The town is looking for people interested in volunteering with Brookline’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). There is no set training; members choose to attend as many or as few of the workshops that are offered. Nor is there any set commitment. Some members ask to be contacted in an emergency only; others volunteer at scheduled events.
Although we have more than 270 volunteers currently, we are always looking for new volunteers, both medical and non-medical. We hope that you might come hear more about this on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, with refreshments at 6:15 p.m., and then an informal information session 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., at the Brookline Health Department, 11 Pierce Street (next to the Town Hall parking lot).
Workshops are run in the early evening and cover an ever-changing variety of topics, from emergency preparedness, to working with animals in a disaster, public health initiatives, as well as First Aid and CPR. Many workshops carry nursing, social work and EMT continuing education credits.
Over the last year, MRC volunteers have been recruited to help with vaccination clinics in the fall and helped staff reception centers on Beacon Street for runners and spectators during this year’s Boston Marathon. Volunteers have also helped with disasters outside Brookline, including helping Hurricane Katrina evacuees at Camp Edwards and those sheltering from storm damage in the Springfield area.