To the Virginia Tech community,

I greatly appreciate all of your hard work in fighting the spread of COVID-19. In true Hokie fashion, members of our community are using their unique talents and skills to make a difference and help others.

I want to make you aware of another opportunity to help. Governor Ralph Northam is calling for an additional 30,000 medical and nonmedical volunteers to support the surge in our hospitals, long-term care facilities, and alternate care sites by joining the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).

The Virginia Medical Reserve Corps is a force of dedicated individuals who stand ready to support the community in the event of a public health emergency. Signing up to serve with the Medical Reserve Corps is a great opportunity for health care majors and other students interested in helping their fellow Virginians. Medical experience is recommended but not required. There are many opportunities for everyone. 

To become a Virginia Medical Reserve Corps volunteer, please visit Virginia Volunteer Health System. If you have any questions, please contact

You’ve already done outstanding work in taking unprecedented steps to protect our university community while maintaining the integrity of our education and research mission. I know it hasn’t been easy, and challenging times are ahead for the commonwealth. If you have the capacity to do so, the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps is a good opportunity to demonstrate our spirit of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) by helping our fellow Virginians. Thank you for your consideration.


Tim Sands,


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