Remembering Lauren Meyer (1992-2015)

Lauren (top right on ladder) with Team Leaders: Scott (top left) Alan (bottom Right) and members of the Roth family while working on a home last spring, 2014, in New York after Hurricane Sandy

We knew Lauren as a vibrant NECHAMA Volunteer & AmeriCorps NCCC Member that spent 6 weeks with us repairing homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Her constant positive attitude and enthusiasm to help others made every work site a pleasure to be at.

May her memory be a blessing.

NECHAMA Welcomes Amacher as New Director of Philanthropy

NECHAMA is excited to introduce, Carolyn Amacher, our new Director of Philanthropy

“We are extremely happy to have Carolyn join us as our Director of Philanthropy”, says Bill Driscoll, NECHAMA’s Executive Director.

Carolyn served as an Americorps VISTA leader for the past year, based at Mission: St. Louis. There she was responsible for the recruitment, training and development of 50 VISTA members in 25 non-profits in the Greater St. Louis area.

2015 Blizzard Response: Massachusetts

Volunteer, Andrea, alleviating ice dams and removing snow weight from a rooftop.

Working in collaboration with the Scituate Senior Center, Scituate Alliance of Natural Disaster Services (SANDS), among others, NECHAMA assisted older adults with snow removal needs amidst crippling snowfall.

Southeastern Massachusetts suffered a relentless winter with approximately 100 inches of snowfall in 30 days. Throughout January and February one blizzard after the next dumped several feet of snow on the area, leaving many of Scituate’s most vulnerable citizens in disastrous situations.

Determination in Detroit

NECHAMA’s response to widespread flooding spanned five months and touched more than 300 households.

During the flash flooding of Greater Detroit this past August, a swath of Jewish households in Oak Park were particularly hard hit.  NECHAMA - Jewish Response to Disaster deployed immediately and connected with The Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit.  Together we mobilized volunteers and staff members to provide cleanup support to both Jewish and non Jewish households. The deployment counted 275 volunteers by project end and was initially activated and extended in partnership with The Jewish Federations of North America and the Wayne Metro Community Action Agency.