UCC Disaster Ministries

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

S.C. homeowner gives high praise to disaster work teams

"I was just so amazed that someone would take time to come to volunteer their services to do the work, not taking anything for it.  And the service that was rendered was so professional!" That’s how Angela S. of Gadsden, S.C., expressed her appreciation for an ecumenical volunteer work team's help with major repairs to her home, damaged in South Carolina's week-long deluge in October 2015. 

Concert with international flavor will benefit Hurricane Matthew, Louisiana flood recovery

Musicians originally from the Philippines and France will present a concert of Brazilian music next weekend in Massachusetts to raise money to support recovery from Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean earlier this month and from flooding in Louisiana in August. Organizers of this internationally flavored project have chosen United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries as the designated recipient for contributions.

UCC Hurricane Matthew response, from Caribbean to Carolinas

Hundreds of thousands of lives have been uprooted by Hurricane Matthew, from the Caribbean to North Carolina where flood waters have yet to crest, let alone recede. UCC Disaster Ministries, which has been present to the affected areas since long before the storm, is responding with support for survivors - first, emergency food, water, shelter and sanitation, then early recovery and livelihood restoration, then long-term recovery.

UCC Disaster Ministries, Disciples issue joint Hurricane Matthew appeal

Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti on the morning of October 4 and in Cuba later that afternoon. This powerful and slow-moving storm battered islands of the Caribbean and the United States' Atlantic coast. Over 1,000 people have died. Devastation and displacement abound. The United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are well situated to respond robustly to people impacted both in the Caribbean and within the United States.

UCC solidarity grant to Clarksville church as floods sweep Iowa

United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries has just awarded a $3,000 solidarity grant to Immanuel United Church of Christ in Clarksville, Iowa, which is helping members and neighbors affected by severe flooding. Heavy rain that started in mid-September and the resulting flooding are causing tremendous damage to homes and crops in Iowa. More than 30 inches of rain in two weeks have caused several rivers to overflow their banks, beginning in the northeast and rolling south...

Urgent Needs


Hurricane Matthew has left a humanitarian disaster in its wake as it crossed Haiti and Cuba and continued northward. Pray, give to UCC Disaster Ministries' response.

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Parts of Louisiana received 30 inches of rain within three days in August, leaving 13 dead and nearly 61,000 homes destroyed or damaged. UCC Disaster Ministries ordered 1,000 CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets for distribution by the Red Cross and other partners.

We are monitoring the situation in close contact with the UCC South Central Conference along with the nation's most trusted and reputable disaster response and recovery organizations, with particular attention to the UCC's primary role in disaster response: support for community-led long-term recovery.  We will be seeking volunteers to support these efforts in upcoming months and years.

Meanwhile, funding to support this work is needed now. Donations should be directed to the Emergency USA fund. Undesignated donations allow for funds to be used where needed most, but if individuals choose to do so, donations may be designated for LA Flood Recovery.



Ecuador suffered a severe 7.8 earthquake on April 16, with subsequent aftershocks and quakes, leaving 663 dead and 6,274 injured. 28,827 people are in shelters.  Half a million people have been directly affected. 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 earthquake relief and recovery.  

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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.


Support U.S. Disaster Response

Widespread, devastating flooding in Louisiana; other floods and tornadoes across the U.S. South, Southwest and Midwest; wildfires in California; the water crisis in Flint, Mich - there are so many U.S. disaster recovery needs right now.  Read about UCC Disaster Ministries' response 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 is active internationally. Recent grants have gone to Ecuador for earthquake recovery, 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 along with other long-term recovery activities 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!


Hurricane Matthew slider photo from Haiti (above) courtesy of CWS

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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