Nechama is your way to help fellow Minnesotans clean-up from nature's most damaging storms. It's also your chance to do a great 'mitzvah' of Tikkun Olam. As a Nechama volunteer, you will travel to the scene of natural disasters and be part of a team to assist in the relief effort. Among the tasks we do are cleaning up, and clearing out from floods and tornados. We use pumps, washers, sprayers, hand tools and chain saws. We gut basements, fill up dumpsters and remove fallen trees. Nechama also does sandbagging to help save homes, businesses and community buildings. Working with Nechama will be one of the most gratifying volunteer experiences you can have. We work directly with real people facing real tragedy and help get them back into their homes. The work is usually pretty physical and grimy. Lots of schlepping, lifting and schvitzing. But you will be part of the front-line team that makes a real difference in people's lives. The Nechama disaster season runs from late May to early October (depending on weather conditions). Check our web site to sign up as a volunteer: www.nechama.org. Go to 'How to Help' and click on 'Volunteer Application.' We'll automatically notify you when a disaster deployment is going to happen. Or check our Relief Hotline at 612-334-7070 for deployment updates.