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
Kat Moulton
Operations/Administrative Coordinator

Mark McGilvery
Field Operations Specialist
Ross Topol
Preparedness & Response Specialist
Dorothy Maples
Response Program Coordinator

Avi Scher
Director of Disaster Recovery
Our Board
Rhonda Schwartz
Lynn Liberman
Vice President & Secretary
Steve Kleinglass
Josh Abraham
Alex Arbit
Bette Birnbaum
Tracy Figueroa
Seth Gardner
Rich Kronfeld
David Kohn
Noam Lockshin
Sally Lorberbaum
Elie Lowenfeld
Matt Rosenberg


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.

Read more about how Steve Lear and others started NECHAMA


NECHAMA has been a top-rated nonprofit on for the last 4 years.

Click on one of the badges below to read amazing testimonials and stories about the work we do.

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. is a former board member and is currently serving as the Interim President & CEO.

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.

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IRS Letter of Determination 2014: IRS 990 2013: IRS 990 2013: Financial Audit 2012: Financial Review 2012: IRS 990