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UCC Responds to Nepal Earthquake

April 2016 update of main UCC Nepal Earthquake Response page, including "By the Numbers," "Latest Resources," links to past stories and updates, and how to help.

UCC Ecuador Earthquake Response

Click the headline for a summary of the April 2016 Ecuador earthquakes disaster and what United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries is doing to help relief and recovery.

Joint Appeal for Ecuador Quake Relief

The United Church of Christ One Great Hour of Sharing and The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Week of Compassion have issued a joint special appeal for $500,000 for Ecuador relief and recovery following the April 16 earthquake and aftershocks/quakes.  Your generosity to this special appeal will enable a far-reaching response.

UCC Reaffirms Commitment to Nepal Earthquake Recovery

As the people of Nepal mark the first anniversary today of the most devastating earthquake to hit their small country in more than 80 years, the United Church of Christ is reaffirming its long-term commitment to help survivors put their lives back together.  UCC Disaster Ministries is building 50 earthquake resistant homes and supporting psychosocial support, livelihood restoration and WASH [water and sanitation services].

Ecuador, Japan Suffer Massive Earthquakes

Even as search and rescue efforts continue following last week's devastating earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador, UCC Disaster Ministries has begun its response with grants totaling $12,500 for relief efforts in Japan, and $17,500 for Ecuador. "I fully expect that we will be engaged for the long term, especially in Ecuador where there has been significant damage throughout the country," said UCC Disaster Ministries Executive Zach Wolgemuth.

Urgent Needs

Click Here to Support Ecuador Earthquake Recovery



Historic Flooding in Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas, is suffering historic flooding that has left at least seven dead and 1,000 homes flooded.  UCC Disaster Ministries has deployed UCC Pennsylvania Southeast Conference Coordinator Karl Jones to Houston for a week beginning April 26 to support the UCC's South Central Conference and Houston Association as they respond to immediate and long-term recovery needs of congregations and community members impacted by historic flooding that has left at least seven dead and 1,000 homes inundated.

Disaster Recovery Volunteers Needed

Your service as a Disaster Recovery Volunteer helps people rebuild their physical homes and is an act of presence that indicates the commitment to walk beside disaster survivors as they seek to rebuild their lives. In particular need of volunteers right now: South Carolina, New Jersey and Texas.


Support U.S. Disaster Response

The water crisis in Flint, Mich.; floods and tornados across the U.S. South, Southwest and Midwest; wildfires in California - there are so many U.S. disaster recovery needs right now.  UCC Disaster Ministries has responded to requests for solidarity grants from congregations in California, South Carolina, Michigan and Missouri and from a long-term recovery group in Houston, Texas, that are on the front lines of response.  Read more in the Disaster Updates section of this website, and support these and other domestic response efforts through the UCC's USA Relief Fund.



Support International Disaster Response

UCC Disaster Ministries also are active internationally. Recent solidarity grants have gone to the Democratic Republic of Congo for flood recovery, Ethiopia for people hungry due to drought, and Fiji for relief efforts following devastating Tropical Cyclone Winston. The UCC is funding 50 new, earthquake-resistant homes in Nepal following last year's devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Another major project is housing and livelihoods training in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Read more in the Disaster Updates section of this website, and support these and other domestic response efforts through the International Emergency Relief Fund.



12 Ways to Help Disaster Survivors Recover Through UCC Disaster Ministries

In addition to the three ways listed above, this one-page flyer lists nine more ways - 12 in all - to help disaster survivors recover through UCC Disaster Ministries.  Have a look - and share widely!

Connect with UCC Disaster Ministries on social media!

Facebook: One Great Hour of Sharing (UCC)

Twitter: @OGHS_at_UCC

Contact Info

Zachary Wolgemuth
Executive for UCC Disaster Ministries
700 Prospect Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115

Contact Info

Diane Dicken
Administrative Assistant for Finance & Program
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115