AVODAH The Jewish Service Corps Inc

Rating: 4.9 stars   73 reviews

Issues: Philanthropy, Religion

Location: 45 West 36th Street 8th Floor New York NY 10018 USA

Mission: AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps engages young people in direct work on the causes and effects of poverty in the United States. Participants in our service Corps program live out and deepen their commitments to social change and Jewish life through a year of full-time work at anti-poverty organizations in Chicago, New Orleans, New York, and Washington, DC.  This work partners Corps members with service providers and residents in low income communities and equips our Corps members and alumni to emerge as lifelong agents for social change, whose work for justice is rooted in and nourished by Jewish values. After participants complete this intensive one-year program, AVODAH’s partnership with American Jewish World Service provides a broad platform for long-term leadership in social change and Jewish life.
Geographic areas served: United States
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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212-545-7759
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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

As a current Corps member for AVODAH in Chicago, I am truly amazed by all the work the organization does to educate Corps members about activism and social justice, and to connect grassroots organizations who are making real change everyday. Even in my first month, I feel I have grown as an activist, as a Jew, and as a person committed to giving back.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how involved alumni still are in social justice work.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its holistic view on the complexity of social injustice.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

open, intriguing, and welcoming.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create a country-wide Corps of people working to change the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have known dozens of people who were participants in AVODAH. Each of them had a life-changing experience. They spoke about the community they formed with like-minded individuals and how much they were challenged at work and at home, but how much support they received as well.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Participating in programs that were led by alumni of AVODAH in which the alumni drew from their experiences.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How much they support and provide educational opportunities to Corps members.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Energetic. Willing to take risks. Mature. Fun.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide low-cost staffing to over 100 different organizations each year.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I work with nonprofit organizations for my job and so I know something about nonprofits. What AVODAH has that's amazing is the passion of young people working for social justice within the umbrella of their own heritage. The participants in AVODAH's year-long program are, to a person, amazing individuals who are making a difference in urban communities in the US. I am privileged to know some of them and honored to support the organization.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being a part of a community of people who live their values every day and dedicate an entire year of their lives, not to making money, but to helping others in need.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand the number of young people able to spend a year of service and by doing so leverage these dollars many times over by providing low-cost, high-quality people to organizations working on urban poverty.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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