NECHAMA is a voluntary organization that provides natural disaster preparedness, response, and recovery services nationwide. Through the years we have brought comfort to disaster survivors by training and mobilizing thousands of volunteers to help communities after floods, tornadoes, and other natural disasters.

NECHAMA is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.

Our Heritage

NECHAMA's work is rooted in the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam, Hebrew for repairing the world through acts of goodness. We offer help to all people affected by disaster on the basis of need regardless of religious affiliation.

We also welcome anyone willing to volunteer and serve others to join us. Our collective work is not done in an effort to proselytize; rather we train, equip, and lead volunteers that assist disaster survivors in the spirit of goodwill and creating mutual respect among all people.

Click here to read D'var Torahs written about NECHAMA's work.
Our Staff
Bill Driscoll Jr.
Executive Director
Jessica Jacobs
Operations/Administrative Coordinator
Carolyn Amacher
Director of Philanthropy

Dan Hoeft
Operations Manager
Mark McGilvery
Field Operations Specialist
Sandy Recovery Program

Kat Moulton
Program Director
Ross Topol
Program Coordinator
Alex Theran
Program Manager
Our Board
Rhonda Schwartz
Lynn Liberman
Vice President & Secretary
Steve Kleinglass
Gene Borochoff
Immediate Past President
Alex Arbit
Bette Birnbaum
Seth Gardner
Rich Kronfeld
David Kohn
Sally Lorberbaum
Matt Rosenberg
Anna Schorer
Chuck Selcer


We grew from a group of caring friends with a car trunk full of tools helping after a local flood to a nationally respected disaster preparedness, response, and recovery organization that leads volunteers to get dirty doing good around the USA.

Read the St. Paul Pioneer Press article recounting NECHAMA's first deployment.


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National VOAD

National VOAD is the forum where nonprofit organizations that respond to disaster as part of their overall mission share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle in the United States.

NECHAMA is a member of National VOAD and five state level VOADs. Our Executive Director Bill Driscoll Jr. serves as Secretary on the National VOAD board of directors.

National Service

One of NECHAMA’s strongest allies is the AmeriCorps NCCC program. NECHAMA trains hundreds of NCCC members each year in how to safely and effectively respond to disaster.

During active deployments, NECHAMA regularly leads teams of AmeriCorps NCCC members in the field. We are true believers and vocal supporters of National Service programs and have on several occasions hired NCCC alums, after their year of service, for program support roles.


NECHAMA is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax deductible.

Tax ID#


2013: IRS 990

2013: Financial Audit

2012: Financial Review

2012: IRS 990

IRS Letter of Determination