Dacula, GA   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 26-1280067


MRC GEM is a part of the USA Freedom Corps/Citizen Corps, created by the President in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. The MRC program is guided by the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). We help our health departments meet the needs of our communities when they exceed existing capacity and work with local emergency management to provide support as requested.

Our mission is to augment existing community health operations during large-scale emergencies, aid in response to pressing health care needs, and improve community emergency preparedness.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Mr. Sherwin Levinson

Director of Emergency Preparedness

Mr. Mark Reiswig

Main address

2700 Braselton Hwy Ste 10-193

Dacula, GA 30019 USA

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Subject area info

Medical support services

Public safety

Population served info

Children and youth


Ethnic and racial groups

People with disabilities

People with diseases and illnesses

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NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Other Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief N.E.C. (M99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Under the direction of our local Boards of Health and Emergency management, supporting: - ongoing COVID-19 response efforts - public disaster shelter operations - mass vaccination clinics - mass distribution of medications - any other needed support

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

emergency preparedness and response

We recruit volunteers with both medical and non-medical backgrounds, training them in the skills needed during health emergencies. The local health departments of the three counties we serve have a combined staff of under 500 people serving a population totalling close to one million. Many more people would be needed to augment existing staff during an event affecting even a small percentage of the population. MRC GEM's purpose is to provide the personnel to fill this gap.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


The Good Neighbor Award 2021

Good Samaritan Health Centers of Gwinnett

Community Resilience Award 2009

U.S. Surgeon General

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of hours of unpaid volunteer support to public health COVID-19 response

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

emergency preparedness and response

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We continued our regular recruitment and training programs in 2023. No support for major disaster responses/mass vaccination clinics were required in 2023, so our total volunteer hours were lower.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Promote a healthier, safer community and minimize the negative impact of disasters.

Recruit, vet, credential, and train volunteers to meet the anticipated needs of Public Health and Emergency Management.

We have nearly 1,300 volunteers ready to respond to local public health's needs.

We've provided over 17,000 hours of support to local public health's COVID response efforts.

In addition, we've provided thousands of hours of support in:
- hurricane shelters
- mass vaccination clinics
- exercises to practice and demonstrate capability to response to radiation disasters, chemical and biological attacks
as well as having trained hundreds of volunteers in CPR, AED, dealing with mass casualties.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mr. Sherwin Levinson

Sherwin Levinson is president of a consulting firm he founded over 40 years ago, specializing in telework, organizational auditing, and disaster planning. He has also been Executive Director of MRC GEM, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit all-volunteer Medical Reserve Corps, for over a decade. He and MRC GEM have worked closely with CDC personnel to develop CDC’s radiation response volunteers training. Sherwin first became involved in emergency management after his home and neighborhood were severely damaged by the 1998 DeKalb/Gwinnett tornado. Finding his city had no emergency response plan or personnel, he became the first emergency manager for the City of Berkeley Lake, GA, and has been involved in emergency management and response ever since. Sherwin is a native of Chicago and studied physics at MIT and the University of Chicago before achieving an MBA in math methods and computers, also at U of C. He became a Georgia Emergency Management Agency Certified Emergency Manager in 2017.

Director of Emergency Preparedness

Mark Reiswig

Mark Reiswig is the Emergency Preparedness Director for Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale County Health Departments, which serve over 1.1 people in the East Metro Atlanta area. He has been with the agency since 2006. He and his staff work to ensure that their communities are as prepared as possible to respond to the challenges presented by disease epidemics like Ebola or the Flu, natural disasters, terrorist events, and other emergencies. During his tenure, he has either coordinated or assisted with things such as hurricane response operations, flood response, Haiti earthquake medical refugee operations, H1N1 pandemic flu immunizations, nursing home evacuations, and planning for dispensing medication to all residents in as little as 36 hours.


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Sherwin Levinson

Sherwin Levinson

Judith Levinson

James Newell

Mark Reiswig

Gwinnett Newton Rockdale County Health Departments

Gerard Roets

Anthony Varamo

Roy Busby

Arnold Zwickel

Dr. Audrey Arona

Gwinnett Newton Rockdale County Health Departments

Pattricia Thumann

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/30/2023

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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/18/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.