UPCOMING EVENTS

Mentoring at Higher Achievement

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Thursday | November 23, 2017

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Volunteering at Assemble

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Thursday | November 23, 2017

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Volunteering at Assemble’s Saturday Crafternoons

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Saturday | November 25, 2017

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JRA: Pack & Deliver Boxes!

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sunday | November 26, 2017

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Be a Middle School Mentor

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Monday | November 27, 2017

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Be a Middle School Mentor

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tuesday | November 28, 2017

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Prisons and Plates

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Thursday | November 30, 2017

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Be a Middle School Mentor

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Friday | December 1, 2017

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Be a Middle School Mentor

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Saturday | December 2, 2017

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Education Justice in Pittsburgh Panel

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Wednesday | December 6, 2017

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Cocktails with a Conscience: Baking a Difference

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Monday | December 11, 2017

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Mentoring at Higher Achievement

Higher Achievement Pittsburgh operates two achievement centers serving over 100 middle school students from Pittsburgh’s Homewood and Hill District neighborhoods. Higher Achievement focuses on these two neighborhoods because of the legacy of need and the great opportunity to partner with long-standing community programs.


There are many opportunities to volunteer with Higher Achievement in their afterschool mentoring program.


Contact [email protected] for more information!

Date

Thursday | November 23, 2017

Time

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM eastern time

Location

211 North Whitfield Street #475
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15206

Volunteering at Assemble

Assemble connects artists, technologists, and makers with curious adults and kids of all ages through interactive gallery shows, community talk backs, learning parties, and workshops focused on teaching STEAM principles (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).


There are many opportunities to volunteer with Assemble in their afterschool and weekend programs.


Contact [email protected] for more information!





Date

Thursday | November 23, 2017

Time

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM eastern time

Location

4824 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15224

Volunteering at Assemble’s Saturday Crafternoons

Assemble connects artists, technologists, and makers with curious adults and kids of all ages through interactive gallery shows, community talk backs, learning parties, and workshops focused on teaching STEAM principles (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).


There are many opportunities to volunteer with Assemble in their Saturday Crafternoon programs.


Contact [email protected] for more information!

Date

Saturday | November 25, 2017

Time

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM eastern time

Location

4824 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15224

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 | November 26, 2017

Time

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM eastern time

Location

6022 Broad St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15206

Be a Middle School Mentor

Program Overview: Be a Middle School Mentor (BAMSM) is a school-based mentoring program focused on career readiness and academic achievement. We pair participating students with mentors that promote academic success and character development by: 1) offering guidance and encouragement; 2) piquing interest in career pathways; and 3) modeling positive behaviors.
BAMSM is a program of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania and that Communities in Schools of Pittsburgh (CIS) operates at 5 sites on the Northside of Pittsburgh
This is a recurring, weekly volunteer opportunity. Mentors meet with their mentees every Monday 11:45 am – 12:30 pm through May. Currently, Morrow has 7 mentees on a waitlist. With your help, we can provide one of these students with a caring, adult mentor.

Date

Monday | November 27, 2017

Time

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM eastern time

Location

3530 Fleming Ave
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15212

Be a Middle School Mentor

Program Overview: Be a Middle School Mentor (BAMSM) is a school-based mentoring program focused on career readiness and academic achievement. We pair participating students with mentors that promote academic success and character development by: 1) offering guidance and encouragement; 2) piquing interest in career pathways; and 3) modeling positive behaviors.
BAMSM is a program of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania and that Communities in Schools of Pittsburgh (CIS) operates at 5 sites on the Northside of Pittsburgh
This is a weekly, recurring mentoring opportunity. Mentors will meet with their mentees every Tuesday 12:50 pm – 1:20 pm through May. Currently we have 9 mentees on the waitlist. With your help, we can provide one of these students with a caring, adult mentor.

Date

Tuesday | November 28, 2017

Time

12:50 PM - 1:20 PM eastern time

Location

810 Arch St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15212

Prisons and Plates

Join Repair the World Pittsburgh, Amachi Pittsburgh, Community Kitchen Pittsburgh, Revival Chili, and FIT Farms for a meal and a panel discussion on the role of the food industry for citizens re-entering society after incarceration. This event is free and open to all, and will be catered by Revival Chili. 

Date

Thursday | November 30, 2017

Time

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM eastern time

Location

6022 Broad Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15206

Be a Middle School Mentor

Program Overview: Be a Middle School Mentor (BAMSM) is a school-based mentoring program focused on career readiness and academic achievement. We pair participating students with mentors that promote academic success and character development by: 1) offering guidance and encouragement; 2) piquing interest in career pathways; and 3) modeling positive behaviors.
BAMSM is a program of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania and that Communities in Schools of Pittsburgh (CIS) operates at 5 sites on the Northside of Pittsburgh
This is a weekly, recurring volunteer opportunity. Mentors will meet with their mentees every Thursday 11:45 am – 12:45 pm. Currently we have 15 students on the waitlist for a mentor at MACS. With your help, we can match one of these students with a caring, adult mentor.

Date

Friday | December 1, 2017

Time

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM eastern time

Location

1 Heinz Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15212

Be a Middle School Mentor

Program Overview: Be a Middle School Mentor (BAMSM) is a school-based mentoring program focused on career readiness and academic achievement. We pair participating students with mentors that promote academic success and character development by: 1) offering guidance and encouragement; 2) piquing interest in career pathways; and 3) modeling positive behaviors.
BAMSM is a program of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania and that Communities in Schools of Pittsburgh (CIS) operates at 5 sites on the Northside of Pittsburgh.
This is a weekly, recurring volunteer opportunity. Mentors meet with their mentees every Friday 12:35pm – 1:20 pm. At Manchester there are currently 5 students on the waitlist for a mentor. With your help, we can provide one of these students

Date

Saturday | December 2, 2017

Time

12:35 PM - 1:20 PM eastern time

Location

1612 Manhattan St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15233

Education Justice in Pittsburgh Panel


Come join Repair the World’s EduCrew for a panel discussion on education justice, as we consider what education currently looks like in Pittsburgh and what needs to change. Our panelists include:

Moderator: Tracey Reed, The Grable Foundation
Tracey is Chair of the Board of A+ Schools – the local “watchdog” organization for the Pittsburgh Public Schools. For just over a year, she has been a Program Associate with the Grable foundation – a foundation that is committed to improving the lives of children in our region. Prior to working for Grable, she was the Manager for Agency Investments for Youth and a Consultant for United Way of Allegheny County. She has been a faculty member in the College of Education at Ohio University and an instructor in the Schools of Education at University of Maryland and University of Pittsburgh – teaching courses in History of Education, Politics of Education and Social Foundations of Education. She has worked in development for a small nonprofit, in the child protection system for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and for an injury research center. Her first professional position was high school English teacher in Frederick, Maryland. These seemingly divergent professional experiences have one thing in common – they are all focused on improving the lives of children. She believes that in order for schools to change in meaningful ways, children must be given power and adults must change their minds.

Rachel Amankulor, PennCAN
Rachel worked as a teacher at a Catholic girls school in Harlem before she ventured into the world of documentary filmmaking. Her work on a film about the first charter high school in Silicon Valley changed her career trajectory and inspired her commitment to education advocacy. Motivated in part by witnessing the legal hurdles and political battles that the film’s charter school had to overcome just to open its doors, Rachel decided to head to law school. She earned her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. After practicing as a litigator for several years in the private sector, Rachel found her way back to education when she became Assistant General Counsel for Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City. Rachel lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and their two sons.

Wendy Smith, Higher Achievement
Prior to working at Higher Achievement, Wendy was the Director of Community Initiatives and Partnerships at United Way of Allegheny County (now United Way of Southwestern PA). She was also the Director of Policy and Planning, Special Assistant to the Office of Child Development and Early Learning Deputy Secretary for the Commonwealth of PA, as well as the Policy Director for the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development. At Higher Achievement, Wendy provides strategic vision, fundraising, and general management, and oversight of the Pittsburgh affiliate.

Sunnana Chand, Remake Learning
Sunanna moved to Pittsburgh in June 2015 to help advance learning innovation throughout the southwest Pennsylvania/West Virginia region. Prior to her work with Remake Learning, Sunanna was the Community Outreach Coordinator for Mayor Melvin “Kip” Holden of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She led a multi-sector public health network, the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative (Healthy BR), that worked to better health outcomes for low-income Baton Rouge residents. Sunanna also taught 1st and 2nd grade in Baton Rouge, during which time she saw first hand how technology could engage her students, especially those who did not respond to traditional teaching practices. Sunanna graduated from Vanderbilt University with an M.Ed in International Education Policy & Management. She also has a BA in English and Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jess Gold, Assemble
Jess is a creative educator from Pittsburgh, PA. She believes deeply in the power of art, digital media, and creativity as tools of education, empowerment, and community-building, and she centers these things in her work with youth. Jess has taught, coordinated, and planned youth arts and digital media programs with Assemble, Literary Arts Boom [The LAB], the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, Digital Corps, and others.






Date

Wednesday | December 6, 2017

Time

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM eastern time

Location

6022 Broad Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15206

Cocktails with a Conscience: Baking a Difference

Join Repair the World: Pittsburgh and Challah for Hunger CEO and Founder Carly Zimmerman Monday December 11th for cocktails. The event is part of a national letter writing campaign addressing food security and hunger on college campuses. Additionally, we will be making challahs that you will be able to take home.

Date

Monday | December 11, 2017

Time

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM eastern time

Location

6401 Penn Avenue
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]
  • 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]
  • 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.
  • 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]