We Get Dirty Doing Good

NECHAMA is accepting volunteer reservations from individuals and groups interested in helping with our Hurricane Sandy Recovery Program in New York. Most of our daily work takes place on Long Island and is focused on assisting homeowners with repairing their homes.

Repair work may include but is not limited to:

  • insulation installation
  • sheetrock installation
  • sheetrock finishing
  • interior painting
  • interior finish work

Because of the more skilled nature of the repair work, groups are limited to 10 to 20 volunteers per day and are led by experienced NECHAMA team leaders. Please note: as the community needs are brought to our attention, some remaining cleanup work activity is also possible at times.

Please note that our New York project is funded by the UJA-Federation of New York's Connect-to-Recovery.

  • No prior experience or training required
  • No minimum time commitment
  • The minimum age to volunteer is 15
  • Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by adults
  • A ratio of at least 1 adult for every 4 youth applies

While there is no minimum stay for volunteers, priority will be given to groups who can commit to at least three days in the field. Please note that in observance of Shabbat, we do not work on Saturdays. If you are interested in volunteering or organizing a team of volunteers, please fill out the form below.

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You don't have to be Jewish to be NECHAMA

Guided by the Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam, acts to repair the world, NECHAMA helps people affected by disaster based on need, not religious creed. We also welcome people of all creeds - Jewish or otherwise - to join us as volunteers.

What volunteers are saying

"My time with NECHAMA helped propel me into a career in human services non-profits. NECHAMA changed my life as I watched it change the lives of so many others."

AJ Bredeson,
AmeriCorps team leader

"Fantastic organization! I have never felt more like I was doing something good for the world than when I was working with them. Though I was only 19, it was by far the most eye opening experience of my life."


"The time that I spent with NECHAMA ranks among the best experiences I've ever had."

Nicholas Abraham,
volunteer and former staff

"This is an organization which, with very limited financial and human resources, provides immeasurable benefits to victims in their darkest moments after a disaster strikes. Its volunteer and professional leadership is selfless and totally committed to the Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam, healing the world."

Volunteer & former Jewish Federations of North America Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Mitigation Committee Member