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Community Involvement and Service Learning

New York Medical College believes in active learning, not only training the health care professionals of tomorrow in their specialties, but also training them in the communities where they will someday practice. That's why the College is deeply involved in its surrounding communities: holding clinics for the impoverished and underserved, mentoring middle and high school students, as well as their teachers, and working with the disabled. 

Through its community involvement programs, the NYMC School of Medicine brings its students, its research and its skills to neighborhoods throughout Westchester and the surrounding area.

In addition to Summer Service Learning Preceptorships, volunteer opportunities that our SOM students have been involved with include: 


  • Bethany A.M.E. Church Soup Kitchen
  • Bethesda Baptist Church Lad’s Lunch
  • Calvary Baptist Church Soup Kitchen
    • Nutrition Assistance Program
    • Health & Wellness Program     
    • Computer Instructor
  • Children’s Village
  • Christian Medical & Dental Association’s (CMDA) :
  • Church of the Holy Name of Mary: Loaves and Fish
  • Community Memorial Baptist Church Soup Kitchen
  • Community Service Assoc/Project Family/Heavenly Start/Through Gods Hands
  • Create a Smile/Serve a Meal, Salvation Army
  • First Reformed Church Food Pantry/Kitchen
    • The Food Bank for Westchester serves over 265 local hunger-relief programs throughout Westchester, including food pantries, soup kitchens, child and adult day-care centers, and shelters. The Food Bank provides 95% of all the food given to hungry families, children and seniors as cooked meals or groceries to take home.
  • GHHS - Woodfield Cottage Game Night
  • GHHS Spreading Hope with Soap Campaign
    • It's more than just providing the medical brigade for the spring break week. It's a huge volunteer opportunity, because students are required spend the whole year fundraising and getting medications/medical supplies. They also recruit doctors and dentists, as well as prepare health education for kids. For the actual brigade itself, we treat around 700 patients in hard to reach places in Honduras, and provide things from basic pain killers to BP medication to parasite meds to sunscreen (they often work outside all day and have major skin issues) to glasses for reading. Cases that are complex can be referred out to hospitals, and our organization also pays for all the medical care that they will need for the referral. The person running the trip this year is Kaitlin Swanson, but I'll be happy to provide more information if needed since I started the brigade second year.
    • Soup Kitchen
    • Men’s Homeless Shelter
    • Housing Services Office
    • Offers individuals who are homeless, shelter for the night. Also provides homeless men, women, and veterans social services, clothing and transportation. Homeless adults 18 years and older. Grasslands Homeless Shelter is a 149-bed facility providing temporary housing to men, women, and childless couples.
    • Soup Kitchen
    • Food Pantry
    • Mount Vernon Intermediate Care Facility
    • First Years
    • Second Years
    • Third/Fourth Years
    • Outreach Team
    • Students volunteer at the Woodfield Cottage Juvenile Detention Facility, which houses children ages 10 to 16 who have been charged with crimes and are awaiting the judicial process. Once a week groups of NYMC students spend some time with the residents of Woodfield Cottage, playing games such as charades, scattergories, and basketball. Our goal is to create an enjoyable atmosphere for the children and act as the role models they may not otherwise have.
    • Students organise three blood drives every year and NYMC recently won an award for blood donations to the surrounding  community.
    • Rockland Section Tales for Tots
  • Open Door Family Medical Center
    • The Ossining Food Pantry helps over 400 people per week. Clients include single people, couples, parents with children, senior citizens struggling to get by on Social Security, the newly unemployed, the underemployed, individuals returning to society after incarceration, veterans, the sick who cannot work and the well who cannot make ends meet under current circumstances. They can be men, women or children, young or old, new to the Ossining area or long-time residents. But all are hungry. The pantry is a very well-run organization that provides weekly household food supplies to families (with portions given depending on the family size).
  • Project Sunshine
    • A small group of students take the lead in organizing dates and times when other students at the school can take the opportunity to sign-up to help prepare a meal for 30+ individuals at the Westchester Medical Center Ronald McDonald House. Each meal takes about 2-3 hours to prepare, after which student volunteers are responsible for cleaning up the kitchen and arranging the meal for the houseguests to help themselves. It is a very easy-going and rewarding commitment that also gives students the opportunity to meet peers in the other SOM classes.
    • The Osborn in Rye, New York, has been innovating and exceeding senior living expectations in Westchester County for more than 100 years. We provide independent living with an engaging lifestyle and a continuum of health services.  
  • Wartburg Adult Care Center
    • It is a regional high school science fair hosted in Sleepy Hallow every spring, which NYMC students volunteer to judge. Volunteers specify which fields they are comfortable judging, including biochem, biology, medicine, engineering, etc.
  • Winter Clothes Drive for the Local Homeless Shelter
  • Women’s Toiletries Drive for My Sister’s Place