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The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a community-based, civilian, volunteer program that helps build the public health infrastructure of communities nationwide. Each MRC unit is organized and trained to address a wide range of challenges from public health education to disaster response. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare background. MRC units engage these volunteers to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabilities, and build community resilience.

Brookline MRC members are trained and prepared to respond as a team to local emergencies, and to provide education, outreach, and various public health services throughout the year. Brookline MRC members may volunteer as much or as litlle time as they would like. Educational trainings are conducted throughout the year, and all MRC members are encouraged to attend. Many training opportunities offer Continuing Education Units (CEU's) for participants. Joining the Brookline MRC gives volunteers an opportunity to work with and get to know other Brookline residents, and to gain valuable skills in emergency response and public health.


Brookline MRC volunteers may be called upon to assist with natural disasters (hurricanes, winter storms), terrorism, bioterrorism, or infectious disease outbreaks.

Brookline MRC volunteers may be asked to:
  • Deliver medical care (within level of expertise)
  • Dispense medication
  • Provide language and interpretation services
  • Offer administrative support
  • Greet residents
  • Health promotion
  • Flu clinics (medical and non-medical assistance)
  • Health education
  • Community health initiatives
  • Health fairs