Current Projects / February 2018 -

Hurricane Maria – Puerto Rico Rebuild Project

About NECHAMA’s Puerto Rico Project

Hurricane Maria is regarded as the worst natural disaster on record for Puerto Rico. The tenth-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record and the most intense tropical cyclone worldwide of 2017. The storm caused widespread devastation to homes, business, and livelihoods, exacerbating an already tenuous economic situation on the island. 

In early February, 4 months after Maria, many homes were still without power, water, and suffered structural damaged. NECHAMA spent a week on the island connecting with locals, partners, FEMA, and others to spearhead a first-ever Project for the organization outside the continental United States.

Now, a few months into our Rebuild Project, we are primarily working on repairing concrete roofs, rebuilding tin roofs, doing minor repairs, and conducting debris removal in areas where chainsaw work is still needed.

There is still so much to be done here to get the people of Puerto Rico back into their homes, and ready for hurricane season. Please donate today to support our efforts in Puerto Rico.

Support NECHAMA's Project

Volunteer With NECHAMA In Puerto Rico

We are currently accepting volunteers through the end of August. Though we hope to be in Puerto Rico through the end of the year at least. Please join us as we repair and rebuild homes after Hurricane Maria.


Other Ways You Can Assist NECHAMA

Can’t volunteer? We have lots of other needs such as:

Puerto Rico Updates

NECHAMA – Jewish Response to Disaster Announces Partnership With New York State and Governor Andrew Cuomo To Support Puerto Rico Rebuild Efforts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: David Kaplan, Executive Director Phone: 952-255-6822 Email: NECHAMA – Jewish Response to Disaster Announces Partnership With New York State and Governor Andrew Cuomo To Support... Read More

NECHAMA Volunteer Stories: Wendy

Wendy traveled from Minneapolis to spend three weeks volunteering with us in Puerto Rico. Having volunteered with us on previous Projects, Wendy had continued to follow our online updates. ‘My... Read More

Tata’s Story

Tata lives in Guaynabo, and takes care of her handicapped sister. When the hurricane hit, everyday chores became a struggle. The storm had caused a tree to come down on... Read More

Project Contacts

Mariana Micheli

Disaster Response Manager

(952) 255-6815

Ryan Mann

Project Supervisor - Puerto Rico Rebuild

Kim Shaw

Volunteer Coordinator

(952) 255-6821

Jennifer Harris

Press Contact

(952) 255-6812

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