Repair provides thousands of young adults seeking ways to have meaningful impact in their communities–but who often lack the necessary tools–with service opportunities that meet the needs of local partners, rooted in Jewish values and heritage. Repair’s signature program, Communities, engages young adults in community-identified service projects and educational programs across nine U.S. communities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Chicago, Detroit, Harlem, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Miami. In some communities, Repair is also expanding to work with teens and families seeking meaningful service. At Repair, learning and reflection take place both during volunteer projects and in separate educational programs such as Shabbat dinners and "cocktails with a conscience" events. This work is led by a mix of Repair the World Fellows and professional staff that recruit and engage their peers to work alongside local partners and build a lasting community of volunteers.
Repair’s philosophy is that meaningful service can be a powerful way to address community needs, stand in solidarity with others across lines of difference, and move volunteers to further advocate on behalf of impacted communities. Therefore, all of Repair's work is done in deep partnership with, and not “for,” the community, through partnerships with local organizations addressing food justice, education inequity, housing justice, and more. Repair's focus on framing and reflection at each of its programs also creates a unique combination of service and learning, to provide partners with volunteers that are sensitized to the dynamics of power, privilege, and systemic inequity that intersect with their service. We have learned from partners that this approach helps them deepen their impact: in our most recent survey, 92% of partners plan to continue their relationship with Repair.
Nationally, Repair’s digital resources and campaigns enable people to engage in critical conversations around racial equity, gentrification, and more. Repair is also committed to sharing best practices for service, training and collaborating with peer national organizations, and bringing Repair-style programs to new cities.