It's a difficult to understand disasters and the aftermath. We see them on cable stations and our local news stations. Homes that are ripped from foundations in tornadoes, buildings bought to rubble in earthquakes, tsunamis that roar through villages leaving death tolls that become just a figure. That is till you're in one. Pictures don't show the smell of mold and tears of many too proud to realize that our lives are forever imprinted with a nightmare.My name is Liz Treston, I live in Long Beach, NY. October 29, 2012 seems so distant for many that did not have the Atlantic come surging through it's city and front door. We were lost, devastated by the sheer destruction. We're also stereotypical New Yorkers. We wanted things fixed and back to normal the next day. We were in for a sad awakening.I don't know how we met. I was helping my neighbors gather information from disaster relief groups. There were many names. There are many souls upon this planet given a calling that says I refuse to let others give up. There will be hope and a tomorrow.My hope and a number of souls came to City, in a white van with NECHAMA written on the side. My family was assessing our damage. It was cold. We were lucky in many ways no one was hurt. The van stopped at my house. I was expecting another offer a water and a meal as I protected myself in a cocoon of uncertainty."We're here to help", said a young man. His face clean shaven and his hands with recent callouses. "Think we're okay". I knew their were others who were in worse shape then myself. When you're in the thick of the guts of your house laying in the street you don't think clearly. You worry about others. Maybe this man saw my soul. He slipped me a card and said to call when I was ready. I gave him the names of neighbors that I knew needed more help.That's what happens. You see kindness and a glimmer of a sense that things will be okay.In a few months it will be 4 years since Superstorm Sandy slid up from the South and stole out houses. It never stole our souls though because of the men and women from places that come to post disaster areas like NECHAMA.I hope that you can give to this incredible selfless group. You truly never know when a disaster will come. I am glad to know that when the water recedes NECHAMA will be there for you. When the water did recede in Long Beach I became an active member in learning and disseminating information. With the guidance of Dorothy Maples and others from the Long Term Recovery Groups we started our own non-profit to help our residents prepare for future emergencies. Again without NECHAMA and it's continuous efforts across boundaries and borders too many souls will feel lost. Help them let those in disaster areas find their way home.
NECHAMA is a leading organization when it comes to disaster response in the United States. Their staff is friendly, fun, and well organized. When volunteering with NECHAMA you will certainly know that you are making a positive difference for each family and an entire community.
Having never volunteered in disaster relief, I really didn't know what to expect. I decided on Nechama since their message was clear - mucking and gutting homes/come one, come all. After having served first as a day volunteer and then later as a residential, I couldn't be more pleased with my decision. This organization works so smoothly from top to bottom that it makes things so very simple for all volunteers involved. All anyone needs to do is show up with a good attitude, ready to go and they provide tools and leadership. Without question, I look forward to working for and with them in the near and far future. If you are looking for a group to volunteer with and/or support in any other way you see fit, I highly recommend this exceptional non profit.
I'm trying really hard to find something to be critical of but I just can't. What can I say...they really know what they're doing in this department and have everything covered.
I found Nechama on a website when I wanted to volunteer in Baton Rouge. I spent a week with them and my experience was awesome. The staff, team leaders, and my fellow volunteers were great and hard-working people. Even though it was hard work, it was very rewarding and fun to be working side by side with like-minded people. Many friendships were made as we helped many families.
I would do it again and only with Nechama.
I have a long history (20 years) of volunteering and recently joined NECHAMA on a 5-day volunteering trip in Baton Rouge, LA to help with their flood relief efforts. I was very happy with my stay. The organization was on the ground, set up with tools and actively welcoming volunteers very shortly after the disaster. The staff was wonderful - they are passionate about what they do, very knowledgeable, and wonderful to be around. I received a response within a few hours at the most from the time I applied or asked any follow-up questions. In fact, I don't think I've experienced that good of a response time with any other organization I've ever volunteered with. The work was well-organized and meaningful. We did mostly muck and guts as well as debris removal, as would be standard after a flood. We were provided with all the tools and safety equipment we needed, and our team leaders were a great resource. The base we stayed at, in the basement of a church, was simple yet comfortable. We had access to showers every day after work. I had a great experience with NECHAMA from the minute I expressed interest in joining the project until my last day with the team. We all worked hard, the atmosphere was friendly and fun, and I truly felt appreciated. I would go back and volunteer with them in a heartbeat, and wholeheartedly recommend them.
NECHAMA is hands down the BEST nonprofit I've worked with! I'm currently working for NECHAMA as a Team Leader down in Baton Rouge and it has been an amazing experience thus far. I first worked with NECHAMA earlier this year in St Louis while I was in NCCC and couldn't wait to join them again. The staff are the most selfless, caring, organized, and dedicated people I have ever met and same goes for the volunteers that they recruit along the way. It has been a blessing and I am very humbled to be here and to be a part of such a huge effort here in Baton Rouge. Looking forward to working with them again in the future!
I have just returned from working with NECHAMA, gutting homes in Baton Rouge. It was an absolute wonderful and challenging experience. My goal was to contribute, in some small way, to the flood victims. I was very fortunate to find NECHAMA because they were very effective and efficient in their actions. The leaders of this organization certainly exemplify their mission, giving comfort and aid selflessly. They work very hard to walk the talk. The passion, spirit and dedication of the organization is giving flood victims a sense of hope in the aftermath of their tragedy. Please contribute in some way to this organization. It tore me up to have to leave and return to my other responsibilities, but I will return to these wonderful people and their effort.
I have volunteered with Nechama three separate times within the last year and will be more than happy to volunteer with them again whenever I can. They are a great organization starting with their leadership who are knowledgeable and hard working down to the volunteers they bring in who are always willing to come back because it was such a good experience.
Volunteers of any skill set can volunteer here and make a difference, Nechama has all the tools and leaders who are great and willing to teach. Along with providing housing Nechama makes volunteering easy and cost effective.
Disasters are never good but Nechama has the people, tools and knowledge to make a difference in survivors lives. All they need are more volunteers. Be a volunteer, be the difference, I guarantee you will want to come back again and again!
We partnered with NECHAMA to bring a group of Boston youth to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi for a week-long service trip in April 2015. The NECHAMA staff and volunteers were the definition of excellence. Each and every one of them were professional, dedicated, and friendly. The youth quickly bonded with NECHAMA, which led to an empowering and unforgettable experience for them. Thank you, NECHAMA, for providing such an enriching and engaging week of service for our teens! Read about the youths' experience here: http://southbostontoday.com/youth-ambassadors-hurricane-katrina-relief-service-trip-a-great-success/
The Long Island region was brought to its knees by Superstorm Sandy. Disaster groups like NECHAMA came to our aid and lifted us up at a very devastating time not only showing us the ropes but also helping create the organizational teamwork necessary to address such large scale impact . NECHAMA's leadership and volunteers were professional and generous, motivating and kind, productive and sincere, efficient and compassionate--the complete package. They also welcomed local, unskilled talent to assist with relief and recovery work which helped toward community resiliency. We are forever in their debt. Diana O'Neill, Executive Director, Long Island Volunteer Center, an affiliate of HandsOn Network
NECHAMA are life savers!! My community was ravaged by Super Storm Sandy. We were at a loss how to even begin to recover and rebuild. NECHAMA came in and helped restore lives. Thank you!!
This organization, and especially its members, are to be commended on their selfless work to ease the suffering of disaster victims. These people travel from one disaster to another, helping people put their lives back together. We need to thank them and enciurage them andsupport them.
I see the pictures and stories of all the good Nechama does , and I know a few of the people who serve with the organization and the have servant hearts and main goal is to help others.
I worked with a disaater response organizatiln that partnered with Nechama in responding to at least 4 disasters: Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York, flooding in St. Louis, and tornadoes in Washington, Illinois and Moore, Oklahoma. They are an excellent organization. They have wonderful staff and dedicated volunteers, and they get a lot of work done. They are caring, compassionate, unassuming individuals who are well trained and experienced in providing services to disaster survivors. Moreover, they are excellent partners, working well with other organizations to maximize the impact of their work.
After the devastation of Sandy we were very fortunate in working alongside such compassionate and professional people as this organization. I would say we were very fortunate and grateful to have them here to help us in our time of need
I have seen pictures and heard accounts of some of the places they helped with flood disasters. They seem well organized and they all seem to have a genuine desire to help these victims start the recovery. They are very hardworking.
This organization was beyond helpful and resourceful to my clients during an extremely difficult time in their lives .. They gave them hope and helped them to rebuild their homes and rebuild their lives.. Even in the dead of winter, with no heat source , volunteers worked tirelessly to assist my clients ... I can't say enough about this organization, their volunteers and their workers..
A truly wonderful organization filled with dedicated hardworking people who care! I'm blessed to have had the opportunity to work along side of them during a local disaster.
These AWESOME PEOPLE worked and worked and worked in my community after superstorm Sandy and they were nothing short of AWESOME! I helped them, but I am nowhere near their skill set!
Having worked in the recovery process after Hurricane Sandy on Long Island, New York, I can say that NECHAMA is true to its cause, giving comfort and aid selflessly to those who are unable to help themselves. The passion, spirit and dedication of the organization certainly gives residents a sense of hope during recovery, while fulfilling their mission through deeds of loving kindness.
Such a great organization, really committed to helping those in need. They do wonderful work and create a great atmosphere for volunteers to be useful and make a difference. Thank you for the wonderful experience!
I volunteered with Nechama in St. Louis MO. Dorothy was an amazing person continuing to get the work order through and made sure volunteers where having fun and feeling needed. Cody who was a volunteer told many volunteers how to complete work at its finest. Made sure everyone was safe and having a great time. Even though I have worked with both Dorothy and Cody in the same program in the past it was great to see their dedication to help out communities that have been devastated by a natural disaster. Nechama is a great organization and I will volunteer with them again soon!!
I volunteered with Nechama after the flooding in St Louis, MO. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Within just a few hours we cleaned out two basements and got to experience first hand the difference a small group of people can make given the experience and direction Nechama provides. They are a great organization and have done so much to help those that can no longer help themselves. Would highly recommend spending a day or two working with them. Everyone can do their part!
I recently worked with NECHAMA in St. Louis, MO and had a phenomenal experience. The staff was super friendly and helpful. NECHAMA requested the help from an AmeriCorps NCCC team and we were sent out to help muck and gut homes for two weeks. Not only was I able to obtain valuable skills to use in the future, the staff always found a way to make the work enjoyable and meaningful. I would highly recommend anyone to work with this organization should they get the chance!
I worked with NECHAMA for two weeks in St. Louis, MO, and I have nothing but great things to say about that experience. From how well prepared they were for work and to host volunteers, to how attentive they were while explaining the work that needed to get done, they were fantastic. They made my teammates and I feel at home while working with them in St Louis, and the communication and flexibility from all parties made this a fantastic experience! Thanks Dorothy, Cody, and Ross, it was a pleasure working with you all!
I worked with NECHAMA for a little over two weeks in St. Louis after the New Years Floods and it was an absolutely incredible experience. The staff are dedicated to making it a great experience for all volunteers, always willing to teach new skills and appreciating the efforts of the group. I'm looking forward to another opportunity to volunteer with them again, and encourage anyone else to do so as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dan and Mark are truly making a difference in the world. In environments of tremendous hardship and tragedy they make helping out a fun and meaningful experience. I can't wait to link up with them again in the near future to continue assisting the less fortunate.
I worked with NECHAMA in January of 2014 to assist with Superstorm Sandy disaster relief in New York. I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with them and gained a lot from the experience. The days were well planned and organized and we were able to get a lot of things done in a short amount of time. I felt that I was able to build friendships with the staff as well as the homeowners that we interacted with and this is an aspect of service that is unique or hard to come by. Overall, NECHAMA works as a very efficient organization and has projects that every volunteer can contribute to.
I spent about 7 months with Nechama in NY working on their Hurricane Sandy recovery project. Never in my life have I met a harder working, more passionate group of people. The staff and volunteers at Nechama genuinely love the work they do and the impact they have on the communities they serve goes way beyond the countless physical hours they put in. If you are looking for a well organized, efficient and inspiring nonprofit to volunteer with I highly recommend Nechama.
My family and I traveled from Chicago to NY to help NECHAMA repair homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy. We stayed with NECHAMA's tireless volunteers in an old Army Barracks, shared meals, and worked along side them each day cleaning, repairing, sanding and painting various homes. These folks were so well organized, worked extremely hard, all living on a food budget of several dollars a day (the power of group grocery shopping and cooking). We were inspired by their positive spirit, enduring work ethic, tradesman like expertise, and incredible efficiencies. We received far more via learning and inspiration than we gave in labor and dollars. It was truly one of the most rewarding experiences of our collective lives. Thanks NECHAMA! The Roth Family
I volunteered with them over a couple of days in Southern Indiana. They are very organized and easy to get along with. Overall it was a good experience.
It was great working with them on my AmeriCorps service project helping those impacted by the flooding in metro Detroit. In Seprember 2014, we assisted resident senior citizen in Oak Park, MI to make sure her basement was cleared out. They have a great group that really came in and got the work done. I would work with them again in the future.
I met Nechama the summer of 2014 when they came to oak park Michigan like angels to assist our community with horrible home flooding damages. I volunteered 2 times and was in awe of their can do energy, kindness and
philosophy of helping to repair the world. I cannot praise them high enough and the recipients of their help were in awe and ever so grateful As Nechama volunteers went house to house tearing out moldy basement walls and sanitizing the damaged properties. Nechama is a gem and deserves your support!
My first time volunteering was in the Detroit crisis! NECHAMA staff were well organized, welcomed me, provided all the equipment and protective gear needed for the job. Our team of about 8-10 worked well together. When there was a question or assistance needed all I had to do was ask, and someone pitched right in to get the job done. "Doing good, getting dirty" was a day well spent with this top-notch organization! JS
NECHAMA is awesome. It was a great pleasure working with the volunteers. they are all pleasant and knowledgeable of what to do to assist in helping victims of disaster look forward to quick recovery. I will definitely volunteer with NECHAMA again.
A year ago, I wanted to donate money (for a bad midwest town, hit by a tornado). When I looked on my computer, I saw the Nechama agency. This September (2014), I received an Email (about helping, at the Detroit area, following the August flash floods), I retired two years ago (from 38 years with Mich Social Services) and had been a Red Cross disaster volunteer (for over ten years). I thought, this would be a different way, to express my Jewish feelings (about repairing the world-tekun olam). I have averaged two days, per week (this October) and plan, to finish out, until Oct 31 (when the Americorp volunteers and Nechama, go to other disaster sites). I'm 68, but have tried to keep up and assist the team (in cleaning out the previously flooded basements and tearing out carpeting and paneling sections). I have truly had several, good, physical workouts and have indeed become, quite dirty, yet have found my body energized and my heart very tranquil. Not only, have I experienced a very basic, quantifiable definition, of helping others truly 'dig out' of a rough spot. I have had the extreme pleasure and honor, of working, among young, intelligent, dedicated, hard-working, young adults. Not only, have they renewed my faith (in the 'younger generation'), but, I have experienced a very well coordinated agency (Nechama). I cannot, easily leave the Detroit area (to chase after other disasters), but I can and will track, the blessed works, of Nechama. I will also plan, to send in donations. Most people think, that heroes fly around in capes, drive in Bat Mobiles, and have have super powers. But (truth be told); sometimes, heroes come to help (dressed, in overalls, helpmeets, work gloves, boots, air filter masks, and dedication. Dan and Rachel (the Nechama coordinator and team leader), were kind, patient, tireless, and were 'on top of their games and projects. If they have to come back here (for some other disaster), If I have the time and energy; I'll be their. Outstanding group.
NECHAMA is amazing. I spent a day volunteering with them and was so impressed by their staff, and their willingness to help others.
I have volunteered with Nechama for several years. Recently, it was very personal, as I helped to clean up flood damage on the block that I lived on, in a city where I used to live. Nechama's willingness to travel to disaster sites, and ability to engage local volunteers is a strength of the organization, along with the dedication of key leaders and volunteers.
Nechama provided me with an opportunity to help victims in a 'hands-on' manner and to develop my skills as a volunteer.
I spent a week out helping with Hurricane Sandy repair work in mid-2013. The days were very well organized, my time was well spent, I got to know the people's houses we were working on, and I learned a ton!!! I really appreciated the flexibility that the organization had - you could stay for one day or multiple months. I'll definitely be working with this organization again, and highly recommend it for others!
I first worked with NECHAMA in January 2007 as part of their relief efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. My most recent experience with NECHAMA was in July 2013 when I brought out a group to assist with their efforts on Long Island after Hurricane Sandy. Both times I found the process (from initial sign-up through the actual volunteer date(s)) to be very well organized and the staff to be extremely well trained and knowledgeable. The staff is able to work very quickly to get a group of virtually inexperienced volunteers up to speed about the task at hand. Because of the staff's great guidance, the volunteers feel very accomplished at the end of the day. I am looking forward to volunteering with NECHAMA again!
the heartaches of 2012 left me desperate to do something valuable. maybe because the worst ones shared my name, Sandy.
As I searched for affordable volunteering, looking as far as Guatemala, I realized my childhood home was a 5 hour drive away.
My connection last Feb with NECHAMA in Bayshore was one of the most rewarding weeks I have spent in a decade. The physical and emotional work was equally balanced by support and comradery (and humor) from the volunteers (there for months) and staff.
I was heartbroken leaving with so much to be done and knowing I was only one of many volunteers who would become a part, of the NECHAMA family.
I am looking forward to joining them in rebuilding on Long Island this Winter.
My favorite part about working with Nechama is that Nechama doesn't sit around. Nechama gets to work. I've worked with Nechama three different times since 2010, in Nashville, Milwaukee, and New York. It can be so frustrating waiting on responses from the public sector. It can be discouraging that the private sector ignores those who cannot afford to help themselves in the aftermath of disasters. It is inspiring that Nechama continually responds quickly and efficiently to natural disasters. It is a testament to this great organization that Nechama continues to bring in energetic, willing volunteers, and especially that it has so many return volunteers. Nechama is a reason to be optimistic about our society, as it shines in even the worst of situations. I am proud to have several memories of working with Nechama, and I know I will form more in the years to come.
Working as Team Leader with AmeriCorps NCCC, I received 24 hour's notice that my team would be heading to Nashville, TN to help with flood recovery efforts. Initial information from AmeriCorps was minimal, so we didn't really know what to expect. About 48 hours after arriving in Nashville, it was clear my team and I were in for a life-changing experience. Our time in Nashville was, indeed, life-changing, and this is mostly if not entirely because of Nechama - Jewish Response to Disaster. We had the privilege of working with Dan Hoeft, a couple other staff members, and several Nechama volunteers. In an organized fashion, Nechama brought swift action in the form of direct service to people whose homes had been severely damaged by the floods. Nechama was all about doing the work that needed to be done. We worked long hours and worked incredibly hard, led by Dan and the Nechama crew. In one month we mucked and gutted a few dozen homes, and provided support to a few dozen individuals and families that were in crisis. My time with Nechama helped propel my into a career in human services non-profits. Nechama changed my life as I watched it change the lives of so many others.
I have been privileged to work as a volunteer with Nechama on Long Island for the post-Sandy recovery and rebuild. The staff and Field Team Leaders make up an incredibly compassionate and skilled group of people who are dedicated to bringing relief to those who need it most. Following the storm, many of us on Long Island - and across the country - felt a need to do something ... to help. Nechama provided the leadership, expertise and resources, helping families get back into their homes and resume their lives. It's very rewarding as a volunteer, but more important it's a wonderful service for the community. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Nechama.
I am a 72 year old multi- return volunteer. I am also used to working with all age group people to accomplish tasks.
The Nechama model allows rapid integration of volunteers and maximizes their time on site. The jobs are scoped out in advance, materials and tools are always available and they take advantage of the skill level and expertise you already have.
There is a great degree of comfort in knowing working conditions are safe, well monitored and food and housing are more than adequate.
On a more personal level, it has been great meeting, interacting, and helping in the lives of those affected by disaster. This is not only victims but volunteers.
I volunteered with Nechama in Moore OK and also in Lyons CO. They are an incredible group to work with. The staff is very professional and fun to work with in challenging environments. They show up to help immediately after disaster strikes and add tremendous value to the clients the moment they arrive on the scene. I look forward to volunteering with Nechama again in the future.
I have volunteered three different times with NECHAMA doing Hurricane Sandy disaster response work. I have worked with other disaster relief groups, but NECHAMA is by far the most organized and equipped to deliver the relief these clients urgently need. I like the way they scope our the work at the job sites and have the necessary materials and plans ready to hit the job running. Their team leaders treat each client with dignity, respect, and warmth. NECHAMA recruits a wide range of ages, religions, and skills in the volunteers, but they consistently deliver outstanding results by training and motivating the crews.
I plan to volunteer more with NECHAMA.
Big cheers to Nechama! They do amazing work, have an awesome staff, and really do good work for people who need it the most. I spent over a month with them in Lyons, CO after the flooding and it was one of the most rewarding months of my life. And they make it fun to work. I noticed all the volunteers coming back day after day, they felt the same way I did I guess. And look at the reviews. 93 of them, with a 5 star average. That is amazing! Thank you Nechama, and thanks to all of you volunteers who make it possible for Nechama to continue the service that they do.