In the wake of the 2005 Gulf Coast Hurricanes, millions of people have
donated time and money to make the lives of those affected a little bit better.
Working in conjunction with local agencies and synagogues, the Union's Disaster
Relief Fund has made funds available for the Jackson, MS and New Orleans Jewish
communities to hire a volunteer coordinator to assist with placing volunteers
and to Nechama for extended deployments in New Orleans.
In Jackson, much of the work will
be in resettlement of those from some of the hardest hit regions of Mississippi.
Additionally, Jackson serves as a hub of operations for volunteers traveling to
work along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Those interested in working in
Mississippi should contact:
The work needed in New Orleans will
consist primarily of storm clean up and pre-construction work on existing
During the months of June, July and
Jewish Response to Disaster will be cleaning up flooded homes in the
Greater New Orleans area. Families, groups of friends, organizations and
individual volunteers are encouraged to come to work. Volunteers must be 18
years or older unless accompanied by parent. The work is not suitable for
children younger than 14 years.
Nechama provides tools, training,
professional supervision, food, housing, laundry facilities, internet access,
and transportation once in the Gulf area. The base camp is a converted warehouse
in Slidell, Louisiana. Individuals must provide transportation to the Gulf,
clothes, bedding and personal items. Volunteers are to arrive on Sunday and work
Monday through Friday. Nechama provides transportation between the base camp and
the New Orleans (Louis Armstrong) airport.
Those interested in working with
Nechama should contact: