Einstein MLK Service Challenge!

January 18 - 24, 2021 

Albert Einstein College of Medicine will join colleges and universities nationwide by honoring Martin Luther King Jr. through 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 in-person and virtual opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to serve the Bronx community throughout the week of January 18, 2021.

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 keep in mind that, because of COVID-19, each site will be required to limit the number of volunteers on location at one time. Also, because we must notify sites in advance, the deadline to register for the Einstein-offered activities is Friday, January 8, 2021.

“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 sign up by Friday, January 8, 2021 for volunteer activities.

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Service Challenge!

Log your hours by January 24, 2021, to participate in our service challenge.

The individuals and the departments that complete the most service hours from January 18 to 24, 2021 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 24, 2021 

Service Reflection

On Tuesday, January 26, 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: 915 4036 5803
Zoom Link: https://einsteinmed.zoom.us/j/91540365803 

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 


  • January 20, 2021: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • January 20, 2021: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • January 22, 2021: noon to 2:00 p.m.
  • January 22, 2021: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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: January 22, 2021

Time: noon to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Virtual Zoom Meeting

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 

Opportunity 3: FJAM Bronx Grocery Delivery

Organization Served: Einstein Food Justice and Medicine 

Date: January 18, 2021 

Time: 10:00 a.m. 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. Feel free to visit Einstein Zipcar page for more information on Einstein’s Zipcar service. 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: PPE and Food Distribution

Organization Served: The Bronx Community Foundation 

Date: January 20, 2021 


  • noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • 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 

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

Email einstein-diversity@einsteinmed.org with any questions.

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