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Are you a courageous and compassionate leader?

Looking to make a difference this fall?
This is your moment. Join our stipended, part-time Service Corps.

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Moment Corps Members

From September 30-December 11, spend 12 hours a week volunteering with a local service partner, learning with peers about effective systemic change, and mobilizing your Jewish community to show up for our neighbors.

Serve the Moment Corps Members will focus on addressing and learning about pressing issues that stem from systemic racism and economic injustice, including food insecurity, learning loss, unemployment, and social isolation relating to COVID-19. Corps Members are eligible for a $1,250 stipend at the completion of the program. Will you Serve the Moment with us?

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Volunteering with different organizations through Serve the Moment has re-connected me to my community in a time when I’ve felt very self-isolated and helpless. I’m watching the world falling apart and it breaks my heart; I am such a small person but something as mundane a task to me, such as delivering groceries or packaging meals, allows me to take part in helping those in need. It lets me be a tiny part in healing the world and I am so thankful for the experience. – Natalie Guthrie, Bay Area

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FAQS

What is Serve the Moment?

The Jewish Service Alliance, through its program “Serve the Moment,” will mobilize tens of thousands of Jewish young adults and college students in 100,000 acts of meaningful service and learning to address the COVID-19 crisis, its economic fallout, and the current movement for racial justice. Serve the Moment is powered by Repair the World and will combine virtual volunteering, in-person service, and national service campaigns around specific issues during the year. Part-time stipended fellows, known as “Serve the Moment Corps Members,” will serve at nonprofit partners in up to 12 cities across the country.

What is the Serve the Moment Service Corps?

The Serve the Movement Service Corps is a new project to mobilize Jewish young adults and college students (ages 18-29) through a part-time stipended fellowship program. This fall, Corps Members will serve from September 30th to December 11th across twelve cities in-person and/or through virtual volunteering. Corps Members will spend 10 hours a week volunteering with service partners, and an additional 2 hours a week elevating their professional skills and accelerating their personal growth through virtual learning sessions.

What are the dates of Serve the Moment Service Corps?

This fall, Corps Members will begin serving on September 30th to December 11th. There will also be a Spring Cohort of the Serve the Moment Service Corps, with dates to be announced later this fall. 

What kind of volunteering will I be doing?

Serve the Moment Corps Members will volunteer while learning and reflecting with their peers through training led by national leaders in the field. There will be an intentional focus on social inequity, systemic injustices (racial, food, and education), and addressing urgent needs through meaningful service rooted in Jewish values.

How many hours will I volunteer?

Serve the Moment Corps Members will spend 10 hours/week volunteering, and an additional 2 hours a week elevating their professional skills and accelerating their personal growth through virtual learning sessions. 

What about social distancing?

  1. Each placement will be different in each city. Some of our partners are requesting Corps Members take on virtual work to help them during this time, meaning volunteering can happen virtually from home. Others are in need of volunteers who are willing and able to work on the frontlines addressing issues on the ground, Corps Members who are able and willing to volunteer in these placements will wear PPE supplied by Serve the Moment. 
  2. Once you’re accepted into your city, you will work with your coordinator there to be matched with between 1-3 organizations.

What is the application process like?

  1. Applications open on August 10th and will be considered on a rolling basis until September 14th. The earlier you apply, the better your chances are of being accepted. We will be interviewing and admitting applicants as we receive their applications. The application process is as follows:
  • Step One- Application:  Fill out the online application here. The application is pretty short, and will ask you for some personal information, a copy of your resume, and for you to submit a short video  (this is in lieu of essays and does not need to be fancy – you can talk directly into a smartphone or computer camera) or submit a written response in lieu of a video. 
  • Step Two- Interview:  If you move forward you will sign up for, and have a 30 minute interview with a member of our team. All interviews will be conducted over Zoom.
  • Step Three- Offer: Once you complete your interview, you will receive notification within one week if you have received an offer to join Serve the Moment.

Do I have to be Jewish to be a Corps Member?

  1. No you do not. The Serve the Moment Service Corps is an initiative that works to address the needs of all members of the community in which we work. You don’t need to be Jewish to be a Corps Member. You do need to be excited about mobilizing the Jewish community to serve. Jewish values are infused into the experience. You should also be ready to explore how Jewish history and customs inform our responsibility for creating a better and more just world.
  2. The Jewish Service Alliance is explicitly looking to build a cohort that reflects the multitude of identities that exists within both the American and Jewish communities. Applicants who identify as BIPOC, Jews of Color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and non-binary people; women; and differently abled people are encouraged to apply. 

What support will I receive?

  1. Every Corps Member will work with a local coordinator that will connect them with local non-profit partners.
  2. All Corps Members will engage in weekly learning and reflection with national leaders in the field, and the program will kick off with an Orientation and Training between September 30th and October 5th. 

How much is the stipend?

  1. All Corps Members have the option of a $1,250 stipend for their service.
  2. We invite you to opt into the level of stipend that feels right to you and meets your current needs up to $1,250.

I want to serve, but the stipend isn’t enough to support me. Is there financial aid available?

We do not want financial barriers to prevent anyone from serving. If there is financial need, accepted Corps Members are eligible to apply for additional funding through our Equity Fund. 

Who is eligible to apply for the Service Corps?

The only eligibility for the Serve the Moment Service Corps is that the applicant is between the ages of 18-29 who is authorized to work in the US. There are no requirements in terms of education or work experience. The application is open to all who want to serve.

Where can I do this?

  1. We are looking to create cohorts of Corps Members in the following cities:
  • Atlanta
  • SF Bay Area
  • Boston
  • Brooklyn
  • Chicago
  • Cleveland
  • Denver
  • Detroit
  • Harlem
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Pittsburgh

Who do I contact with more questions?

If you have any questions about the Serve the Moment Service Corps, please the team at servethemoment@werepair.org

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