UPCOMING EVENTS

PeerCorps Spring Info Session!

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Wednesday | February 20, 2019

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The Dialogue Project: Community Responses to Hate Crimes

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sunday | February 24, 2019

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An Evening of Creative Health and Wellness

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Wednesday | February 27, 2019

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We Wear the Mask Documentary Screening

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sunday | March 10, 2019

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PeerCorps Spring Info Session!

Parents and 6th-10th graders- come learn about the spring session!


Repair the World staff will give an overview of the program and current PeerCorps Mentors will talk abou their experience in the program thus far. We will share about the 4 volunteer opportunities happening this spring and give plenty of time to answer any questions you may have!


6-10th graders welcome to register at any time on a rolling basis at www.peercorps.org.

Date

Wednesday | February 20, 2019

Time

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM eastern time

Location

6022 Broad Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15206

The Dialogue Project: Community Responses to Hate Crimes

The Dialogue Project, is a series of quarterly dialogues open to adults and teens of all view and backgrounds. All that is required is a desire to understand and willingness to listen with the goal of tackling our country’s most pressing issues. 


The conversation on February 24th will explore how different communities respond to hate crimes experienced by their own communities and how they respond when other communities face similar tragedies. 

Date

Sunday | February 24, 2019

Time

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM eastern time

Location

6022 Broad Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15206

An Evening of Creative Health and Wellness

Join Repair the World for a night of creativity and self care! Join InterPlay Pittsburgh along with representatives from Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival and OMA Center for Mind, Body, and Spirit!

-Interplay is an active, creative way to unlock the wisdom of the body. InterPlay is easy, fun, and life changing. It is based in a series of incremental “forms” that lead participants to movement and stories, silence and song, ease and amusement. In the process, we discover the wisdom in ourselves and our communities. InterPlay integrates body, mind, heart and spirit.

-Representatives from the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival will facilitate making handmade hearts. Their heart making aims to foster compassion for those impacted by acts of violence and hatred, and discouraging future acts of this nature. The hearts can be found all over the city as the project has become a sign of hope and love since the October 27th massacre.

-OMA Center for Body, Mind, and Spirit takes a spiritually-based holistic approach to the wellbeing of individuals, families & community, offering programs for youth, trauma-healing, & more. Art in the Garden, Trauma Informed Training for Teachers and Parents, and Workshops in Mind, Body & Spirit from practitioners locally, nationally and internationally are a few of the programs that they offer.

If you know or have a creative way of performing self care, please reach out to us! We would love to set you up with a table or area to share your skill.

Date

Wednesday | February 27, 2019

Time

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM eastern time

Location

6022 Broad Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15206

We Wear the Mask Documentary Screening

Join Beth Shalom and Repair the World for a brunch and screening of Tammy Thompson’s documentary, We Wear the Mask, The Hidden Face of Women in Poverty. 

Date

Sunday | March 10, 2019

Time

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM eastern time

Location

5915 Beacon Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15217

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Repair the World Pittsburgh Volunteering Interest Form

Repair the World Pittsburgh is excited for you to participate in its education justice, food justice, and and anti-poverty volunteering. By filling out this form, you're signing up to hear from one of our Fellows about your interest in these service opportunities. 
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Programs of Interest
Below, please find information about our current volunteer opportunities in three issue areas: Education Justice, Anti-Poverty work, and Food Justice. At the bottom of each section, you can indicate your interest in working with that partner. Feel free to check as many or as few volunteering opportunities seem aligned with your interests. After you hit submit, we'll get in touch with you help make your partnership with these crucial organizations happen.


OPCD's School 2 Career youth program breaks the cycle of poverty by preparing at-risk youth for college and career success. School 2 Career is looking for subject tutors to help students study during the after school hours of 4:00-5:30 PM.

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. They are looking for mentors to join them on Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6:00-7:00 PM.

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). Volunteer opportunities include after-school help, "Saturday Crafternoon" help, and providing extra hands at Assemble's First Fridays exhibit & 21+ nights.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh empowers people to transform their lives through lifelong learning, digital literacy, and connections to others. Our focus this year is to recruit volunteers for their Reading Buddies Program. Reading Buddies act as caring mentors who read with kids and provide homework help during drop-in hours. The library also has a wide array of other volunteer opportunities that our Fellows are able to connect you with.


Circles East Liberty is an anti-poverty organization in East Liberty that partners individuals within the community with those living in poverty in order to provide them with the tools and support they need to get out of poverty. There are volunteer opportunities to cook a meal for a Circles meeting for around 40-60 people as well as opportunities to provide childcare during weekly Tuesday evening meetings.



412 Food Rescue addresses the disconnect in distribution--in supply and access-by rescuing food abou to go to waste and directly distributing to organizations that serve communities in need. As a volunteer you will distribute unsellable, fresh food from their source to nonprofit and community organizations in need of food.

Just Harvest educates, empowers, and mobilizes people to eliminate hunger, poverty, and economic injustice in our communities by influencing public policy, engaging in advocacy, and connecting people to public benefits. Volunteer opportunities include working at a tax clinic, working a booth at a Farmer's Market, helping individuals with their SNAP applications, as well as many more options.

Grow Pittsburgh works to teach people how to grow food and promote the benefits gardens bring to our neighborhoods. They believe access to locally-grown, chemical-free fruits and vegetables is a right, not a privilege. Grow Pittsburgh envisions the day when everyone in our city and region grows and eats fresh, local and healthy food. Volunteer opportunities include working a the Garden Resource center or acting as an aide for an in-school gardening class.

Weekly Gardening Opportunities - we work with a wide range of community gardens located in the East End neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. Our fellows work alongside volunteers at these gardens Monday-Thursday evenings. If you are interested in more information as gardening season approaches, please email us at [email protected]



If you have any questions, please write to Rachel Schwartz at [email protected] Thank you so much for your interest.

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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!
  • 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]