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Are you a courageous and compassionate leader?

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

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Moment Corps Members
The Serve the Movement Service Corps, now in its second year, mobilizes young adults ages 18-29 to invest both in their communities and themselves through a Jewish service-learning experience.
Between June 21 – July 30, Corps Members will volunteer virtually or in-person, following CDC guidelines, with local service partners working to combat the lasting economic and social effects of the pandemic. Each city will have a cohort supervised by a local Repair the World staff member to integrate the themes of the program in a small group setting. Corps Members will spend approximately 10 hours per week volunteering, connecting with the Jewish community, and discussing foundational elements of social justice.

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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?

“Serve the Moment” is an initiative of Repair the World in partnership with the Jewish Service Alliance, which aims to mobilize tens of thousands of Jewish young adults and college students in acts of meaningful service and learning to address the COVID-19 crisis, its economic fallout, and the current movement for racial justice.

What is the Serve the Moment Service Corps?

The Serve the Movement Service Corps, now in its second year, mobilizes young adults ages 18-29 to invest both in their communities and themselves through a Jewish service-learning experience. Corps Members will volunteer virtually or in-person, following CDC guidelines, with local service partners working to combat the lasting economic and social effects of the pandemic. Each city will have a cohort supervised by a local Repair the World staff member to integrate the themes of the program in a small group setting. Corps Members will spend approximately 10 hours per week volunteering, connecting with the Jewish community, and discussing foundational elements of social justice. 

What are the dates of the Service Corps?

  • Summer: June 21-July 30, 2021
  • Fall Dates TBD

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 approximately 8-10 hours/week volunteering, and an additional 1-2 hours a week elevating their professional skills and accelerating their personal growth through virtual learning sessions hosted over Zoom. The goal for Corps Members is to have a 10 hour per week commitment.

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?

  • Applications for Summer open on April 12th
  • Priority Application Deadline:  May 10, 2021 
  • Priority Applicants will receive acceptance status by May 24
  • Final Application Deadline:  May 31, 2021
  • Final deadline applicants will receive acceptance status by June 4

Step One- Application:  Fill out the online application. 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 20-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 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 hosted over Zoom.

How much is the stipend?

  1. All Corps Members have the option of a $750 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 $750.

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:
  • Bay Area
  • Boston
  • Brooklyn
  • Chicago
  • Cleveland
  • Denver
  • Detroit
  • Harlem
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Pittsburgh

I have a trip planned for one week of the program. Can I still participate?

Yes! As long as you are clear with your City Coordinator and the nonprofit organization you are placed with, we are happy for you to take a week off and make up those hours another week or at the end of the program. 

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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