As COVID-19 continues to make it challenging for NECHAMA and many others to do our “normal” work, we adjusted our focus to address the community needs of this pandemic in our home base of the Twin Cities in MN. While it wasn’t muck and guts or chainsaw teams, we are committed to continuing our mission of bringing comfort to those affected by disaster.
As our ability to respond to disasters out of state diminished early in the pandemic due to the increase in cases and shelter-in-place orders, we worked to ensure continuity of services and maintain staff levels because disasters don’t self-quarantine. We assisted in distribution of PPE, food, and supplies; delivered enrichment kits and assisted with efforts at the state’s Emergency Operations Center and with the COVID Taskforce.
NECHAMA donated over 4,000 items of PPE from our warehouse to local medical centers, a local collection site, and Shalom House assisted living.
Working with our Partners Presbyterian Homes and Services we delivered Life Enrichment Kits provided by PH&S to numerous assisted living facilities.
In partnership with state EOC (Emergency Operations Center) and local partners, we transported goods and bulk food deliveries to vulnerable populations.
Another 3 pallets were delivered to White Earth Reservation in Mahnomen, Minnesota.
In addition to providing necessary transportation of goods, the NECHAMA Operations team has been active on COVID focused calls with Minnesota and National VOAD (Volunteers Active in Disaster) and the COVID Taskforce. We collaborated with the Harvard Hillel to help them organize volunteers and their system of tracking services and needs requests. Our Operations team also designed a virtual VRC (Volunteer Resource Center) mockup to track the needs, services, and inventory management for organizations that are requesting this assistance. Again we partnered with Footprint Project to integrate a Solar Energy Tent for either mobile testing or to assist with a local homeless population affected by COVID. The NECHAMA Operations team has been tirelessly networking and offering our disaster expertise in these new times.