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February 29, 2012

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February 29, 2012

I have had the great fortune of volunteering with NECHAMA for 15 years. While I am the Board (though I swore that I would never attend another meeting after I retired) my real passion is working as a volunteer in the field after the disaster. This is where I meet and work with some of the greatest people in the world -- both the other volunteers and our clients, the disaster victims. NECHAMA has built it's reputation based on the simple principle of "how can we continue to provide better service to our clients ..... those who have lost so much, so suddenly. The staff, though incredibly small in number, are among the most dedicated and compassionate people I have known. I can not count how many times I have heard a spontaneous comment from a volunteer say, "This has been a life changing experience. I certainly has for me!!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 22, 2012

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October 25, 2009

Recently I joined Nechema on their deployment in the Atlanta, Georgia area following the flash floods that occurred there in early October. The day began with helping to do the final spray washing an... more

February 22, 2012

An amazing organization that takes the eternal values of the Jewish tradition as learned through our texts and applies them directly with our hands and feet! This is an important way to make the world a better place especially when people are in the midst of the challenge of recovery than to be present to them through the work of NECHAMA!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 25, 2009

Recently I joined Nechema on their deployment in the Atlanta, Georgia area following the flash floods that occurred there in early October. The day began with helping to do the final spray washing and sterilizing of a home that had already been cleared. It was hard and at times, messy work, but everyone pitched in and did whatever was needed. While there, a man approached us to ask if we could possibly help his neighbor. The operations manager, who was very welcoming and easy going, explained the procedure. A short time later, the neighbor came and we began to clean out his house. Along the way, we removed soggy walls, insulation and contents that had not yet been cleared out. On the lawn were still many personal belongings. As we carefully picked them up, we would check with the owner to ask if he wanted to keep them. It was clearly a difficult process for this gentleman. As the day wore on and his home was slowly gutted, it was possible to see a small flicker of hope in the midst of his shock. It was amazing to be with Nechama, a group of volunteers ready to assist in helping people find their way to recovery. With all the work being done at no charge and all by volunteers, the sense of Tikun was not only real in the physical transformation of the homes, but also in the personal sense both for the victims and for the volunteers.

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

the kindness of the professional staff and the volunteers it attracts. Everyone comes with an incredible sense of what it means to help people whose lives have been devastated by natural disaster.

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

amazing!

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

better reach out to recruit more volunteers as well as be more regionally located to be able to assist better those whose lives meet with natural disasters.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 21, 2012

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February 21, 2012

The survey lets you pick one "Role" from the list - "Volunteer", "Client", "Board Member", etc. I have been fortunate to have been at one time, ALL of the above choices. As a volunteer, I worked in New Orleans. As an employee, I worked in Western Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and South Dakota. As a board member, I worked in Southern Minnesota, Northern Minnesota and Minneapolis. And as a client right in my own home and neighborhood. The reason I am a board member now is because Nechama so intimately touched my heart, soul and existence that I had to be a part of the organization. I simply cannot put into words what Nechama has done for me. Nechama mucked and mopped out my house, and Nechama mucked and mopped out my life. Working for them was the best thing I ever did. Nechama is small, but pound for pound, it is the most effective non-profit ever. You will never find a non-profit of this size with this much reach and impact.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 21, 2012

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February 21, 2012

I joined the Board of NECHAMA in November 2009 moved by the mission to provide clean up and recovery services to uninsured and under-insured homeowners in the aftermath of flooding and devastating wind related storm damage and to represent the Jewish community in providing these services. During my tenure with NECHAMA, I have come to understand the critical role that faith based organizations like NECHAMA play in our national system of emergency management and disaster recovery by coordinating with national, state and local emergency management professionals, recruiting and supervising volunteers, providing much needed equipment and manpower, and doing the hands on work necessary to help disaster ravaged communities begin the recovery and rebuilding process. NECHAMA has a stellar reputation among emergency management professionals and disaster recovery organizations nationwide for its response and readiness capabilities, willingness to oversee unaffiliated volunteers, and willingness and ability to train other volunteer organizations to perform recovery work. The work of NECHAMA is gratifying not only for the comfort and support our work brings to disaster survivors and their communities without regard to religion, race or economic circumstances, but also because NECHAMA provides a positive reflection of the Jewish community and Jewish values to the community at large, affords members of our community a platform to live out their Jewish values by helping with disaster recovery as donors or volunteers, and builds bridges between members of the Jewish community and other ethnic and faith based groups as we work side by side for the common good.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 28, 2009

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October 28, 2009

A friend of ours inspired us with the idea of participating in ‘good work’ by giving some combination of the 3 T’s – giving of our Time, Treasure, and/or Talent. We all have something to give – and it is our privilege and indeed a Mitzvah (Hebrew for “commandment”) to do so. Being involved in NECHAMA fulfills our desire to participate in Tikkun Olam, the imperative to repair the world – which reflects the Jewish values of Justice, Compassion, and Peace. In fact, NECHAMA derives its mission from this Jewish value. Volunteering with NECHAMA is the perfect family activity. With our three children ranging in age from 18-23, we still enjoy sharing activities that reinforce our family values and provide opportunities for the family to work together on meaningful projects. Shell Lake and Siren, WI and a total of 12 weeks in New Orlens, LA gave us a wide range of expiriences and introduced us to many wonderful people, both volunteers and clients. Our involvement with NECHAMA reminds us of the things we need to think about on a daily basis – and be thankful for.

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

seeing the thankful faces and the priase og the people whose homes we helped save.

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

The hands on helping.

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

willing to teach all of the volunteers the tasks to complete a project. no question was too trivial. they were patient with us all.

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

open satellite deployment centers (for quicker equipment disbursement) to be able to respond through out the US.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 27, 2009

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October 27, 2009

I have been involved for years and have been on deployments from North Dakota to Georga and the work they do is Life changing

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

giving my time to help others

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

Staff that give 100%

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

grow to help more people

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 27, 2009

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October 27, 2009

Nechama has changed my life. Because of my experiences with Nechama since 1993 I have learned the importance of relationships and the lack of importance of material items. I have benefited from the "doing"" vs the talking. I have met incredable people and have made lifetime friendships. I have been rewarded with large amounts of psychic income by helping victims of natural disasters. My life has been richly rewarded by my involvement in this organization representing the Jewish Community at the time of disasters helping those in the greatest need.

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

the feeling of satisfaction in helping reestablish hope for a victim of a natural disaster.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 25, 2009

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October 25, 2009

Nechama gets disaster victims started on the road to recovery. Volunteers work in teams to clean out debris from homes. Nechama's goal is to help those with the greatest need, and volunteers from every background, with or without experience are welcome to join.

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

giving me and others the chance to act in an important and necessary way when a community or region has suffered storm damage.

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

the obvious results of a day of work - things go from chaos and destruction to cleaned out and ready to rebuild.

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

teens through retirees, men and women, frequently professional people who are moved by the plight of those who need help. Some volunteers are those who simply show up, wanting to help, and others are returning from other "deployments".

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

expand the number of bases of operation from its current home in the upper midwest to areas with great need, especially along the south and east part of the country.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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