Repair the World NYC Families

Welcome, NYC Families!

We’re so excited you’re interested in volunteering with your families in NYC. See below for our upcoming volunteer opportunities that are family-friendly, as well as other upcoming events, dinners, Shabbats, and more. Looking for resources to guide discussions about service, social justice and issues with your family?  Visit our resources page for guides such as Talking to Kids about Gun Violence.

If you have any questions, contact Rachel Figurasmith today.

Volunteering at St. John’s Bread & Life

Brooklyn, New York

Thursday | May 23, 2019

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Volunteer at The Campaign Against Hunger’s Urban Farm

Brooklyn,

Friday | May 24, 2019

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Help out at Jenny’s Garden 5/26

New York, New York

Sunday | May 26, 2019

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Tutor Harlem Youth with Reading Partners!

New York, New York

Friday | May 31, 2019

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Package Birthday Bags for Local Pantry!

Brooklyn, New York

Saturday | June 1, 2019

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Volunteer at the Youth Farm!

Brooklyn, New York

Saturday | June 1, 2019

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Family Farm Day with Repair the World and Tkiya

Brooklyn, New York

Sunday | June 2, 2019

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Education & Action: Fight Hunger in New York

Brooklyn, New York

Thursday | June 6, 2019

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Increase Food Access at a Farmers Market

Brooklyn, New York

Thursday | June 6, 2019

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Volunteer with Books Through Bars!

Brooklyn, New York

Wednesday | June 12, 2019

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Community Builder Awards!

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Thursday | June 13, 2019

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Brooklyn Jews at the Youth Farm

Brooklyn, New York

Sunday | June 16, 2019

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Volunteering at St. John’s Bread & Life

Come volunteer at St. John’s Bread & Life, one of Brooklyn’s largest food pantries/soup kitchens that offers a multitude of other social services! St. John’s Bread & Life serves nearly 3,000 meals to hungry New Yorkers every day and is the only facility in New York to have a Digital Food Choice Pantry; come check it out yourself! 


Volunteers will either be working in the kitchen helping to serve and prepare lunch or will be in helping out in the food pantry. Please wear closed-toed shoes and pants.


If you have any questions, please reach out to Josh at [email protected]

Date

Thursday | May 23, 2019

Time

3:00 PM - 6:30 PM eastern time

Location

795 Lexington Avenue
Brooklyn, New York, 11221

Volunteer at The Campaign Against Hunger’s Urban Farm

Are you interested in growing community and increasing access to healthy and affordable food? Join Repair the World and volunteer at The Campaign Against Hunger’s Saratoga urban farm in Bedford Stuyvesant! 


About The Campaign Against Hunger (TCAH): In 2009, The Campaign Against Hunger became the first community-based organization in New York City to effectively create its own “farm to pantry” distribution loop with the opening of Saratoga Urban Agro-Ecological Center. The Saratoga Farm encompasses 7,900 sq. feet and produces roughly 7,000 pounds of produce each farm season.


Volunteers’ Role: We will help out with various farm tasks such as weeding, watering, and cleaning. Volunteers can expect to engage in manual labor (such as shoveling or pushing wheelbarrows). We’ll also do some group learning about hunger and hunger prevention in New York City. Once you register, you will receive an email from Riki a couple of days before the volunteer day with more information.


When can I volunteer? Fridays from 11am-1:30pm at The Campaign Against Hunger Saratoga Farm (2046-2050 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11233). 


Accessibility: We will be outside in the sun and around a variety of plants and scents. The ground is unpaved dirt and is flat.


Contact Riki at [email protected] for more information or to coordinate a volunteer group of 3+ people.

Date

Friday | May 24, 2019

Time

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM eastern time

Location

2046-2050 Fulton St
Brooklyn11233

Help out at Jenny’s Garden 5/26

This Saturday, Repair the World and the Jewish Theological Seminary will be bringing a group of volunteers to Jenny’s Garden (formerly known as Riverside Valley Community Garden) with to come and help prepare the garden for spring. 


Jenny’s Garden was started by a group of community volunteers, including Jenny Benitez, in 1975. For more than 44 years, she, with a team of volunteers, has transformed the west side of Harlem into a majestic masterpiece.


Please bring water and a hat, and wear clothes you can get dirty! Gloves and tools will be provided. Please reach out to Jeremy Nicholson at [email protected] if you have any questions. Looking forward to farming with you!

Date

Sunday | May 26, 2019

Time

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM eastern time

Location

699 West 138th Street
New York, New York, 10031

Tutor Harlem Youth with Reading Partners!

***Please select whether you will be tutoring only the first or both sessions when ordering***


Join us this May as a volunteer with Reading Partners at our Open House event at P.S. 175 in Harlem! Reading Partners is an incredible organization that provides one-on-one literacy tutoring to elementary-school aged students struggling with reading. The program model targets kindergarten through fourth grade students. Tutors utilize an easy-to-use curriculum that supports key, foundational literacy skills. Reading Partners recruits dedicated volunteer tutors that spend an hour a week working one-on-one with our students to implement the curriculum and target the particular needs of each student. 


At our Open House events, we invite community volunteers to visit our Reading Centers and try our program out first-hand, working one-on-one with our students as their tutors for the day. We will start the day with an overview of our program, and then will give our tutors a chance to try our curriculum and tutor our students. Come learn about the incredible work we do to address the literacy crisis and make a difference in a student’s life by tutoring them! 


                  Here is the Schedule for the Day: 


                  9:15 – 9:30: Volunteer Tutors Arrive


                  9:30 – 10:15: Reading Partners Overview and Curriculum Training


                  10:25-11:10First Tutoring Session


                  11:10-11:20Break


                  11:20-12:05Second Tutoring Session


                  12:05-12:20Wrap up and Debrief  


Please email us with any questions.

Date

Friday | May 31, 2019

Time

9:15 AM - 12:20 PM eastern time

Location

301 W 140th St
New York, New York, 10030

Package Birthday Bags for Local Pantry!


On Saturday, June 1st Repair the World Brooklyn is joining forces with The Great Room to package birthday bags and make beautiful cards for children in Brooklyn whose families don’t have the means to purchase birthday celebration items. This project is intended for parents and their children to do together. Open for all young ages with parent/adult accomaniment. 












Volunteering families will have the opportunity to…




Volunteering families can expect to help with…



  • Packaging birthday bags 

  • Creating birthday cards

  • Family learning around food insecurity and poverty in central Brooklyn



Here’s how it works:


To make this project happen, we need your support! We’re asking each participating family to commit a sliding scale of $10-25 to this project. There are 2 ways to donate supplies: 




  1. Order from the Amazon Wishlist by Tuesday, May 28th to be delivered directly to The Great Room



  2. Bring your donated items to the project day of

    *Supplies needed include: plastic utensils, plates, frosting, cake mix, balloons, candles, small toys, and construction paper or other craft materials.





Next steps:



Tell your friends to join in, or come alone and meet new people. Either way, you’ll enjoy giving back to the community. Stay tuned for information we will send in an email a few days before the event. We look forward to meeting you for this community event in Brooklyn! 




Unable to attend but interested in learning about future events? Please email [email protected] with any questions and get involved with Repair the World Brooklyn!





Date

Saturday | June 1, 2019

Time

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM eastern time

Location

194 Columbia Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11231

Volunteer at the Youth Farm!

Join Repair the World NYC and the Youth Farm for our spring and summer farm crew!


We will be engaging in hands-on work such as composting, clean up, weeding, planting and other tasks. We will also be learning about and discussing food justice topics such as food sovereignty, food access in Brooklyn, and the importance of community gardens.


The Youth Farm is an education-focused production farm that grows organic food and flowers on one acre for the community and beyond, and offers hands-on farm training and leadership opportunities for youth and adults. It is located on the lawn of the Wingate Campus, and is partnered with the High School for Public Service.


Accessibility info: We will be doing garden work that requires physical labor. The entrance to the farm does not involve steps but the ground is uneven.


Feel free to sign up for one date, or all of them! This volunteer event is designed for young adults, but all ages are welcome. Please email Alison with any questions or concerns at [email protected]. Looking forward to farming with you!

Date

Saturday | June 1, 2019

Time

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM eastern time

Location

600 Kingston Avenue
Brooklyn, New York, 11203

Family Farm Day with Repair the World and Tkiya

Join Tkiya: The Jewish Community Music Initiative and Repair the World NYC for an afternoon of learning and volunteering at Bushwick City Farm.

Best for ages 3-8 and their grownups, siblings are welcome. Free to attend but please register at https://urlzs.com/pgdGE

We will be learning about the importance of giving back to our community through songs, stories, and hands-on helping. There will also be time for a snack picnic. Work will include composting, clean up, and other farm maintenance, and we encourage closed toed shoes.

Bushwick City Farm is a network of open spaces run by neighborhood volunteers that provides free food, clothing, and educational programs for the community. BCF builds and helps maintain vegetable gardens for local public schools and coordinates with local businesses to distribute bread and fresh produce donations.

This event was made possible in part from a microgrant from The Jewish Education Project and a partnership with PJ Library in New York. PJ Library sends free Jewish children’s books monthly to families who register at pjlibrary.org!

Please remember to register for this event at https://urlzs.com/pgdGE

Date

Sunday | June 2, 2019

Time

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM eastern time

Location

354 Stockton Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11206

Education & Action: Fight Hunger in New York

Are you interested in helping people have a dignified way to feed themselves and their loved ones? Join Repair the World and Hunger Free America on National Hunger Awareness Day to send postcards in support of reauthorizing child nutrition programs.


What is Child Nutrition Reauthorization? Congress aims to reauthorize most of the child nutrition programs every five years. These child nutrition programs include several different federal school meal and child nutrition programs that provide funding to ensure that all children have access to healthy and nutritious foods.


Why is this important? The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act was last reauthorized in 2010, which means these nutrition programs are due for an update.


Volunteers’ Role: Kids will decorate postcards to send to their representatives in favor of reauthorizing Child Nutrition programs. We will also do some group learning about hunger and hunger prevention in New York City. Once you register, you will receive an email from Riki a couple of days before the volunteer day with more information.


When can I volunteer? Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 5:30-7:00pm at the Repair the World Brooklyn Workshop (808 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216). 


Ages: This program is designed for ages 7-10 and families.


Accessibility: The Workshop is one-level and on the ground floor. The bathrooms are relatively large but not fully wheelchair accessible.


Contact Riki at [email protected] for more information!

Date

Thursday | June 6, 2019

Time

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM eastern time

Location

808 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11216

Increase Food Access at a Farmers Market

Are you interested in helping people have a dignified way to feed themselves and their loved ones? Join Repair the World and Hunger Free America at the Grow NYC Borough Hall Farmers Market to increase awareness about SNAP Benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Access Program), formerly called Food Stamps. Hundreds of people pass through the Borough Hall Farmers Market each week so we will share information about food assistance.


What is SNAP? SNAP benefits are a social safety net to support those who are facing economic hardship and are used to buy unprepared food. Each year between 2009 and 2012, SNAP kept 714,000 people out of poverty in New York state, including 321,000 children.


Volunteers’ Role: We’ll be passing out information about the eligibility requirements to enroll in SNAP benefits and pre-screening clients to determine their eligibility. We will also do some group learning about hunger and hunger prevention in New York City. Once you register, you will receive an email from Riki a couple of days before the volunteer day with more information.


When can I volunteer? Thursdays from 9am-12pm at the Borough Hall Farmers Market (Court St and, Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201). 


Accessibility: We will be outside in the sun and around a variety of foods and scents. More information coming soon.


Feel free to contact Riki at [email protected] for more information or to coordinate a volunteer group of 3+ people.

Date

Thursday | June 6, 2019

Time

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM eastern time

Location

Court St and Montague St
Brooklyn, New York, 11201

Volunteer with Books Through Bars!

Join Repair the World to package books to send to incarecerated people with Books Through Bars. NYC Books Through Bars is an all-volunteer-run group that sends free, donated books to incarcerated people across the nation. Bring your friends! Everyone can learn about the realities of the carceral system. 


We’ll be reading letters from people in prison, filling book requests, putting together packages to mail to prisons, and cleaning the space where donated books are stored before they’re sent out.


Books Though Bars is located in the basement of Freebird Books, and can be dusty; wear close-toed shoes and clothes that can get dirty. This is not an accessible location; entrance is via the hatch, and a set of stairs, and the floor can be uneven. Watch your head when entering. This is suggested for people 14 and older and is not appropriate for young children.

Date

Wednesday | June 12, 2019

Time

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM eastern time

Location

123 Columbia Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11231

Community Builder Awards!

The Community Builder Awards is Repair NYC’s opportunity to honor and elevate outstanding members across our communities. For our inaugural year, we focused on elevating our community partners. This year, we look to expand our reach by recognizing individuals who exemplify Repair NYC’s commitment to serving the New York City community.

Date

Thursday | June 13, 2019

Time

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM eastern time

Location

TBD

Brooklyn Jews at the Youth Farm

Join Repair the World NYC and CBE’s Brooklyn Jews for an afternoon on the farm!


We will be engaging in hands-on work such as composting, clean up, weeding, planting and other tasks. We will also be learning about and discussing food justice topics such as food sovereignty, food access in Brooklyn, and the importance of community gardens.


The Youth Farm is an education-focused production farm that grows organic food and flowers on one acre for the community and beyond, and offers hands-on farm training and leadership opportunities for youth and adults. It is located on the lawn of the Wingate Campus, and is partnered with the High School for Public Service.


Accessibility info: We will be doing garden work that requires physical labor. The entrance to the farm does not involve steps but the ground is uneven.


This volunteer event is designed specifically for Congregation Beth Elohim’s Brooklyn Jews group and there are general sign ups here. Please email Riki with any questions or concerns at [email protected]. Looking forward to farming with you!

Date

Sunday | June 16, 2019

Time

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM eastern time

Location

600 Kingston Avenue
Brooklyn, New York, 11203