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David Roper of Green Haven: “We teach the children how to grow food and all the fresh produce that we grow, we give it back to the community for free of charge.”

We’re so excited to elevate the work of the Green Haven Project! Repair the World Miami is so grateful to partner with them to promote food justice across South Florida. Green Haven Project’s mission is to create community gardens and sustainable ecosystems in areas that are predominantly known as food deserts.

 

By David Roper Community Activist and President of The Green Haven Project

“What compelled me to do this type of service was seeing a problem in our community that needed a solution and so I created that solution by giving back organic food to Black and Brown people in communities where access to this fresh organic food is not always an option. At the end of the day, that’s the goal for us, to have more green spaces in Black and Brown neighborhoods everywhere. We teach the children how to grow food and all the fresh produce that we grow locally and we give it back to the community for free of charge. We also mentor and have a food pantry where people can come and collect free food if they need it. If people want to support our work at GreenHaven they can go to our website and donate or show up to volunteer with us. On Feb 19th at 12PM, we have a “Ribbon Cutting (Plant Day)” with Smile Trust Inc, building a garden together to feed more people at 4440 NW 27th Ave, 33142. Sign up by emailing [email protected]

Donations to support Green Haven Project’s work can be made via Venmo: @greenhavenproject-inc or by emailing [email protected]

 

This #BlackHistoryMonth Repair the World is highlighting Black-led orgs, service partners who are advancing and centering Diversity Equity and Inclusion work and prioritizing BIPOC leadership in their orgs, and Black Community Leaders that we serve with across our communities. Our impact would not be possible without them. Our Jewish values of solidarity, achdoot, and strengthening each other, hitchazkut, remind us that nothing is possible without meaningful relationships. Our partners and colleagues are critical to our ability to understand and act thoughtfully. When we lift up, celebrate, and appreciate others, we ultimately work towards a stronger outcome.

Jessica Johnson of The Scholarship Academy: “The Scholarship Academy is committed to building healthier financial aid cultures in underserved communities”

Repair the World Atlanta is proud to partner with local partner organization The Scholarship Academy

 

By Jessica Johnson Executive Director at The Scholarship Academy 

The Scholarship Academy is committed to leveraging our unique scholarship preparatory curriculum, trainings and technology to build healthier financial aid cultures in underserved communities. We’re training counselors and corporate volunteers, designing and implementing financial aid immersion events such as Financial Aid Quiz Bowls, and providing students access to our customized scholarship platform, The Virtual Scholarship Center so that low-income and first-generation students are equipped with the tools to take ownership of their financial aid process. Our ultimate goal is to “make college funding a community affair.

Donations to support Scholarship Academy’s work can be here

Scholarship Academy is recruiting volunteers for their “FAFSA Is the Key” Campaign to help students in Title I schools complete the FAFSA, and more information can be found here.

 

This #BlackHistoryMonth Repair the World is highlighting Black-led orgs, service partners who are advancing and centering Diversity Equity and Inclusion work and prioritizing BIPOC leadership in their orgs, and Black Community Leaders that we serve with across our communities. Our impact would not be possible without them. Our Jewish values of solidarity, achdoot, and strengthening each other, hitchazkut, remind us that nothing is possible without meaningful relationships. Our partners and colleagues are critical to our ability to understand and act thoughtfully. When we lift up, celebrate, and appreciate others, we ultimately work towards a stronger outcome.

L’Oréal Williams of N.E.W. L.E.A.F. Detroit: “Together we can thrive in the future, but we must act now.”

We’re thrilled to highlight Repair the World Detroit’s service partner N.E.W. L.E.A.F. Detroit

 

By L’Oreal Williams Executive Director N.E.W. L.E.A.F. Detroit

We at NEW LEAF serve our communities by providing free environmental and natural wellness education to BIPOC communities. We do this to encourage people to be more active in their healthcare as well as be stewards of our environment. We do this work because climate change is happening right now and we as a species must adapt to environmental changes. We can only do that if our communities are strong and knowledgeable. Our framework is community based and encourages all to work together for a healthy ecosystem that acknowledges that we humans and our well-being are a part of that system. Together we can thrive in the future, but we must act now. 

To donate or volunteer to support N.EW. L.E.A.F. Detroit’s work click here!

 

This #BlackHistoryMonth Repair the World is highlighting Black-led orgs, service partners who are advancing and centering Diversity Equity and Inclusion work and prioritizing BIPOC leadership in their orgs, and Black Community Leaders that we serve with across our communities. Our impact would not be possible without them. Our Jewish values of solidarity, achdoot, and strengthening each other, hitchazkut, remind us that nothing is possible without meaningful relationships. Our partners and colleagues are critical to our ability to understand and act thoughtfully. When we lift up, celebrate, and appreciate others, we ultimately work towards a stronger outcome.

Amelia Thompson of Renew Today: “My mission in life is to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly”

We’re so excited to highlight the admirable, Amelia Thompson, Founder and Executive Director of Renew Today. Repair the World NYC is proud to partner with RenewToday’s initiative WeDeliverPeriod. 

 

By Amelia Thompson 

My mission in life is to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly. I serve communities by designing and offering opportunities for individuals and organizations to also fulfill this charge. Currently, RenewToday offers JusticeLoves trainings to adults and children on how to respond to racial injustice in specific and practical ways. WeDeliverPeriod is part of our mercy work and offers strategies to confront period poverty through volunteerism, generosity, and awareness raising activities. I was placed into foster care and later adopted as a child. My journey attests to the power of the generosity of strangers. For this reason, this work is important to me because I have witnessed how a single life and social impact begins – with the decision to improve the life trajectory of someone in need.

Donations to Support Renew Today’s work can be made here: https://renewtoday.net/donate/

 

This #BlackHistoryMonth Repair the World is highlighting Black-led orgs, service partners who are advancing and centering Diversity Equity and Inclusion work and prioritizing BIPOC leadership in their orgs, and Black Community Leaders that we serve with across our communities. Our impact would not be possible without them. Our Jewish values of solidarity, achdoot, and strengthening each other, hitchazkut, remind us that nothing is possible without meaningful relationships. Our partners and colleagues are critical to our ability to understand and act thoughtfully. When we lift up, celebrate, and appreciate others, we ultimately work towards a stronger outcome.

Sue Salinger of Ekar Farm: “Our resources must be leveraged so that together, we can address issues of food justice and environmental racism.”

Repair the World Colorado is proud to partner with local organization Ekar Farm

 

By Sue Salinger Executive Director Ekar Farms

Ekar Farm has moved from its original charity-based model of providing fresh food and veggies to food pantries, to a food and environmental justice model of repair that includes reparations, as well as creating systems-level change. To really do this, we need to become community-led (rather than merely community informed) in all aspects of our work. We’re actively engaged in staff and board DEI work to create paid positions across the organization for BIPOC leadership. We have collaborations with Native groups like Spirit of the Sun, where we share growing space for traditional Native crops, and when we need to aggregate or purchase more produce to fulfill CSA shares, we partner with the BIPOC-led East Denver Food Hub, and of course we donate food to food access organizations that serve food insecure communities — but in 2022, we’re doing more: we’re learning how to make structural changes across Ekar’s operation to center BIPOC leadership.

We’re in the middle of a global pandemic that increased food insecurity overall — 1 in 3 Denver families is now food insecure — but COVID has impacted the BIPOC community far more than it has impacted the Jewish community. And we’re also at the beginning of a massive climate crisis. We know that our neighbors and friends in BIPOC communities are already suffering more from Colorado’s poor air quality — in fact the state’s largest polluter, Suncor, is located in a historic BIPOC area. The Jewish community has a role to play in standing in solidarity with all such impacted communities. Our resources must be leveraged so that together, we can address these related issues of food justice and environmental racism. As Jews, we too have a history of trauma, and genocide; we are instructed throughout Torah to remember that we know servitude, and inequity. To be Jewish today is to work for justice for everyone – this is Ekar – the most important thing. Reb Zalman z’l says it best:  “The only way we’re going to get it together, is together.”

Donations to support Ekar’s work can be made at www.ekarfarm.org/donate

 

This #BlackHistoryMonth Repair the World is highlighting Black-led orgs, service partners who are advancing and centering Diversity Equity and Inclusion work and prioritizing BIPOC leadership in their orgs, and Black Community Leaders that we serve with across our communities. Our impact would not be possible without them. Our Jewish values of solidarity, achdoot, and strengthening each other, hitchazkut, remind us that nothing is possible without meaningful relationships. Our partners and colleagues are critical to our ability to understand and act thoughtfully. When we lift up, celebrate, and appreciate others, we ultimately work towards a stronger outcome.

Ernesto Gonzalez of My Block My Hood My City: “We’re motivated by the trust of the youth and communities and we’ll continue to serve them and more”

Repair the World Chicago is so grateful to partner with My Block My Hood My City

 

By Ernesto Gonzalez Marketing Manager/Media Relations at My Block My Hood My City 

My Block My Hood My City’s motto is ‘Taking Care of People, No Matter What.’ This phrase keeps us motivated and guided in all the work that we do. Whether it’s showcasing different opportunities to youth or working with neighborhoods in the south and west side, our mission is to inspire youth, empower communities and to build a better world, one block at a time. The city of Chicago is one of the most resilient and hard working cities in the world. Since the beginning, we’ve realized that our biggest strength has been showing up for those who need us most. You’ll see the organization and our amazing volunteers respond to the immediate needs of the world. We’re motivated by the trust of the youth and communities and we’ll continue to serve them and more!

Donations to support My Block My Hood My City’s work can be made at: formyblock.org/donate

 

This #BlackHistoryMonth Repair the World is highlighting Black-led orgs, service partners who are advancing and centering Diversity Equity and Inclusion work and prioritizing BIPOC leadership in their orgs, and Black Community Leaders that we serve with across our communities. Our impact would not be possible without them. Our Jewish values of solidarity, achdoot, and strengthening each other, hitchazkut, remind us that nothing is possible without meaningful relationships. Our partners and colleagues are critical to our ability to understand and act thoughtfully. When we lift up, celebrate, and appreciate others, we ultimately work towards a stronger outcome.

Raynise Kelly of Soil Sisters: “This work is important to us because we are not just amongst the community of food apartheid and racial and social injustices we live and experience it personally”

We’re so excited to highlight the work of Soil Sisters! Repair the World Pittsburgh is so grateful to partner with them. 

By Raynise Kelly Owner of Soil Sisters

We’ve served the community in four ways, one being through seedling production that we take pride in selecting varieties that are heirloom and organic. We focus on healthy root establishment and strong stems with full leaves. We host an annual free garden supply giveaway and low fee agriculture based camp for youth ages 6-13. We also offer workshops to share our knowledge and experience gardening. This work is important to us because we are not just amongst the community of food apartheid and racial and social injustices we live and experience it personally. So we know first hand what it is like to lack. We also know what it is like to create and we have gained the skills and knowledge to produce and since we have not left and do not plan to leave, we choose to teach how to access food through growing it. We are compelled to do this work because of how many people who are affected by the access to food look like us. And will continue to look like us if nothing changes. Black representation matters.

Donations to Support Soil Sisters’ work can be made here: Venmo- @Soilsisterspgh, Cashapp-$Soilsisters, to mail in: 835 Gearing Avenue, Pittsburgh Pa 15210. 

 

This #BlackHistoryMonth Repair the World is highlighting Black-led orgs, service partners who are advancing and centering Diversity Equity and Inclusion work and prioritizing BIPOC leadership in their orgs, and Black Community Leaders that we serve with across our communities. Our impact would not be possible without them. Our Jewish values of solidarity, achdoot, and strengthening each other, hitchazkut, remind us that nothing is possible without meaningful relationships. Our partners and colleagues are critical to our ability to understand and act thoughtfully. When we lift up, celebrate, and appreciate others, we ultimately work towards a stronger outcome.

Will Sellers of Wholesome Wave Georgia: “What compels me to do this type of service is a desire to honor my family’s legacy”

This #BlackHistoryMonth Repair the World is highlighting Black-led orgs, service partners who are advancing and centering Diversity Equity and Inclusion work and prioritizing BIPOC leadership in their orgs, and Black Community Leaders that we serve with across our communities. Our impact would not be possible without them. Our Jewish values of solidarity, achdoot, and strengthening each other, hitchazkut, remind us that nothing is possible without meaningful relationships. Our partners and colleagues are critical to our ability to understand and act thoughtfully. When we lift up, celebrate, and appreciate others, we ultimately work towards a stronger outcome. We’re so excited to elevate the work of Wholesome Wave Georgia. Repair the World Atlanta is so grateful to partner with them. 

By Will Sellers Executive Director at Wholesome Wave Georgia

Wholesome Wave Georgia connects food-insecure families with fresh, healthy, locally grown food and health education through partnerships with local farms, farmers markets, and community partners. Our statewide footprint of over 80 community partners in almost 50 Georgia cities allow us unique insight into the challenges that families face. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our neighbors and do our part to support small, independent farmers. Our flagship program is the Georgia Fresh for Less program, which matches food stamp benefits — also known as SNAP benefits — at farmers markets, farm stands, and more, to help ensure that anyone who wants fresh, healthy, local food can afford it. We also offer SNAP, Medicaid, and other government benefits assistance through free screenings and renewals to our neighbors. Our programs support urban and rural farmers and contribute to our state’s local economy with more than $3.86 million contributed since 2009. Last year, Wholesome Wave Georgia accelerated our efforts to address food access and health disparities using our programs like the Georgia Fresh for Less program and the Georgia Food for Health program. Working with our community partners and our neighbors, we all have a role to play in creating the Georgia and America that we want to live in.

At Wholesome Wave Georgia, our work is important because our work increases access to fresh, healthy, locally grown food for families that are living near or at the margins of society. The need and the demand for fresh, healthy, locally grown food is greater than ever because of the pandemic. In 2020, our nonprofit supported over $187,200 in food nutrition incentives to increase access to fresh, healthy, locally grown food. Last year, in 2021, we supported over $275,200 in food nutrition incentives. By connecting our neighbors in need with fresh, healthy locally grown produce, our programs support the small, independent farmers growing locally grown produce, we benefit the local economy, help the environment, and improve healthcare outcomes within the state of Georgia.

What compels me to do this type of service is a desire to honor my family’s legacy. My grandmother was a school teacher in segregated, rural Georgia educating children in old barns disguised as schools. My grandfather drove a school bus taking “colored children” to these schools with used books, furnished with old desks but brimming with the state-of-the-art belief that tomorrow would be better than today. My work at Wholesome Wave Georgia allows me to be a force for good as I serve while completing my mission: to positively influence everyone that I come into contact with.

Donations to support Wholesome Wave Georgia’s work can be made at: https://www.wholesomewavegeorgia.org/candler-black-market

Hillel International and Repair the World Repair Campus Corps program provide thousands of students with service opportunities

This article appeared in Jewish News Syndicate
The partnership between Hillel and Repair has supported volunteers to strengthen their connection to their faith. In year one, 100 campus corps interns on 96 campuses recruited 4,843 peers in service, catalyzing 5,312 acts of service and learning and contributing 26,299 hours of service to partners.
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Food Packing for the Margaret Fuller House Food Pantry

This article originally appeared in JewishBoston on January 17th 2022

Base BSTN and Repair the World Boston are teaming up for a chance to serve our community this MLK weekend. We’ll be packing food to be donated to the Margaret Fuller House, the largest food pantry in Cambridge that provides emergency food services to over 7,000 families each year.

Read the full article here