Repair the World Atlanta, part of the national organization Repair the World that engages Jews and their communities to serve at the intersection of Jewish values and social change, has received a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta to expand this important work locally.
“The generosity of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta will fuel essential efforts to further ignite and inspire young adults to serve, take action to pursue a just world, and build bridges across lines of difference,” said Samantha Berinsky, city director, Repair the World Atlanta. “We are grateful for the Foundation’s investment in Atlanta Repair that enables us to expand our impact in our Atlanta communities as we serve to meet the needs of our local nonprofit partners.”
Emma Burns, a Fellow with Atlanta Repair from 2021-2022, said, “I serve because it honors and celebrates our innate interconnectedness. I think without Repair I wouldn’t have the resources or people to really delve into the communities I’m in and learn as much as I have learned.”
“Engaged communities are thriving communities,” said Ayana Gabriel, vice president of community impact for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. “At its core, Repair the World is committed to igniting a passion for education, service, and social change within the Jewish community, and we are pleased to be able to provide resources, through this generous gift from the Shulman family, to support their efforts.”
Since launching in Atlanta in 2018, Atlanta Repair has engaged 13,747 participants in 19,181 acts of service and learning (equivalent to 32,304 hours of service and learning). In this time, Atlanta Repair volunteers have donated 64,619 pounds of food, prepared or served 55,834 meals, donated or sorted 29,134 items, packed or delivered 16,873 care kits, and planted or cared for 10,902 plants on urban farms.
Atlanta Jews and their communities are making an impact on their city and themselves–according to the most recent evaluation data from 2021-2022, 81 percent of Atlanta Repair participants felt more connected to their neighbors and local community and 70 percent felt serving with Repair provided them with an entry point to do good in the world through a Jewish lens.