UCC Disaster Ministries

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

UCC Stands Ready to Assist Carolinas Flood Survivors

Severe flooding has claimed 17 lives in South Carolina and two in North Carolina, and the emergency is not over yet.  Evacuation orders affecting thousands of people in coastal areas are in force, with authorities warning that flooding could continue for up to two more weeks. United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries has been monitoring the situation and has reached out to the UCC Southeast Conference Disaster Coordinator and other conference leaders to offer support...

Grant Aids UCC Churches on the Front Line of Wildfire

Exhaustion, generosity, devastation, hospitality, service, insomnia – these are some of the words that the Rev. Bonnie Hollinger of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Murphys, Calif., uses to describe her congregation’s journey these past four weeks since the massive Butte Wildfire broke out.  Hers is one of two congregations on the front lines of the fire that are sharing a UCC Disaster Ministries Recovery Grant as they help their members and communities through...

Syrian Refugee Crisis Surrounds the Middle East

Since the beginning of 2015, over 100,000 displaced persons from Northern and Middle Africa, Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq have been registered in Hungary alone, but the authorities are unable to handle all the needs of the migrants as the numbers continue to rapidly increase. All countries surrounding the crisis region are feeling the same strain on their resources, and the situation will only continue to become more dire.  Now, more than ever, we need your...

The United Church of Christ: Still Active in Haiyan Response

Thanks to an outpouring of generosity from across the United Church of Christ, hope is replacing horror in Haiyan-devastated Leyte Province in Central Philippines. You may recall, Haiyan damaged or destroyed a million homes, which displaced 4.1 million people. Since that time, new typhoon-resistant homes, drinking water tanks and schools, along with vocational training and community education forums, are helping heal battered lives and communities and ensuring long-term livelihoods.  

Blueberries symbolize "home at last" for Superstorm Sandy evacuees

"I miss the beach, but I love the woods. We have blueberries growing wild in our new backyard!"  That’s how Natalie Gill sums her Superstorm Sandy story.  Of course, a lot happened between fleeing the New Jersey Shore in 2012 and finally finding home this summer, in a new house constructed in a public-private partnership that includes United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries.

Urgent Needs

Donate to U.S. Disaster Response

Severe flooding in South Carolina and Texas, wildfires in California – there are so many U.S. disaster response needs right now.  UCC Disaster Ministries has responded to requests for solidarity grants from wildfire-affected congregations in California and, just this week, from Garden of Grace UCC in Columbia, S.C., which has collected hundreds of pounds of clothing, food, toiletries and other items for evacuation shelters and is assisting four flooded families with cleanup and recovery.  In addition, UCC Disaster Ministries is deploying long-term recovery volunteer Betzi Yungclas to Texas to help flood-affected people rebuild their homes and lives.  Support these and other domestic response efforts through the Emergency USA Fund.



UCC Match Grants for CWS Kits

For the second year in a row, UCC Disaster Ministries is offering $250 matching grants to its congregations to assemble Church World Service Kits, which can be crucial to recovery following an international or domestic disaster.  This year grants may be used for all CWS Kits.  Grant applications will be processed between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2015.  Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't miss out! Get your application in today!


Donate to Nepal Quake Relief

Nepal’s recovery following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake April 25 and powerful aftershocks will take many years.  The Asian nation’s finance minister Ram S. Mahat estimates it will cost over $10 billion to rebuild.  The UCC supported the relief effort and is preparing for a long recovery and continued engagement.



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 people as they seek to rebuild their lives.  Together, we can be the body of Christ in the world.  The wider UCC utilizes mission trip groups to help homeowners in the long-term recovery process.  


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