Building community is all about building connections. Through our program, Repair the World Communities, we’re opening doors and diving deep in seven of the most vibrant and socially innovative cities in the U.S. – Atlanta, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Detroit, Harlem, Miami, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Repair the World Communities is designed to contribute to (not compete with) the work of local organizations to expand their impact. With a dedicated Director for each city, a team of full time fellows and space to collaborate (The Workshop), we’re partnering with local organizations to recruit the volunteers needed to address each city’s most pressing issues. Whether it’s tackling education inequality in Baltimore or food justice in Philadelphia, each Workshop works to build a permanent network of volunteers that can give the sustained effort needed to see change through. This, in turn, gives volunteers a new perspective on their own cities by introducing them to new neighborhoods, individuals, and experiences. We aim to inspire more young Jews to volunteer effectively, which will not only make their cities stronger, but their connection to them as well.
For more information about the impact and engagement in Repair the World Communities, see our Year Four Evaluation here.
Why THESE Cities?
This was a big decision so we did our homework…on 80 potential cities.
Repair the World Communities is the product of years of in-house research about the volunteer habits of Jewish millennials. We gathered data and held intensive brainstorming sessions. We geeked out and built an algorithm, yes an algorithm, to test each city against an ideal model based on demographics, need, feasibility, & supporters. After extensive qualitative analysis – and more importantly, conversations with dozens of local leaders and partners, we chose our four launch cities.
So what are these cities’ special sauce? They are all vibrant, post-industrial centers of social innovation and Jewish life. They each bring unique factors to the table, but almost all have robust college and young adult populations, strong Jewish communities, moderate civic heath, yet also high rates of poverty.
We felt this mix of need and opportunity was a recipe for some amazing social innovation. In fact, each city already has a lot of progress going on. That’s why we’re eager to support local community builders with the volunteers they need to scale their impact.