UPCOMING EVENTS

BUGs Homewood Gardening Volunteering

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tuesday | September 25, 2018

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Pittsburgh Farm Crew: How to Winterize Your Garden

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Wednesday | September 26, 2018

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Garfield Community Farm Volunteering

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Thursday | September 27, 2018

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Sheridan Ave Orchard Volunteering

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Monday | October 1, 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 | September 25, 2018

Time

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM eastern time

Location

7043 Monticello Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15208

Pittsburgh Farm Crew: How to Winterize Your Garden

When: 6pm to 8pm Wednesday September 26, 2018 
Where: Repair the World Workshop 6022 Broad St.
Potluck Dinner 
*No prior gardening experience needed

Date

Wednesday | September 26, 2018

Time

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM eastern time

Location

6022 Broad St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15206

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 | September 27, 2018

Time

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM eastern time

Location

509 Wicklow Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15224

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 | October 1, 2018

Time

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM eastern time

Location

315 Sheridan Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15206

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Our Work

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

OUR TEAM

  • 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 Schwartz

    Program Manager, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • Rachel Schwartz

    Program Manager, 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]
  • 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]
  • Alix Cramer

    Workshop Coordinator, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • Alix Cramer

    Workshop Coordinator, Repair the World Pittsburgh
    Alix was born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada and it was there that she received her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba. After college, Alix moved to Tel Aviv where she worked in Marketing for Israeli start-ups in the high tech industry. Alix loved being immersed in Jewish culture every day, but really missed the feeling of being an involved member of a close-knit community and wanted to turn her passion for volunteerism and community engagement into a career. This led her to return to Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba to pursue an MBA and focus on non-profit management. Upon graduation, Alix moved to Tucson, AZ where she worked in Marketing for the Tucson Hebrew Academy. She loved being able to promote Jewish education and begin her career in the non-profit sector. Alix is thrilled to be a part of the Repair the World team and serve as Pittsburgh's Workshop Coordinator. When she's not working, Alix loves exploring her new city of Pittsburgh with her husband and their two boys.[email protected]
  • Aderet Averick

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • Aderet Averick

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh
    Aderet is a graduate of the CUNY College of Staten Island, where she studied biology. Her passion for education justice is born out of her experience as a Hebrew school teacher, where she had the opportunity to both teach the language itself but also increase children’s confidence in the learning process. She believes that everyone has the right to a quality education regardless of their socioeconomic background. She is also a science nerd and has drawn countless diagrams of lab rats over the years.
  • Julie Cohen

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • Julie Cohen

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh
    Julie attended Muhlenberg College where she majored in American Studies and earned an Elementary Education Certification. After graduating, she served as an AmeriCorps member through City Year Philadelphia where she supported a group of students in math, literacy, and social emotional learning. As a future educator, it is important to her that all children and communities have equal access to education. Additionally, flamingos are her favorite animal!
  • Moses Hetfield

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • Moses Hetfield

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh
    Moses studied history at Stanford University and was the president of the campus’ Challah for Hunger chapter. He worked to organize the Jewish community and the larger Stanford community to raise money for food justice causes. As a future teacher, he wants to work towards a world in which everyone has the opportunity to obtain a high quality education. Fun fact: when he was four years old, he wrote love songs from all the US presidents to their wives.
  • Josh Hoffman

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • Josh Hoffman

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh
    Josh is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in public policy. While in Ann Arbor, he volunteered with a food bank called Food Gatherers, where they sorted food to distribute to residents in need living in the area. He is passionate about food justice and believes that everyone has the right to affordable healthy food. Also, the comedian Dave Chappelle used to live in his house!
  • Elaine James

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • Elaine James

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh
    Elaine studied Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems at the University of California Davis. She also interned with and co-coordinated their Fresh Focus Program, which increased access to local food by distributing excess produce from the Student Farm to students on campus. She cares about food justice because she believes that it is a basic right to have access to nutritious, affordable, culturally-appropriate foods and that those who have access should help those with less access. She has lived in both the U.S. and Sweden!
  • Rose Osburn

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • Rose Osburn

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh
    Rose attended The College of Wooster where she majored in sociology and was the Volunteer Coordinator at the the Wooster Hope Center food pantry. She is excited to join the Repair the World Fellowship so she can further step outside her comfort zone by being in a new city, continuing to learn, and pursuing her passion for social justice with like-minded individuals. She has also jumped off the world’s highest bungee jumping bridge![email protected]
  • Savannah Parson

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • Savannah Parson

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh
    Savannah is a graduate of Juniata College where she studied Social Organization and Change. She served as the chairwoman of Genocide Awareness and Action Week and organized a week-long series of events that engaged the community in the tough topics of mass atrocity prevention, trauma, reconciliation, and understanding our role in all of it. She is ready to utilize her skills of community building, networking and allyship to make a difference in the Pittsburgh community.
  • Yasmin Sacks

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • Yasmin Sacks

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh
    Yasmin chose to join the Repair the World Fellowship because she’s passionate about giving back to Pittsburgh. As a Native Pittsburgh-er, Yasmin recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Media and Professional Communications. She has interned with "Art in the Garden" through OMA Pittsburgh, teaching kids emotional and social learning skills while utilizing the Borland Community Garden's beautiful outdoor space. Ask her about her collection of rock-salt lamps.[email protected]