Chaverim One Year Anniversary!

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Chaverim went live on September 1, 2011. In just one year we’ve accomplished so much!

We responded to over 770 calls in total:

  • Over 350 Jump-Start calls!
  • Over 130 Auto Lockouts!
  • Over 40 Gas Outages!
  • Over 120 Tire Flats!
  • Over 65 Home Lockouts!
  • 5 Missing Person Searches!
  • Over 50 Miscellaneous Calls!

Some calls have been “emergency” status and some “urgent”, while others we helped when there was no time element. Ranging from a baby locked in a car, or a mother whose car stalled when taking her child to the emergency room. From a businessman who needed to make a critical business meeting, to a family that had to catch a flight. A doctor on the way to a patient, or a child running late to school.

Chaverim has helped you within minutes which otherwise would have resulted in a miserable day.

What about the caller that had a flooded house? It’s not auto related but our guys got together, laid out tarp, and temporarily stopped the flood by climbing onto your roof in the pouring rain. We stuck around to ensure the water was pumped out and that fans were blowing to make sure no mold built up. If you were in trouble and weren’t sure who to call, you found our number and we figured a way out.

We mobilized over a dozen volunteers on several occasions to assist in missing persons.

We started with simple booster cables, and now, thanks to your generous donations, have the most advanced auto-starter devices to ensure you are on your way as quickly as possible.

With our active posting on Facebook and Twitter we try to update you with the most late-breaking and community specific news that may affect you.

We would like to thank all of our dedicated members for making Chaverim a huge success.

Thank you to the community for your generous donations to help Chaverim and the community at large!

Chaverim is an IRS 501(c)(3) tax deductible corporation.

 

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Emergency Auto Lockout

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On Monday June 25, 2012, Chaverim of LA responded to a call for a baby locked in a car. Four units arrived in under two minutes and the door was open shortly thereafter.

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Chaverim of Los Angeles Reaches 500 Calls

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CHAVERIM OF LOS ANGELES launched last September and in less than nine months of operation has already helped over 500 people. Chaverim’s mission was and is to “bring coordination and organization via a network of skilled individuals that are ready and willing to assist and volunteer in the time of need.”

Chaverim was originally started in Brooklyn, New York in 2001. Today, there are over two dozen cities that have a Chaverim chapter. Although the mission of most Chaverim organizations in the United States remains mostly the same, each branch is independently run.

CHAVERIM went live on September 1, 2011. Chaverim’s has three levels of response. Emergency, Non-Emergency, and Missing Person Searches.

Emergency Response: Someone locked or stuck inside of a car or room of the house.

Chaverim members are equipped and trained with sophisticated equipment in order to gain entry to a vehicle or a home within seconds.

Non-Emergency Response: Among the variety of auto related problems, the most common are: jump-starts, gas outages, flat tire, and keys-locked-in-the-car (auto lockout). Chaverim is also equipped to gain entry into a home when the keys are locked in the house.

Chaverim member assisting stranded motorist

Car stalled in middle of the street. We pulled him over to a safe location.

Missing Person Searches: A critical facet Chaverim has embarked upon is “assisting in a missing persons search”. Hatzolah of Los Angeles remains the designated community resource when it comes to a missing person. On a number of occasions, Hatzolah and Chaverim have teamed up on a missing person incident. Most recently, on March 11, 2012 Hatzolah was contacted regarding a missing community member. Hatzolah contacted Chaverim and the two organizations worked hand in hand as a “unified command”. Chaverim sent several volunteers to search designated areas. Additionally, Chaverim resources spread the word to the community for the immediate need of community volunteers. Chaverim was able to round up dozens of volunteers in a short time. The subject went missing on a Friday morning. Ultimately, it was due to the collaborative effort that the missing person’s car was found on Sunday night after he was lost and disoriented due to a head injury. The victim’s life was spared as a direct result of this collaborative effort, and of course the mercy of Hashem.

Only two days later, Chaverim Founder, Ari Friedman, received a chilling phone call from Shomrim in Brooklyn, NY.

The call was received at 6:15pm on March 13, 2012. The caller stated that his family member was in immediate danger. She had gone unconscious either during a phone call or shortly thereafter. The family member was unable to locate the subject. The police were called and they were able to “ping” a cell phone location to within 800 meters, (approximately 1/2 a mile radius). It was too large of an area for the police to investigate. Chaverim was in immediate contact with Hatzolah.

Chaverim and Hatzolah once again setup a joint command. LA County Sheriff insiders were called and volunteers from Chaverim’s “Missing Person Search Group” were called up. Hatzolah brought their Mobile Command Center RV as well as their disaster Supply Truck which was used to generate light at the “command post”. Over two dozen Hatzolah and Chaverim members/volunteers began searching assigned grids. At approximately 11pm, the subject’s car was located. The unified command immediately notified the police. They responded within a few minutes. The local Fire Department arrived as well. Shortly thereafter the subject was found in the motel room where the car was parked. She was alive but in serious condition. Again, Chaverim and Hatzolah saved this persons life.

One of the most common questions that a Chaverim member may face: “Why would I call Chaverim if I have AAA?”

To start, Chaverim offers a number of services that AAA doesn’t offer, for example, “home lockout”. Also, in the “emergency” setting Chaverim will typically have a response in under five minutes, and in most cases under three minutes. Call AAA during “rush-hour” (4-7pm), and see how long it takes for them to arrive. Chaverim is not in competition with AAA. We encourage you to call AAA if you are a member.

Ensuring Caller Remains Safe on Freeway

Additional Q and A about Chaverim:

Q: How long will it take for a Chaverim member to respond in a “non-emergency” call, such as a jump-start?

A: Chaverim has members situated in the Pico and Hancock-Park/La Brea areas. 95% of the time, at least one Chaverim member is in your neighborhood and will be there within 5 minutes. However, in the rare event that a member would have to respond from another area, it could take up to 15-20 minutes.

Q: How is Chaverim funded?

A: Chaverim services are 100% free. At the end of the “service” we will hand you a self-addressed envelope. Certain volunteers are also equipped with credit card processing on their smartphones, if you choose to use a credit card to donate. Chaverim also accepts donations via our website, ChaverimLA.org. Our equipment and operating costs are funded solely by your generous donations. Chaverim’s non-profit status is pending with the IRS. Once approved, our status will be retroactive and any donations made will be tax-deductible from the date of our application, at the end of 2011.

Q: How many calls does Chaverim go on?

A: Some days Chaverim will get as little as one call and other days as much as 8 or 9. The average call volume is about 2 calls per day, using statistics through May 24, 2012.

Q: Does Chaverim operate on Shabbos?

A: Although other Chaverim chapters, such as Baltimore, operates on Shabbos, Chaverim of LA currently shuts its lines at candle lighting Friday and starts back up after the Motzei Shabbos zman (Shabbos out time). Baltimore Chaverim operates on the premise that a high percentage of their call volume is emergency related. Their Rabbonim have held that a child locked in a room as well as missing person searches (that have been classified as a critical missing) are docheh Shabbos. In the event of a “Chaverim Emergency” on Shabbos, we recommend calling Hatzolah. Hatzolah will be able to communicate with Chaverim on Shabbos, should the need arise.

How can I help?

A) Chaverim is currently looking for several volunteers in the Valley Village. Additionally, as our call volume is steadily increasing, we are looking to fill two volunteer spots in the Pico/Robertson area.

B) Please fill out our application to volunteer in “missing person” searches. The application is available on our website at ChaverimLA.org. Click “Missing Persons”.

C) Another project we are working on is to locate as many resources as we can for utilization in a missing person search. For example, if you have access to a: boat, helicopter, fixed-wing aircraft, ATV, horse(s), or other valuable asset that can assist the community in a missing person situation, please contact us.

D) Donate to Chaverim! Although Chaverim member’s pay for their own gas, we are still in need of purchasing additional equipment. Your donation will go directly to this worthy cause.

E) Finally, Chaverim has launched a disaster awareness campaign. Our current fundraiser enables you to donate $180.00 to Chaverim. Your donation will entitle you to a set of five (5) LED lanters that last 150 hours on one set of batteries. That’s over two weeks of night time usage! More information is on our website. Visit ChaverimLA.org and click on Disaster Kits >> LED Lanterns.

F) Follow Chaverim on Facebook, Twitter, & YouTube:

www.Facebook.com/ChaverimLosAngeles

www.Twitter.com/ChaverimLA

YouTube

Chaverim often posts breaking community news as an incident is unfolding.

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Chaverim LA Meets with Chaverim of Lakewood

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Chaverim of Los Angeles just finished a meeting with Chaverim of Lakewood. We greatly appreciate their assistance and insight. Chaverim of Lakewood has been operating for more than 11 years. The week before Pesach they average over 150 calls DAILY! (Lakewood alone). On a regular day they average 60-80 calls. Among the topics discussed: latest equipment, call logging, communications, call variety, “special equipment”, fundraising, etc.

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Chaverim in the News!

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Chaverim in HillyGram

Chaverim in JEMS

Chaverim in YWN (Yeshiva World News) Regarding 3/13/12 search

Chaverim in YWN Regarding 3/11/2012 Search

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2ND SUCCESSFUL SEARCH IN 3 DAYS: Chaverim and Hatzolah Search and Locate “Critical Missing”

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Chaverim was called at about 6:15 Tuesday evening. The caller stated that his family member was in immediate danger. She had gone unconscious either during a phone call or shortly thereafter. Details were given, however, due to the sensitive nature of the call, we can not share detailed information. The family member was unable to locate the subject. The police were called and they were able to “ping” a cell phone location to within 800 meters, (approximately 1/2 a mile radius). It was too large of an area for the police to investigate. Chaverim was in immediate contact with Hatzolah.
Hatzolah is and was the primary community agency that coordinates searches.

Chaverim and Hatzolah setup a joint command. LA County Sheriff insiders were called and volunteers from Chaverim’s “Missing Person Search Group” were called up. Hatzolah brought their Mobile Command Center RV as well as their disaster Supply Truck which was used to generate light at the “command post”. Over two dozen Hatzolah and Chaverim members/volunteers began searching assigned grids. At approximately 11pm, the subject’s car was located. The unified command immediately notified the police. They responded within a few minutes. The local Fire Department arrived as well. Shortly thereafter the subject was found nearby. She was alive but in serious condition. (When the name is released for tehillim purposes it will be posted).

This is the second “critical missing” call wherein Chaverim and Hatzolah teamed up to serve our community. With G-d’s help we were able to successfully locate the subjects in both incidents.

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Open Letter to Hatzolah: Missing Person Yesterday

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Dear Members of Hatzolah of LA:

Yesterday’s search was an example of how our organizations came together and put the community first. I was there representing Chaverim and we had a few Chaverim volunteers helping out since the morning. Chaverim received an out-pour of support from the community requesting to help; we had many people at our disposal. A Chaverim resource was used to secure trained men on horses. We also had volunteers with ATV’s on standby. As it turned out, the authorities did not want more volunteers as it was getting dark…

Chaverim and Hatzolah have a different and non-conflicting mission statement. Specifically, with regards to a missing person search, Chaverim’s mission remains the same: To assist the authorities, which includes Hatzolah.

It was a pleasure working with you and we hope that we can continue a good relationship in the future, with one ultimate goal in mind: to help the community.

Best Regards,
Arye Friedman and Chaim Adelman
CHAVERIM OF LOS ANGELES

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Chaverim and Hatzolah Setup Unified Command; Missing Person Located!

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Hatzolah and Chaverim did a great job today.

We brought in dozens of volunteers which included Hatzolah members, Chaverim members, and lay-community members who gave up their Sundays with their families in order to search and possibly save a life.

At about 4 on Sunday afternoon the subject’s vehicle was found at a remote hiking trail. Community members immediately began searching. A unified command post was setup. In order to prevent volunteers from getting lost and to maintain order, community members were required to check-in in an orderly fashion.

Each group was required to wear safety vests and checkin via radio contact every 15-20 minutes. As night time approached, the authorities felt that it was not safe for the volunteers to continue to search in the rugged off-road trails.

However, due to the persistence of the community members on scene well into the dark night, the LA County Sheriff Search & Rescue team continued their search. Eventually, at around 9PM, word was received that the missing person had been found with minor injuries. Further details on the subject’s medical condition is not known at this time. We thank the community for their support and a special thanks goes out to the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department for their efforts.

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Chaverim Launches In Cleveland, OH

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Chaverim groups have been well-established in many of the larger Jewish communities in the United States, but now those same supportive volunteer services will be available — for free — in Cleveland’s Jewish communities of Cleveland Heights, University Heights, Beachwood and Wickliffe.

Launching in January 2012, Chaverim (the Hebrew word for “friends”) will be offering free services ranging from roadside assistance for disabled vehicles to completing a minyan for someone sitting shiva.

Pesach Elbaum, one of the co-directors of the Chaverim of Cleveland group, was involved in Chicago’s Chaverim. “When I lived in Chicago, I saw how necessary and welcome these services were, and I wanted to bring those same opportunities to my hometown of Cleveland,” said Elbaum.

According to Tzvi Turner, Elbaum’s co-director, more services can be expected to come aboard over time. “We hope to be able to offer more services than similar groups in other cities, for the simple reason that we’re a smaller community.”

The group currently has 15 volunteers signed up and ready to help, but could always use more. Turner added, “Helping others when they’re in trouble is a big mitzvah, so we hope more people will at least consider volunteering.”

All services are subject to availability. The phone number to call when you need Chaverim is 216-455-0202. Post it on your fridge, and enter it into your cell phone contact list!

Source: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?p=113841

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Hight Wind Advisory! [UPDATE]

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Update:
CNN: “#LAWind gusts via NWS: LAX-47 MPH, Burbank 36 MPH, Malibu Hills 49 MPH, Saugus 67 MPH, Whitaker Peak 97 MPH!! Wowza.”

Power Outage Tips:

Always keep a flashlight and extra batteries handy.

Never use candles in a power outage or other emergency.

Turn off or disconnect any appliances or electronics you were using when the power went out.

Leave one light turned on so you’ll know when your power returns. Don’t light a fire indoors.

If you’re cold, put on layers of warm clothing instead.

Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors.

Leave the doors of your refrigerator and freezer closed to keep your food as fresh as possible. If you must eat food that was refrigerated or frozen, check it carefully for signs of spoilage. Using your flashlight, check throughout your home to see if any of your lights or appliances are working.

If some things turn on normally, you may have blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker.

If none of your lights work, check to see if your neighbor’s power is out, too. This will help you determine if the electricity is out in your whole neighborhood, or just your home.

If you see a power line or utility pole that has fallen, STAY AWAY. Live power lines can cause serious injury or even kill you.

MORE: http://www.sce.com/safety/emergency/default.htm

Weather.com

and Sheriff Department

… HIGH WIND WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PST FRIDAY…

* WINDS… NORTHEAST 25 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH BELOW PASSES AND CANYONS FROM MALIBU TO THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS.

* TIMING… WINDS WILL INCREASE THIS EVENING AND THEN REMAIN VERY STRONG AND GUSTY THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING… EXCEPT FOR A PERIOD OF WEAKER WINDS THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EARLY THURSDAY EVENING.

* IMPACTS… VERY STRONG WINDS WILL BE CAPABLE OF DOWNING TREES AND POWER LINES… KNOCKING DOWN OUTDOOR OBJECTS… CREATING FLYING DEBRIS… AND CAUSING DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE.

Media reporting multiple 911 calls for downed wires. If you encounter downed wires do not inspect them. Call 9-1-1 immediately. Call Chaverim as well. We will help secure the scene and ensure that no traffic or pedestrians will injure themself.

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