Newton Medical Reserve Corps

For Current

Newton MRC Volunteers


  For Prospective Volunteers


Interested in learning more about the Newton MRC?

Please register online as a volunteer at and
contact if you have any questions.

Training Schedule

Click here for a copy of the Spring 2018 Newton MRC training schedule. To sign up for a training, go to

Public Health @ The Movies

Join us for a special showing of the documentary Influenza: 1918. Find out the lessons learned & engage in a Q&A with Newton Wellesley Hospital's Chief of Infectious Disease. Monday, April 2nd, 6:30pm. 345 Walnut St. Click here for more info.


MA Responds

MA Responds is the volunteer management database used by the Newton MRC and MRCs throughout the state.


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Community Connections Initiative

The Newton Health and Human Services Dept. is looking for engaged community members to assist in developing & implementing a new community outreach program. You do not need to be a MRC member to participate.


For more info, click here.


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Mission Statement

The Newton Medical Reserve Corps overarching goal is to support the mission and activities of the Newton Health & Human Services Department.

The mission of the Department of Health and Human Services is to protect, promote and sustain the health, harmony, and well-being of all Newton residents, in a culturally sensitive, customer-friendly manner. Our focus is on prevention.

We will endeavor to fulfill our mission by assessing community needs and by providing or promoting a wide range of health and human services programs to meet the needs of individuals and groups within the City, particularly of those who are most vulnerable.

About the MRC

The Newton Medical Reserve Corps is a group of medical and non-medical volunteers who help the Health & Human Services Department during emergencies and at public health activities throughout the year. It was officially established and recognized by the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office in 2006. The unit includes approximately 100 volunteers from a variety of backgrounds including nursing, medicine, pharmacy, public health, and those who aren’t in the medical profession. Some volunteers are retired while others are working professionals. Newton collaborates with other health departments in its emergency preparedness region, Region 4b, on MRC activities including training and response.

Newton MRC volunteers were an integral part of the Department’s H1N1 flu vaccination response, and have previously been involved at ice storm shelters, a water distribution site, health fairs, seasonal flu vaccination clinics, and blood pressure clinics. New members are currently being recruited. Membership is limited to adults, but interested high school students are encouraged to contact the MRC coordinator for future possibilities.


Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers assist local public health to promote healthy living and prepare for and respond to emergencies. Volunteers bring a range of skills to the MRC and need not have a medical background.

Doctors, interpreters, nurses, clergy, pharmacists, IT specialists, veterinarians, retirees, dentists, social workers, childcare workers, mental health counselors, and non-medical volunteers are needed.

How to Join

Interested volunteers can apply online. Visit to fill out an online application.

For more information, contact the Newton MRC Coordinator:
Elizabeth Grella, MSW
Programs Assistant
City of Newton, Department of Health & Human Services
(617) 796-1420(617) 796-1420

See also: Emergency Preparedness

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