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Nechama - Jewish Response To Disaster

Rating: 4.97 stars   132 reviews 7,245

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 community spaces affected by natural disasters. 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

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  

I can not say enough good things about NECHAMA. I worked with this organization in October 2014 and again in January 2015 in Detroit after the flooding in August 2014. The people that work for NECHAMA and the volunteers that I've worked with are deserving of so much love and respect. Because of my experience in Detroit, I have found my passion for disaster relief and recovery. I could not thank this organization enough for pushing me in the right direction and I would be so happy to volunteer with them again.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered with Nechama in June 2015 to respond to the flooding outside of Austin. They are extremely professional and knowledgeable. The respond to a disaster with so much expertise that it makes being a volunteer very enjoyable because you can see how much good they do. I cannot highly recommend working with Nechama enough.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first served with NECHAMA on the Itawamba tornado response in Mississippi while serving in AmeriCorps NCCC. They offered such a welcoming and supportive environment to not only the disaster survivors, but also the volunteers. They created an engaging and fun environment, while still making the importance of the work we were doing known. I'm so grateful to know a group of such kind and caring people who continue to motivate and inspire others to do good. My time with them has been some of the most meaningful experiences in my life and I look forward to continuing to serve with them on future responses.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first started serving with Nechama in 2012 on super-storm Sandy after my first service term with AmeriCorps NCCC. Since then I have been on 3 more disaster deployments 1 of which was with Nechama. I have worked in call centers, mucked and gutted homes, participated in rebuilding efforts, and done just about everything in between. No experience has ever been the same as the one that was offered by Nechama. I have never learned so much, in such a fun environment while working with such incredibly motivated leaders and volunteers. Not only am I thankful for the volunteering and learning opportunities that I have been given through this organization but I am exceptionally grateful to have made some great friends along the way.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with Nechama and along side them and it has always been a meaningful experience. The first time was during Thanksgiving after Hurricane Sandy. They expertly walked the line of making my volunteer experience engaging and fun while still making it clear the importance of the work we were doing and how seriously they were taking it. They were well organized and dedicated to the job, and I walked away with a profound respect for what the Nechama staff is capable of accomplishing.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I decided to volunteer with NECHAMA after Hurricane Sandy hit NY and NJ. I had previously worked with AmeriCorps NCCC and it was through my friends in that organization that I discovered NECHAMA. They described it as a nonprofit that had great people with unimaginable work ethics, as I soon found out first hand. The staff and volunteers of NECHAMA went above and beyond to help victims whose lives had been altered with such gravity that when I went to my first site, I was able to tell who was the homeowner we were helping right away. The storm was written all over their face, but so was the look of unwavering gratitude towards the workers of NECHAMA who had been there day in and day out and who would continue to be there until the job was finished. The dedication of the staff and volunteers was an incredible thing to be a part of, even if it was for a short period of time. I was honored to work with them, and I hope I get to do so again.

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?

A lot

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?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

To preface this review, whatever I say here, would not be enough to even come close to describing how amazing NECHAMA is as an organization. This disaster response group knows how to bring volunteers in and make them feel at home, teaching each volunteer everything they need to know about the project. I've volunteered at about five different disasters with NECHAMA and each time, I have the best experience. The work they do is positively uplifting and is all done with a purpose. It is the most rewarding experience and NECHAMA's approach to helping out at disasters is second to none. NECHAMA reaches out to anyone in need, with no discrimination, which is why I keep going back.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have volunteered with NECHAMA several times over the past two years and each experience has been exceeding any and all expectations. The organization is a well oiled machine when it comes to dealing with any disaster. They are organized, fun, willing to go to any length to help others and welcome all volunteers with open arms individually and as a whole. Each time I have volunteered they have provided me with housing, food, and enough work to make my time worth it and with the ability to see the impact made. I would quit my job and just tag along with this organization volunteering everywhere if money didn't rule the world. But alas, I would recommend this organization to anyone looking to volunteer and cannot wait for my next opportunity to serve with them.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I just got off of serving 5 weeks with NECHAMA through AmeriCorps NCCC and couldn't have hoped for a better experience. The people of NECHAMA are the greatest and truly care about every volunteer as well as every person/family they provide services to. Even though they are a Jewish disaster group, they do not discriminate against anyone and they help anybody in need, no matter their denomination. I had the best experience and would work with them again in a heartbeat.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to get their name out more so more people are aware of this 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?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been serving along side Nechama for the past three years. Nechama is an amazing organization filled with caring, compassionate people with hearts of service! Their attention to detail and love for what they do not only shows in the way they interact with homeowners but assures a powerful volunteer experience! If you are looking to have a meaningful service experience full of hard work and passion this is your organization where you are sure to get things done while learning from some of the best!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

NECHAMA is amazing! I can't speak highly enough about the organization. I worked with them during a year of service, and those three weeks were my favorite part. I helped doing flood disaster relief. The intense impact made by NECHAMA in just a few short days was enough to bring anyone to tears, volunteers and homeowners alike. The team we worked with was phenomenal, helpful and guiding as my team learned to help out. It was a fun, incredible and impacting experience I'll never forget. NECHAMA not only helped the lives of others, but helped my world view change as well. Thanks for all you do, NECHAMA!

 
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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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