MLK Day of Service

In honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK), we encourage all members of the CUIMC community to use this day and give back. Please join us and others across our city and nation as we take time to invest where it matters the most. Learn more about the MLK Day of Service and how you may participate where you are. 

Read a recap of the 2022 efforts here and see below for an opportunity this year and links to local organizations that serve the community.


Food Pantry

The Holyrood Church Food Fest Ministry will be hosting volunteers on MLK Day to support their pantry. The pantry provides free prepared meals for our neighbors in need. It is required that all interested volunteers RSVP as space is limited. Please contact us for further details at

Alianza Dominicana

Alianza Dominicana, Inc. is a non-profit community development organization that partners with youth, families and public and private institutions to revitalize economically distressed neighborhoods.

Asociacion Comunal de Dominicanos Progresistas (ACDP)

ACDP works to promote and develop the physical, emotional, social and economic well-being of the residents of Upper Manhattan, the Bronx, and New York City.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities works to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and other people of goodwill to do the same.

Church of the Good Shepherd - Food Pantry

Parishioners of Church of the Good Shepherd have a strong tradition of reaching out to others in the community, especially those in need. The Parish Food Pantry serves approximately 3500 people each month.

Community League of the Heights (CLOTH)

The Community League of the Heights (CLOTH) is a multi-service, community development organization dedicated to supporting and empowering the economically disadvantaged residents of Washington Heights.

Dominican Women's Development Center (DWDC)

DWDC works to empower all women and communities to advance gender equality and social justice. DWDC's programs include Health Promotions, Healthy Families, La Sala Drop-In Program, and Mama Tingo Childcare & Learning Center.

El Nido de Esperanza

El Nido de Esperanza is a faith-based program of Christ Church designed to support parents with 0-3-year-old children in the Washington Heights/Inwood area of Manhattan.

Holyrood Church

Holyrood Church is a Protestant Episcopal church that serves a multicultural, multiracial, multiethnic, and multigenerational community of people who congregate to worship in three languages; English, Spanish, and Sign Language (ASL). Holyrood Church is part of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City and serves as a safe refuge for immigrant families facing deportation.

Please contact us at if you are interested in volunteering at their Food Fest Ministry as part of the MLK National Day of Serivce. 

Inwood Community Services

ICS works to improve the quality of life of our neighborhood’s residents. ICS' family support programs serve over 4,000 individuals annually.

La Puerta Estrecha Food Pantry

La Puerta Estrecha Food Pantry operates at La Puerta Estrecha Church and works to supply food to neighbors in need.

Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights

The Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (NMCIR), is a non-profit organization, founded in 1982 to educate, defend and protect the rights of immigrants. Recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals, NMCIR is committed to expanding access to legal immigration services, participating in policy making and community organizing.

Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC)

NMIC's mission is to serve as a catalyst for positive change in the lives of the people in our community on their paths to secure and prosperous futures. NMIC addresses a broad array of immediate needs, integrating numerous crisis intervention services under one roof.

Project Renewal's Fort Washington Men’s Shelter

The Fort Washington Men’s Shelter provides shelter to 200 men. An on-site licensed medical clinic also connects residents to primary health care, as well as dental and optometry services.