HARRISON, N.Y. -- More than a dozen volunteers from UJA-Federation of New York's Harrison-Purchase community recently helped repair a home damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
The team of volunteers worked with NECHAMA, a volunteer organization that provides natural disaster preparedness, response and recovery services nationwide. The volunteers helped with general home reconstruction, including demolition and installing sheetrock, according to a press release.
“When Hurricane Sandy struck our area on October 29, 2012, UJA-Federation launched an immediate and bold response,” said Donna Divon, manager of community and volunteer services for UJA-Federation in Westchester. “Because our network was in place on October 28th, we were able to mobilize thousands of volunteers. Our community is very caring; these women wanted to help in tangible ways.”
Eli Cohn, NECHAMA’s lead construction manager, said that many families are still displaced. “We help people who have no other means to fix their homes,” Cohn said. “We wouldn’t be able to provide the services we offer without the support of UJA-Federation.”
UJA-Federation of New York helped to mobilize thousands of volunteers, publicizing hundreds of opportunities and working with agencies to direct volunteers to sites where they could help following Hurricane Sandy. The organization continues to offer volunteer projects to assist those still suffering, according to the release.
For more information on how to donate or volunteer, visit the UJA website.