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NECHAMA - Jewish Response to Disaster

Rating: 4.97 stars   124 reviews 2,266

Nonprofit Issues:

Disaster Aid, Human Services

Address:

4330 Cedar Lake Rd. S St. Louis Park MN 55416 USA

Mission:

NECHAMA - Jewish Response to Disaster is a 501(c)(3) volunteer organization providing clean-up and recovery assistance to homes and businesses affected by natural disaster. Guided by the Jewish value of tikkun olam, repairing the world, performing good acts, and helping the stranger, NECHAMA offers a helping hand in the spirit of goodwill and creating mutual respect and understanding among people.

Target demographics:

Disaster Survivors

Direct beneficiaries per year:

446 households with cleanup assistance and/or repair and rebuild services.

Geographic areas served:

General United States / Long Island, NY

Programs:

We are currently serving the Long Island, NY area with repair and rebuild services in response to Hurricane Sandy.

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Reviews for NECHAMA - Jewish Response to Disaster

Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

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I first met NECHAMA: The Jewish Response to Disaster in September 2005 immediately after Hurricane Katrina decimated the Mississippi Gulf Coast and, by overwhelming the poorly constructed levees, New Orleans. I was serving as lead staff for the United Jewish Communities (now Jewish Federations of North America) Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Mitigation Committee. In that role, I was responsible to help coordinate the resources of all Jewish non-profit organizations as the Jewish community responded with money and hands-on resources to the immediate and long-tern needs of victims in the disaster zones and in evacuee host communities. NECHAMA immediately deployed two full trucks/teams to the outskirts of New Orleans and UJC helped support its efforts with several grants. NECHAMA drew hundreds/perhaps thousands of volunteers to its work sites over an extended stay in the region and helped gutt and prepare for rebuilding hundreds of homes in the region. In August 2006, my wife and two sons joined me for a week's deployment with NECHAMA where we worked alogside volunteers from several states in three different homes that week. In one case, the homeowner, an African American lay church leader, told us that in the entire year since Katrina hit, the only people who reached out to help him clean his home were the volunteers provided by NECHAMA. In subsequent years, I spent some time visiting work crews deployed in Atlanta and helped facilitate arrangements for NECHAMA deployments in upstate New York and Nashville. This is an organization which, with very limited financial and human resources, provides immeasurable benefits to victims in their darkest moments after a disaster strikes. Its volunteer and professional leadership is selfless and totally committed to the Jewish tradition of "Tikkun Olam", healing the world. In light of all the good it has done and continues to do, NECHAMA should be recognized for its efforts as a world-class volunteer, non-government organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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When you think of disaster, planning, and subsequent rehabilitation efforts needed to aid a "disaster" affected community, more often than not we think of the disasters we hear and see on the news. But the smaller disasters which don't reach the front pages of news still require tender love and care of the affected communities. This is why I love Nechama, no matter how big or small a disaster, they are there to help the families, home owners, and communities who need it. I had the pleasure of working alongside Nechama in July 2014 during my service year as a corps member in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. We responded to a flood in Rock Rapids, Iowa. Mucking and gutting home in triple degrees weather did not phase anyone because the service we provided was needed and severely lacking. This is also why I spent the month of December volunteering with Nechama in Detroit providing flood relief and will continue to volunteer with Nechama in the future whenever I can. They care about the people who need aid, not about the number of homes or number of grant funding they can receive. No area is out of the question, no person too old or young to help or be helped. It has been an honor volunteering with Nechama and I wholeheartedly recommend volunteering with them to anyone who wants to give back to our wonderful world.

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Nechama is amazing! Last summer our community was hit by a devastating flood. Homes and possessions were destroyed and hope was threatened! However, Nechama came into town and lead the way toward recovery! Their personnel, experience, knowledge, resources/equipment and most importantly desire to help people brought our community hope and inspiration. Words can not adequately express my gratitude for Nechama but I will forever be thankful for the way they assisted our community in our time of need.

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Volunteering with Nechama has been a life changing experience! The staff on site will go over tools and safety guidelines and training! Everything about this non profit organization is tangible! i now know how to take down dry wall, dismantle heavy objects, gut walls and ceiling tiles, spot mold, sanitize work with other volunteers and work together as a team! I love this organization so much! This organization deserves a lifetime full of stars!

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Bill and Mark made it so easy to volunteer with Nechama. I helped with the snow clearing after the blizzards in 2015. They set clear expectations, gave us a mission and we were off! All the people we helped were thrilled with the work and the professionalism of the organization.

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I first volunteered with Nechama in Long Island for Sandy response, and have since been on 2 other disaster responses with them. I have fallen in love entirely with Nechama. The people who work for Nechama are some of the most kindhearted and amazing people you could ever hope to meet. They all care so much, to the point where it becomes wildly contagious.
If you are looking for an organization that gets you fired up about getting dirty and working hard for a great cause, you'll feel right at home. I could (and have) speak about how at home I feel with these people, and how indescribably wonderful everything about Nechama is for hours.
These people are my second family, and I cannot wait to do it all over again soon.

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Great staff, projects and opportunity to do some great things for the world!

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I am an AmeriCorps NCCC team leader who served with Nechama in Detroit mucking and gutting basements from the August 2014 flood. Nechama showed my team the ropes in those basements and guided is through a successful disaster project. They were professional, courteous, thorough and a lot of fun to be around. I would happily work with this organization again, and look forward to seeing them in the future.

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Margie and I joined the NECHAMA disaster relief effort in Livonia, AR earlier this year following a devastating tornado. It was our first experience with a hands-on disaster relief effort. We were so very impressed with Dan and Mark that want to create a group who will be ready to respond to a NECHAMA led effort in the Mid-South. For those in the Memphis area, please come by Temple Israel on Sunday, December 7, 2014. We will have an information and sign-up table there between 8:30AM - 1:30PM.

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I am an AmeriCorps NCCC team leader and I had the opportunity to serve alongside NECHAMA during the Detroit Flooding of 2014. We were mucking and gutting homes, which I had never done. The people of NECHAMA were the most helpful and positive people I have ever served with. They were extremely knowledgeable and willing to let everyone learn on their own. They made my time in Detroit fun and meaningful. If you ever have the chance to serve alongside any of the NECHAMA staff or volunteers I highly suggest you do so.

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