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October 9, 2015 | 26th Tishrei 5776

Gulf Coast Volunteer Opportunities

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:

Robyn Pollack

The work needed in New Orleans will consist primarily of storm clean up and pre-construction work on existing structures.

During the months of June, July and August, Nechama: 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:

Seth Gardner, Volunteer Coordinator

Download the Nechama Flyer (PDF)

For more information on opportunities to work in New Orleans, please contact the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans at

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