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Help Communities Recover with NECHAMA

The Recovery Program of NECHAMA focuses on repair/rebuild needs in the months and years following a disaster. Through trips that combine field work with strong service learning curriculum, NECHAMA provides meaningful experiences for college groups, Hillels, and other youth groups. Trips stress the importance of helping others, all while helping out communities around the country recover from the effects of natural disasters.

NECHAMA and JDRC merged in 2015. To learn more, click here.

REBUILDING

NECHAMA has mobilized hundreds of students to aid in post-disaster rebuilding efforts across the United States. Through partnerships with local communal organizations our volunteers assist in all aspects of recovery including: assisting in clean up, removing debris, cleaning and sanitizing homes, hanging sheetrock, painting, flooring, and more.

SERVICE LEARNING

Throughout the trips, our participants engage in meaningful discussion which focuses on Tikkun Olam ("repairing the world through acts of kindness"), civic engagement, and leadership. Participants also have the unique opportunity to meet with homeowners, community leaders, faith leaders, and disaster relief specialists.

IMPACT

“I learned a lot about myself on the trip. While you're are on a trip that is all about helping others, it is always incredibly surprisingly to realize how much we learn about ourselves as well.”

Lyaba Mahmood, Volunteer - NYU

“My favorite discussions were the disaster relief panel because of how powerful it was getting to hear first-hand accounts, as well as the discussion about how we were strangers in Egypt. It was the first real time someone used the values of my religion and applied them to something I believed in, and that was, for lack of a better phrase, super cool.”

Julianna Jaynes, Volunteer - SF State University

“I was going through a rough time barring Sandy. I was my father's care giver. The volunteers knew dad and met him and understood that it was a time-sensitive job to have Dad's room done. What they accomplished was incredible. When Dad walked in you should have seen the smile on his face.”

Gina Bonner, Hurricane Sandy Survivor

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