Einstein MLK Service Challenge!

January 17 - 23, 2022

Albert Einstein College of Medicine will join organizations nationwide by honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through community service work. Now more than ever we recognize the importance of shared community and look forward to sharing our time energy, and spirit with those around us in need.

Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service, to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

This year Einstein is offering opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to serve the Bronx community throughout the week of January 17, 2022.

Einstein employees - human resources will allow two hours of paid time off to participate in a service opportunity that week, whether through Einstein or another volunteer organization of the individual's own choosing. Please coordinate this time with your supervisor.

“While you can volunteer throughout the week for as many hours as you wish, we're happy to provide employees with two hours of paid time toward their goodwill efforts,” said Yvonne Ramirez, vice president of human resources. “We know that members of the Einstein community will show their hearts as they so often do.”

Please keep in mind that, because of COVID-19, each volunteer site will have their own safety requirements. Please contact the volunteer site directly to learn about their policies related to COVID-19.

The deadline to register for the Einstein-offered activities is Friday, January 7, 2022.

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Service Challenge!

Log your hours by January 23, 2022, to participate in our service challenge.

The individuals and the departments that complete the most service hours from January 18 to 24, 2022 will receive a prize!

You may engage in volunteer opportunities outside of Einstein's offerings as well. You can find more volunteer opportunities on the AmeriCorps website.

Log your hours by January 23, 2022

Service Reflection

On Tuesday, January 25, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. EST, we will also host a virtual “reflection” Zoom so that members of our Einstein community can share their service experiences with one another.

Zoom ID: 924 5557 0086
Zoom Link: https://einsteinmed.zoom.us/j/92455570086

Einstein MLK Service Opportunities

Opportunity 1: Project BRAVO Food Pantry

Organization Served: Project BRAVO of Montefiore Medical Center

Location: 3058 Bainbridge Ave, Bronx, NY 10467

Dates: Wednesday, January 19

Time: 9:30 am to noon

Service Opportunity Description: At Project BRAVO, volunteers will have the opportunity to help organize and shelve food items, package groceries, distribute packaged meals, groceries, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to community members, and conduct health screenings with community members.

Organization Description: A product of Montefiore Health System's mission to care for every body and the whole body, Project BRAVO Food Pantry is a community-based, hospital-driven initiative designed to combat food insecurity for high-risk individuals and families. Our Bronx home, one of the poorest congressional districts in the nation, is a “food desert” where residents lack access to healthy food—or any food at all — For those facing the highest levels of poverty. Our services include nutrition support as well as provision of pre-made meals, shelf-stable goods, fresh produce, household and baby supplies, and more. Project BRAVO works directly with our Montefiore Medical Group clinics and collaborates with local non-profits including FeedNYC, Food Bank for New York City, and Hunger Free America in tandem with generous philanthropic leaders. Learn more: Engage NYC

Opportunity 2: Interdisciplinary Health Care Project Presentations by HERO High Students

Organization Served: HERO High School

Date: Friday, January 14

Time: 11:45 am to 2:15 pm

Location: HERO High School - The Samuel Gompers Campus, 455 Southern Blvd., Bronx NY 10455 (Please enter from the north entrance on Tinton Ave.)

Service Opportunity Description: Please join us as 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students present their research and action plans on managing chronic diseases and addressing public health issues in the Bronx. Visitors should expect to listen to student presentations, provide authentic feedback reflective of your area of expertise, and help to facilitate virtual roundtable discussions. Interdisciplinary projects are a key part of the academic program at HERO High.

The participation of caring adults with expertise in health-care and education will make this a powerful learning experience for all. Given all that our students have been through this year, your participation is more appreciated than ever.

Organization Description: HERO High School is an early college, Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH) with grades 9 through 14 (grades 13 and14 include coursework at Hostos Community College towards an associate's degree in nursing or community health). As part of their education, students come to Montefiore to participate in a variety of work-based learning activities and workshops that align with the school's Healthcare Careers Curriculum and the needs of the modern healthcare workforce. Learn more: NYC Schools

Note: Although this opportunity is outside of MLK Service Week (January 17 - 23, 2022), you may log the hours served during this opportunity.

Opportunity 3: FJAM Bronx Grocery Delivery

Organization Served: Einstein Food Justice and Medicine

Date: Monday, January 17

Time: 10:00 am to noon

Location: Front of Belfer Building (1300 Morris Park Ave, Bronx, NY 10461) Delivery addresses will be provided.

Service Opportunity Description: Volunteers making deliveries will meet on campus in front of the Belfer building to collect groceries and depart for deliveries. Groceries will be packaged for specific community members. Transportation will not be provided. You can register for Zipcar here. Please note that delivering the groceries may take 1.5 to 3 hours.

Organization Description: Food Justice and Medicine (FJAM) is an Einstein Community Based Service Learning group aimed at addressing food insecurity in the Bronx. Injustice and systemic barriers in our food system impact our patients' long-term health. FJAM's aim is to promote food sovereignty in our community by educating the student body on the importance of healthy food access for disease prevention, volunteering in the community to address patients' food needs, and seeking policy interventions that aim to improve healthy food access.

Opportunity 4: Grocery Give Away

Organization Served: The Bronx Community Foundation

Date: Thursday, January 20


  • noon to 3:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Location: Einstein Campus 1300 Morris Park Ave, Bronx, NY 10461

Service Opportunity Description: Volunteers will help distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) and food items (non-perishables and fresh produce) to community members of the Bronx. Please wear your own PPE during this event and note that this service opportunity will take place outside. Please dress accordingly.

Organization Description: The Bronx Community Foundation works to build an equitable, inclusive, and just Bronx with a focus on being community-driven and working with place-based organizations to realize a resilient and prosperous Bronx. The Bronx Community Foundation addresses the needs and leverages the opportunities in the Bronx by cultivating community leadership and support focusing on four essential pillars: Community, Health, Economic Security, and Equity & Justice. The Bronx Community Relief Effort (BCRE), an initiative of the foundation, was born in the South Bronx immediately after the novel coronavirus hit New York City. The BCRE has a goal to raise $10 million to support effective, on-the-ground operations that are focused on meeting the most essential needs of the Bronx community. Learn More: The Bronx

Opportunity 5: Empowering Bronx Youth

Organization Served: Niño de la Caridad Foundation

Dates: January 18 - 21


  • 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

*You do not need to stay for the entire shift

Location: 578 East Fordham Road, Bronx NY 10458

Service Opportunity Description: Volunteers help organize clothing, call families, assist with homework, and offer support with youth workshops. Volunteers may also assist with a volunteer opportunity such as cleaning up a park or serving hot meals to families.

Organization Description: Niño de la Caridad Foundation is a non-profit organization which serves children in the Bronx Community. Founded by Dr. Denise Nuñez, its primary goal is to extend a helping hand to children. This foundation aims to provide a secure environment in which children are able to enhance their social skills as well as their academics. It is our mission to provide children with the skills and knowledge they need to lead a healthy and fulfilling future.

We look forward to your engagement and accomplishments in Dr. King's memory!

Please note our photo policy and the photo policy of any organization(s) with whom you volunteer.

  • Follow the photography policies and guidelines of the organization with whom you are volunteering
  • While taking photos, focus on yourself and other volunteers
  • Do not photograph individuals without their consent
  • Post your image(s) using #EinsteinMLKDay
  • Tag @diversityateinstein on Instagram

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