MLK Day of Service 2022

Join us on Monday, January 17. An Individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Online registration is closed, but we are still accepting drop ins for our projects.

What better way to get to know our neighbors then changing the world together.

Here is some important information you should know prior to your arrival:

-If you are not feeling well, please stay home
-All volunteers are required to wear a face mask that covers their noses and mouth. (KN95 or double-masked)
-Each volunteer must show proof of vaccination at registration.Please note that vaccination is defined as a person over the age of 12 receiving at least 2 doses. (Children 5 and above need at least one vaccine dose to attend. Volunteers will be unable to move past registration the day of without providing this proof.)
-All volunteers must check in at our registration tables in the theater prior to going to their program
-Though we volunteer out of the goodness of our hearts, don’t forget to pick up some free swag for your efforts.

Afya (Medical Supply Packaging)

Medical for All!

Afya provides an environmentally-sensitive, community-oriented solution to help address the critical shortage of medical supplies in underserved communities around the world. You too can be part of the solution, by joining other community volunteers  in preparing hundreds of pounds of products to be shipped.

Address: Riverdale Y, 5625 Arlington Avenue Bronx, NY 10471

FULL: Supply Packing (Shift I) – 75 volunteers work to package 5,400 lbs

  • Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Location: The Riverdale Y Multipurpose Room
  • Good for: Families and boomers

Supply Packing (Shift II) – 75 volunteers work to package 5,400 lbs 

  • Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Location: The Riverdale Y
  • Good for: Families and boomers

Training Videos:

  • Overview of Sorting Process:
  • Checking for Expiration Dates:
  • Sorting Like Items:
  • Counting, Bagging and Labeling:

Amalgamated (NORC) Intergenerational Project

Amalgamated Community, a diverse middle class community that houses a NORC will participate.

Amalgamated Coop, a community in existence since the 1920s, will share its collective history between cooperators and volunteers, in order to learn lessons from the past, and move into the brighter future. The goal is to involve the NORC cooperators and the local elementary school to learn about each other.

NORC Shared Experiences:


It is a small and powerful action showing U.S. troops they are remembered and cared for.

The Institute is committed to supporting U.S. troops stationed overseas and domestically. It seeks to increase awareness of the sacrifices our service people make on our behalf each and every day through education and community engagement. Volunteers will prepare care packages and letters to U.S. troops currently in deployment.

FULL: Set Up: 10 Volunteers

  • Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Age Range: 4 – 99
  • Good for: Families and Older Adults

FULL: – Care Packages: 50 Volunteers

  • Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Good for: Families and Older Adults

Keeping You Safe

  • Proof of Vaccination will be checked before starting your volunteer shift
  • All participants will need to be masked. One mask if it’s a K95, or two masks if all other types of masks
  • All projects will be in large open spaces to accommodating social distancing as best as possible
  • If you’re not feeling well, please do not come in

Contact Us

For more information, questions or comments please contact Director of Volunteer Services Alexandra at

General Assistance

In order for this event to happen, we need volunteers for general assistance.

Set Up: 10 volunteers needed from 8:00 am to 10:00 am.

FULL: Registration: 4 volunteers needed for registration from 8:30 am to 11:00 am and from 11:00 am – 2:30 pm.

Traffic Control: 4 volunteers needed from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Break Down/Clean Up: 10 volunteers needed for break down and clean up from 4:00 pm to 5.30 pm


MLK Day Virtual Event

Building a better world takes real action combined with learning.

On MLK Day weekend, join UJA and scholars from Ammud: The Jews of Color Torah Academy and the Shalom Hartman Institute for an evening of learning to explore when we have felt at home, when we haven’t, and what it will take for everyone in America to feel like they belong.

Through Jewish texts, writings by Martin Luther King, Jr., and conversations with thought leaders, we’ll study how traditional and modern teachings help inform and enlighten the contemporary struggle for racial justice and universal belonging. Together, we’ll help build a better world for all.

Rise Against Hunger (Food Packaging)

“Rise” up early to do your part in combating world hunger.

Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief non-profit organization that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food and other life-changing aid to people in developing nations. Join us as the Riverdale Y seeks to package over 15,000 meals, with your help!

FULL: Set Up – 10 strong volunteers to unload the truck and set up workstations

  • Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
  • Location: The Riverdale Y Gymnasium
  • Good for: Fit bodies who can lift up to 50lbs

FULL: Meal Packing (shift 1) – 65 volunteers work in assembly lines to package 15,000 meals

  • Time: 10:15 am – 11:15 am
  • Location: The Riverdale Y Gymnasium
  • Good for: Families and boomers

FULL: Meal Packing (shift 2) – 65 volunteers work in assembly lines to package 15,000 meals

  • Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Location: The Riverdale Y Gymnasium
  • Good for: Families and boomers

FULL: Pack Up – 10 strong volunteers to clear the gym and pack the truck

  • Time: 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm
  • Location: The Riverdale Y gymnasium
  • Good for: Fit bodies who can lift up to 50lb


American Red Cross

American Red Cross babysitting and child care courses can help you provide quality care to children of all ages.

The American Red Cross is the nation’s leader in babysitting classes and child care training – and will prepare you to become one of the most capable, trusted and in-demand sitters in your neighborhood.

FULL: Babysitting/Child Care Training: 20 Volunteers

  • Date: January 16, 2022
  • Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Riverdale Y, Room 1 & 2
  • Age Range: 11+

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