FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Kaplan, Executive Director
NECHAMA – Jewish Response to Disaster Deploying to Midland and Isabella Counties
Two Week Deployment Focuses on Assisting Flood Survivors
MIDLAND, Mich., August 3, 2017 – Following the torrential rains in June that flooded communities across Midland and Isabella counties, St. Louis Park, MN-based NECHAMA – Jewish Response to Disaster has deployed into the region for two weeks to assist survivors. On the ground, operations will begin on August 3, and continue through August 17.
NECHAMA will be providing much-needed assistance to survivors as they begin to recover from the floods. Efforts will be focused on removing flood debris and other damaged items from homes, while also gutting walls and other areas that have been impacted by the flood.
“We are honored to have been asked to assist this community,” said David Kaplan, Executive Director of NECHAMA. “NECHAMA is rooted in the value of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world through acts of kindness – and we look forward to engaging in this work over the next two weeks, assisting survivors, and helping to repair this resilient and inspiring community.”
Community members are encouraged to join NECHAMA and volunteer to assist neighbors and the community at large. Volunteer sign up can be found at https://www.nechama.org/mifloods.
About NECHAMA – Jewish Response to Disaster
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.
Our work is rooted in the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (“repairing the world through acts of kindness”). 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.
NECHAMA is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.