Join the Corps

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

Repair the World’s Service Corps mobilizes adults ages 18-29 to invest both in their communities and themselves through the lens of Jewish values.

Service Corps Members will spend a total of 10 hours per week:
1) Volunteering with local service partners, either in-person or virtually
2) Learning in Zoom sessions about Jewish approaches to justice and the lasting economic and social effects of the pandemic.
Learn more in our FAQs below. 
Applications for the spring cohort, which will run between March 7 and May 13, 2022 are now open.  Apply by our priority deadline on February 1.

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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 will combine virtual volunteering, in-person service, and national service campaigns around specific issues during the year. Full-time stipended fellows, known as “Serve the Moment Corps Members,” will serve at nonprofit partners in up to 15 cities across the country.

What is the Service Corps?

The Service Corps 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?

  • The Spring cohort will run between March 7 and May 13, 2022.

Where can I do this?

We are looking to create cohorts of Corps members in the following areas:

  • Atlanta
  • Bay Area
  • Boston
  • Brooklyn
  • Chicago
  • Cleveland
  • Colorado (Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins metro areas)
  • Harlem
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Pittsburgh

If you are looking for other ways to get involved in your area, you can explore virtual opportunities here.

What kind of volunteering will I be doing?

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.

What support will I receive?

  • Every Corps member will work with a local Repair the World staff member that will connect them with local non-profit partners.
  • Corps members will gather each week with other members of the City Cohort and the local Repair Staff to connect, debrief their experiences, and learn about local issues facing their community
  • 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 via Zoom.

How much is the stipend?

  • All Corps members have the option of a $1,250 stipend for their service.

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.

How many hours will I volunteer?

The Service Corps is a 10 hour per week commitment. Corps members will spend 8-10 hours per week volunteering, and an additional 1-2 hours per week in learning sessions. 

What about social distancing?

  • Volunteer placements are specific to each city and local partner organizations’ needs.
  • Local staff will work with Corps members to meet their needs and comfort as it pertains to COVID-19, social distancing, and accommodations. 
  • 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 addressing issues on the ground. Corps members who are able and willing to volunteer in these placements will wear PPE supplied by Repair the World.
  • 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 Spring open on January 3, 2022 
  • Priority Application Deadline February 1, 2022
  • Final Application Deadline February 28, 2022
  • 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 the corps.

Who is eligible to apply for the Service Corps?

The only eligibility for the 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.

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

  • No, you do not. The 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.
  • Repair the World 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.

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 staff member 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 Service Corps, please contact Melissa Levine at melissa.levine@weRepair.org.

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