UPCOMING EVENTS

BUGs Homewood Gardening Volunteering

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tuesday | April 24, 2018

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Garfield Community Farm Volunteering

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Thursday | April 26, 2018

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Redd Up Day

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Saturday | April 28, 2018

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Sheridan Ave Orchard Volunteering

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Monday | April 30, 2018

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Documentary Screening: An Inconvenient Sequel

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Wednesday | May 2, 2018

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Enright Community Garden

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Wednesday | May 2, 2018

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EduCrew College and Career Ready Panel

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Monday | May 7, 2018

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JRA: Pack & Deliver Boxes!

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sunday | May 13, 2018

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BUGs Homewood Gardening Volunteering

Join Repair the World’s Pittsburgh Farm Crew in volunteering with the Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Co-op (BUG- FPC) in Homewood. No previous gardening or farming experience needed!



BUG-FPC was created out of the need to unite black urban agriculturalist in the Pittsburgh area for support and to dismantle the systemic racism that infiltrates our communities to further improvised already oppress people. We are building an urban farm an urban farm in Homewood that will be a hoop house model to grow food and generate specialty products. In collaboration with Mama Africa’s Green, this will empower us to reach more under served communities in food deserts. Our farm is the Homewood Historical Urban Farm.












Date

Tuesday | April 24, 2018

Time

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM eastern time

Location

7043 Monticello Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15208

Garfield Community Farm Volunteering

Join Repair the World in helping to maintain the large permaculture urban Garfield Community Farm! No gardening or farming experience is necessary.

Date

Thursday | April 26, 2018

Time

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM eastern time

Location

509 Wicklow Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15224

Redd Up Day

Join us as we Redd Up Homewood as part of the month long Operation Better Block Homewood Community “Fuel Up, Redd Up, Get Up” Event Series. We will meet at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA and split into groups to clean from there. All ages welcome, come prepared to walk and clean!

Date

Saturday | April 28, 2018

Time

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM eastern time

Location

7140 Bennett Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15208

Sheridan Ave Orchard Volunteering

Join Repair the World in expanding and maintaining our garden on Sheridan Avenue! This opportunity is located at 315 Sheridan Ave and starts 5:30 pm, ending at sundown

Date

Monday | April 30, 2018

Time

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM eastern time

Location

315 Sheridan Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15206

Documentary Screening: An Inconvenient Sequel

Join Repair the World’s PeerCorps Mentors as they host a screening of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, a follow up to his 2006 eye-opening film, An Inconvenient Truth. Each of these films aims to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.


There will be a discussion following the film led by PeerCorps Mentors. We will share reactions and think about action steps we can take to help curb the effects of global warming today.


Snacks will be provided!


Check out the great work PeerCorps is doing: www.peercorps.org

Date

Wednesday | May 2, 2018

Time

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM eastern time

Location

6022 Broad Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15206

Enright Community Garden

Join Repair the World in helping to maintain Enright Community Garden! No gardening or farming experience is necessary.

Date

Wednesday | May 2, 2018

Time

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM eastern time

Location

Topaz Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15206

EduCrew College and Career Ready Panel

Join local education groups for part 3 of our Graduate Profile Series as we explore if Pittsburgh’s high school graduates are college and career ready. Our emcee for the night will be Allyce Pinchback, former Director of Professional Development of PPS.

Light refreshments will be provided! This event is free and open to the public.

Date

Monday | May 7, 2018

Time

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM eastern time

Location

6022 Broad Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15206

JRA: Pack & Deliver Boxes!

Come be part of this large monthly effort to get food to people in need. In collaboration with the Jewish Relief Agency of Pittsburgh we will pack up boxes of food, and then deliver them (by car) to families and individuals around Pittsburgh. This is a great opportunity for the whole family to give back before Thanksgiving!

WE ARE IN NEED OF DRIVERS: please email if you can drive!

• End time is approximate and will vary depending on the delivery route/number of deliveries you make.

• But, the more volunteers = the faster we can pack the boxes! 

• You do not have to be able to drive/deliver to come and pack boxes, but drivers are needed! You can choose the route/number of deliveries that is most convenient for you.

• All ages, backgrounds, and abilities welcome!

• Be there just before 9am for free coffee and snacks.

Thanks! Meet you there – just look for folks in Repair the World t-shirts – or if you need a ride, please email [email protected]!

Date

Sunday | May 13, 2018

Time

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM eastern time

Location

6022 Broad St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15206

Our Work

Repair the World Pittsburgh works to empower individuals to build capacity around food and education issues with our partners.

OUR TEAM

  • Lydia Bestul

    Workshop Coordinator, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • Lydia Bestul

    Workshop Coordinator, Repair the World Pittsburgh
    Lydia joined the Repair the World: Pittsburgh team as a food justice fellow in the fourth cohort and fell in love with the city. A native Milwaukeean, she now thinks of Pittsburgh as her “forever home” and finds its colorful history and innovative present captivating. Lydia believes that tikkun olam is an essential part of being Jewish, and she has loved participating in it throughout her journey to convert to Judaism. She is excited to continue her work with Repair as the workshop coordinator and to return to school for a future career in nursing.[email protected]
  • Rachel Schwartz

    Program Associate, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • Rachel Schwartz

    Program Associate, Repair the World Pittsburgh
    Rachel was raised in Arlington, Virginia before moving to New Orleans to complete her B.A. in Political Science from Tulane University. While at Tulane, Rachel experienced the stark differences between the public schools she grew up attending and the public schools she was volunteering at in the New Orleans Public School system. These experiences ignited Rachel’s passion of education justice, and her career path has since molded around pursuing this passion. Upon graduation, Rachel moved back to Arlington, Virginia to work for the nonprofit Playworks. There she worked to implement social-emotional learning into the daily lives of Washington, DC public school students. After a year of working with elementary school students through Playworks Rachel moved to Pittsburgh to tackle the new challenge of working with high school students. She served as the Program Coordinator for a College & Career Readiness Program made up of 180 low income Pittsburgh Public School students. Through this program she placed students into work-readiness internships and helped each student develop a post graduation education or work plan. In her free time, Rachel enjoys hiking, running, and camping, as well as sitting on her front porch and enjoying some quality relaxation time.[email protected]
  • Zack Block

    Executive Director, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • Zack Block

    Executive Director, Repair the World Pittsburgh
    Zack is a born-and-bred Pittsburgher, who grew up watching the Pittsburgh Pirates of the 1990s, and bleeds black and gold.  He is ecstatic that the team is a contender again. Zack spent many years working for large public accounting firms assisting Fortune 500 companies reduce their state tax exposure.  During that time, he dedicated much of his free time to volunteering for countless non-profit organizations, including Hillel Jewish University Center (“JUC”) and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh (“Federation”).  It was during this “free time” that he found out how meaningful his impact could be for the organizations where he served. Zack wanted to focus on that service and is thrilled to now be pursuing his passions for volunteerism, community activism and philanthropy in his day job by engaging and inspiring young people to join him in these important efforts. As a long-time board member of the Hillel JUC in Pittsburgh, Zack was instrumental in building and sustaining J’Burgh, Pittsburgh’s social and professional network for Jewish graduate students and young professionals.  Zack also served as Young Adult Campaign Chair at the Federation, which raised over $450,000 in young adult donations for its annual campaign. Zack received his B.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin in 2000, and his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2005. When he’s not watching the Pirate’s win, Zack enjoys drinking Zeke’s Repair the World Reserve coffee and taking walks on Forbes and Murray in Squirrel Hill with his wife and three kids.[email protected]
  • Rachel Libros

    Teen and Family Manager, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • Rachel Libros

    Teen and Family Manager, Repair the World Pittsburgh
    Rachel comes to Repair the World with a variety of academic and professional experiences centered around social justice. Since obtaining her Bachelor's degree in Peace Studies at Goucher College in Baltimore, Rachel worked as a case manager at both a homeless shelter and a refugee resettlement agency, as well as spending a year working on a community based agricultural development project in rural Tanzania. Inspired to support  more systemic change, Rachel pursued a masters degree in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Through these experiences, Rachel has developed an appreciation for thoughtful service learning, and is thrilled to be directing her passion for social justice to launch the Teen and Family programs in Pittsburgh. Originally from Philadelphia, Rachel enjoys exploring Pittsburgh, hiking, and doing yoga.[email protected]
  • TARA ALLENTUCK

    Food Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • TARA ALLENTUCK

    Food Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh
    Tara studied Landscape Architecture at Virginia Tech. For the past two summers she has been a horticulture intern at both the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, North Carolina, and the Washington National Cathedral in Washington DC. As an intern, she worked in a historic garden, an organic children's vegetable garden, a Japanese garden, and a Native Plants Garden. She became interested in working on food justice issues after completing a school project in Roanoke, VA focused on food insecurity. She also spent a semester studying abroad in Ireland.[email protected]
  • RACHEL BUKOWITZ

    Food Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • RACHEL BUKOWITZ

    Food Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh
    Rachel studied Environmental Studies and Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. She saved enough money in her childhood piggybank to pay for the majority of her study abroad trip! She worked with the Homewood Children's Village in Pittsburgh, PA to develop a "Healthy Food and Gardening Guide" for Homewood residents. Homewood is a food desert in Pittsburgh, so the guide served to highlight alternative options for accessing food in the neighborhood including community gardens, food banks, farm stands, farmers markets, etc. [email protected]
  • MARISA DEUTSCH

    MSW Intern

  • MARISA DEUTSCH

    MSW Intern
    Marisa Deutsch studied Social Work and Psychology at Cedar Crest College to complete her Bachelor’s Degree. Marisa has interned with Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley and found her passion working with Jewish people! After graduation, Marisa moved to Pittsburgh to begin earning her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Marisa is excited to continue pursuing her passion at Repair the World while becoming a part of the Pittsburgh community![email protected]
  • MAX HILL

    Team Leader, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • MAX HILL

    Team Leader, Repair the World Pittsburgh
    Max is a second-year Fellow and Tulane University graduate. His passion is gardening and urban farming, and has worked to build the impact of the Pittsburgh Farm Crew over the past year. Max is passionate about food justice because he believes fair food access will save communities money, lessen the environmental impact of food growth, and encourage people to eat healthier. [email protected]
  • ANNIE LINDEN

    Food Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • ANNIE LINDEN

    Food Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh
    Annie graduated with a degree in Environmental and Urban studies from Bard College, writing her senior thesis on an analysis of the “Fast Fashion” industry. Since February she has been living and working at the Arava Institute at Kibbutz Ketura in Israel. At the Arava, Annie has been a teaching assistant as well as researcher of Bedouin water practices.[email protected]
  • NAOMI MORRIS

    Education Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • NAOMI MORRIS

    Education Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh
    Naomi recently graduated from Dickinson College where she studied Law & Policy, and French. During her senior year at Dickinson, she volunteered with the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cumberland County, PA where she helped train the newest group of volunteers and became a certified CASA. While at Dickinson, she took a gap semester to backpack through Europe.[email protected]
  • SARA TYBERG

    Education Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • SARA TYBERG

    Education Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh
    Sara’s passion is community building. In addition to studying Sociology and Health Studies at Dickinson College, she volunteered with Peacework to build a community greenhouse and teach environmental sustainability at rural primary schools in Belize. When she’s not acting as a change agent, Sara enjoys practicing yoga and listening to true crime podcasts.[email protected]