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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.


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 have any questions, please write to us at [email protected]

Where: Sheridan Ave. Orchard, 315 N. Sheridan Ave
When: Mondays 5:30pm - dusk
Details: Join Repair the World in expanding and maintaining our garden on Sheridan Ave! All produce harvested will be donated to East End Cooperative Ministries.

Where: Enright Community Garden, 214 S Saint Clair St.
When: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays Monthly, 5:30 - dusk
Details: Enright Community Garden exists in partnership between Kentucky Ave. Schools and the local neighborhoods of East Liberty & Friendship. Get involved with the small but enthusiastic volunteer base that works at this garden!

Where: Sankofa Village Community Garden, 7543 Susquehanna St.
When: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Monthly, 5:30 - dusk
Details: Join Repair the World in volunteering at this community run garden that is used as a space for both growing and learning within the Homewood community.

Where: BUGs Monticello St. Garden, 7043 Monticello St
When: Wednesdays, 5:30 pm - dusk
Details: Volunteer with Repair the World and the Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Co-op (BUGs) to maintain their Monticello St. garden and hoop house.

Where: Garfield Community Farms, 509 Wicklow St
When: Thursdays, 5:30 pm - dusk
Details: Volunteer at this unique and large permaculture urban farm in Garfield. This weekly opportunity includes basic gardening, as well as frequent learnings around practical ecological gardening and learning.



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

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  • Zack Block

    Senior Director of Communities and Executive Director, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • Zack Block

    Senior Director of Communities and 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]
  • Julie Mallis

    Program Director, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • Julie Mallis

    Program Director, Repair the World Pittsburgh

    Julie Mallis is a multimedia artist and educator working with digital media, paint, installation, performance, sound and audience interaction. Their work focuses on building community, audio-visual experiences, speaking truth to power, and imagining new landscapes. Mallis has exhibited, performed and curated work across the United States including at The Andy Warhol Museum, The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Coaxial Arts Foundation, PhilaMOCA, MOCA Cleveland, Baby's All Right, The Silent Barn, Fringe Arts and more. Mallis has a joint degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Electronic Time-Based Media and in Cultural Anthropology from Carnegie Mellon University. Mallis helped develop and carry out artist exhibition programming of creative hub BOOM Concepts, from 2014 through 2018 as a founding Creative Director. They were recognized as Creator of the Year by the Pittsburgh Technology Council in 2016, alongside longtime collaborator and BOOM Concepts co-founder DS Kinsel. In 2018, they were commissioned to paint a 1000+ feet mural on the ground of Strawberry Way in Downtown Pittsburgh. It features colorful imagery interlaced within an interactive game asking bold questions about equity and justice to the audience. In addition to their work as an artist, they have built up and led the Positive Spin youth cycling program over the last decade. Across two different organizations in Pittsburgh (Bike Pittsburgh and MGR Youth Empowerment) they worked tirelessly with Pittsburgh public schools and area charter schools to ensure students in grades 4-12 had enriching and engaging after school activities related to bike safety. Engaging with all people about bike safety became central to their work with Bike Pittsburgh for many years, resulting in them hosting Bike Pittsburgh’s 6th annual women and non-binary biking forum. This forum sought to add elements of solidarity, community, and understanding amongst women and non-binary people through the lens of biking and transportation accessibility. These same themes of community, solidarity, personal enrichment, and accessibility run through all endeavors Mallis is involved with - at work or in the artist’s studio, their vision is constantly aimed towards how to better the future for themselves and other people, one day at a time.

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  • Rachel Libros

    Program Director Family and Teen Programming, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • Rachel Libros

    Program Director Family and Teen Programming, 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]
  • Alyssa Berman

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • Alyssa Berman

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh
    Alyssa attended the University of Pittsburgh where she double majored in political science and Jewish Studies. Alyssa has worked with the National Council of Jewish Women-Pittsburgh where she managed registration for the Back 2 School event which served over 500 children from underserved neighborhoods. She has experience managing donor relations and even overhauled the Council’s online donor database! Alyssa chose to join the Repair the World because she is passionate about infusing Judaism into her everyday life and into her social justice experiences. Alyssa is really proud of the fact that she helped found a chapter of the nation’s fastest-growing Jewish sorority at Pitt![email protected]
  • Maya Bornstein

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • Maya Bornstein

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh
    Maya is a recent graduate of Emory University where she majored in Sociology and Global Development Studies. Maya was a highly involved student at Emory, serving as President of Homeless Outreach Awareness Project and a Community Building and Social Change Fellow. Maya is excited to be joining the Repair tram because she is passionate about both food justice and education equity. She is really excited to be working directly with community members in Pittsburgh. Maya has three older siblings![email protected]
  • Ilana Drucker

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • Ilana Drucker

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh
    Ilana graduated from the University of Delaware after studying Biological Sciences. She most recently was a Fellow with Masa Israel Teaching Fellows, where she worked in an elementary school in Be’er Sheva, Israel. She collaborated with a host teacher to improve the quality of English education received by the students. Ilana is excited to join Repair the World to make a positive impact on the Jewish Community while learning skills and gaining experiences that will accelerate her future. Ilana lived in Hawaii for a year when she was younger![email protected]
  • Savannah Parson

    Senior Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • Savannah Parson

    Senior 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.
  • Nate Ulrich

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh

  • Nate Ulrich

    Fellow, Repair the World Pittsburgh
    Nate graduated from Juniata College with a major in Communication and Media Production. Nate a barista at a local coffee shop near Juniata College called Standing Stone Coffee Company. The shop’s main goal is to serve and engage with the community by providing an open and welcoming environment. He also shoots, edits, and publishes video content for the shop. Nate is excited to join Repair the World and make a positive impact on the lives of others. Nate has studied in, and visited, nine different countries in the past year![email protected]