elderly outreach project, is a combined effort between the Williamson County MRC and a new non-profit, The Wise Owls Initiative. It has provided much needed services to the elderly in our community.  Our goal is to help to reduce the negative effects of isolation and loneliness among the elderly population via engagement through volunteers.  

For more information about Wise Owls, visit https://www.wiseowlsinitiative.org/
Check out this video from Williamson County about Laura Jones and her team with the Wise Owl.
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