This article originally appeared in eJewishPhilanthropy on June 13, 2022
Arnold Lau, a 26-year-old freelance actor based in New York City, felt that the two months he spent volunteering with the Jewish service organization Repair the World between March and May 2022 were invaluable. Crucially, for him, the experience was also affordable.
Repair placed Lau with Commonpoint Queens, a food pantry where he helped distribute groceries to people in need, work that gave him an opportunity to connect with people in his borough. He would not have been able to do the work, which came with a stipend of $1,250, without being one of the 135 service volunteers, fellows and staff who received additional financial assistance on top of that from Repair. Lau received another $700 in economic assistance, for a total of nearly $2,000.