UCC youth "clean up" at Great Lakes Regional Youth Event
What does it look like when 250 young people from across the Midwest converge in one space to complete a project? "Absolutely marvelous!" said the Rev. Roger Dart, disaster response coordinator for the Illinois Conference UCC. The young people were participants in the UCC's Great Lakes Regional Youth Event at Elmhurst College, in Elmhurst Ill., July 5-8. They put their faith in action, assembling more than 70 Clean-Up Bucket Kits for Church World Service.
Scott Smiley reflects on volunteering on a disaster recovery work team
“'If you are more fortunate than others, it is better that you should build a longer table, than a taller fence.' To me, the simplicity and eloquence of this apparently anonymous quote sums up my experience serving in Florida with UCC Disaster Ministries on a hurricane recovery volunteer work team." - Commentary by Scott Smiley
Volunteers show solidarity as they help Puerto Rico rebuild
A hug of transformation and solidarity. That’s how the Rev. Edward Rivera Santiago, General Pastor of the Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Puerto Rico (IEUPR), describes an ecumenical collaboration to repair as many homes as possible that were damaged by Hurricane Maria last September. UCC Disaster Ministries is recruiting groups of volunteers to repair roofs, do light carpentry and paint interior ceilings and walls, and has contributed more than $250,000 to the recovery effort...
Hurricane survivor to work team: You guys need to be CLONED!
Marlene was among homeowners affected when Hurricanes Matthew in 2016 and Irma in 2017 devastated Volusia County on Florida’s east coast, destroying dozens of homes and leaving thousands in disrepair. Her recovery came April 8-14 at the hands of a 12-member mission team from Evangelical Reformed UCC in Frederick, Md., Christ Reformed UCC in Middletown, Md., and St. Paul’s UCC in Fleetwood, Pa.
USVI still reeling from fall 2017 hurricanes
The U.S. Virgin Islands suffered catastrophic damage after back-to-back blows from Hurricanes Irma and Maria last fall, comparable to that in Puerto Rico. But the territory’s great need for recovery help has received little media attention. A strong effort to bring tourism back to the islands has led to the impression that recovery in USVI is complete, but in reality, much of the general population is still reeling from the effects of the storms.