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Spark Note: Repairing the World Around Us

By April 7, 2020April 4th, 2023JumpSpark

Repair the World Atlanta mobilizes Jews and their communities to take action to pursue a just world, igniting a lifelong commitment to service. Our young adult Fellows serve full-time for 11 months supporting community-based organizations working toward housing, food, and education justice. Fellows engage volunteers in meaningful service: a cycle of learning, action, and reflection. We believe that volunteering to meet the urgent needs of our communities is a universal value and we celebrate everyone at the intersection of identities they hold.

Serving our communities, especially during this trying time, continues to be Repair the World’s priority. While Repair the World has decided to put our in-person service and learning opportunities on hold, we are shifting our focus to consider how we can mobilize Jews and our neighbors to take action to repair the world as an essential avenue of support for people impacted by the unfolding circumstances. We have been grappling with the question, “what can we do to support those around us?” We know that inequity makes vulnerable members of our community even more affected in times of distress.

During this time of social distancing, Repair is supporting its partner organizations through social distance-safe volunteer opportunities and encourages you to get involved in any way that you feel comfortable: 

Become a Grocery Helper! Concrete Jungle, a non-profit dedicated to harvesting and donating fresh produce to those in need, is mobilizing volunteers to purchase and deliver essential food items for vulnerable families experiencing isolation due to COVID-19.  Sign-up to shop for and deliver groceries to your neighbors here.

Provide a meal to women experiencing homelessness! Rebecca’s Tent, an emergency weather shelter for women experiencing homelessness in DeKalb County, relies on volunteers to provide meals for the residents.

  • Sign up to cook and deliver a meal!  There are more than 20 openings in April. Women are now being housed separately to comply with social distancing. Food is needed for 6 women and should be divided into 6 separate portions.
  • Order essential items off of their Amazon wishlist

Donate for emergency groceries! PAWKids is continuing to support Grove Park families by acting as a distribution hub, providing meals that people can pick up and bring home on foot. 40% of neighborhood residents do not have access to a car. Donations will allow PAWKids to purchase food for families who lack access to transportation to designated school pick-up sites. 

  • Donate directly to PAWKids earmarking your gift for COVID-19 via PayPal
  • Or purchase gift cards for a local grocery store: Publix, Kroger, Walmart. Gift cards can be dropped off at PAW or mailed to: P.O. Box 20468, Atlanta GA 30325
  • Also accepting donations of laptops, phones and tablets for remote learning
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