Repair the World is offering micro-grants to support alternative break programs that focus on relief efforts in the aftermath of the tornado that recently tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, Oklahoma. The grants are being offered to inspire nonprofit groups to organize alternative break programs to help the battered region recover from the horrific natural disaster that left 24 people dead, destroyed more than 1,200 homes and businesses, and damaged another 10,000.
Alternative breaks are volunteer programs that offer young adults hands-on service-learning opportunities and give them the chance to experience how the integration of service, education and reflection can create a meaningful and positive personal change that can positively affect the communities they serve.
The micro-grants, which will range from $1,000 to $5,000, are being offered to cover costs involved with running alternative break programs such as travel, supplies, staff time and local housing. In addition, Repair the World will provide participating organizations with service-learning curricula tailored to disaster relief.
To be eligible for the grants, programs:
- Must be fully committed to engaging young Jewish adults (ages 13-35) in disaster response efforts
- Commit to at least 200 hours of service (e.g. 20 participants at 10 hours each or some other combination)
- Should utilize the disaster response service-learning curriculum developed by Repair the World
- Must be operating under 501(c)3 status or connected with an organization that does