UCC Disaster Ministries

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

One year after Ecuador quake, UCC continues to support recovery

On April 16, 2016, Ecuador suffered its deadliest earthquake in decades. 663 people died.  A state of emergency was declared in all of Ecuador’s six coastal provinces. Hundreds of homes collapsed. In the year following the quake, UCC Disaster Ministries has sent nearly $18,000 to help survivors get through the initial emergency and take steps to long-term recovery - including 30 families in Sua, Esmeraldas, who are establishing businesses with microloans.

Hurricane Matthew recovery in Haiti continues with UCC support

United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries this week sent another $50,000 for Hurricane Matthew recovery in Haiti, bringing its total to $136,000 since the storm raked that island nation last October. The funds are going toward repair of as many as 400 homes, two schools and several community meeting spaces, fortifying them against future storms and earthquakes, and are helping provide seeds to farmers who lost last fall's harvest to Matthew.

Networking finds free bunk beds for disaster recovery volunteer host

This is a story about how people in two countries, two U.S. states and two cities kept 24 surplus bunk beds and six dressers from a wasteful end in a landfill by redeploying them to a United Church of Christ congregation that expects to start hosting disaster recovery work teams soon.

UCC sends famine assistance to South Sudan, aids other countries

The United Church of Christ is sending an initial $85,000 in aid to South Sudan and three other African counties to help people combating a crisis fueled by war, severe drought and massive food shortages, with famine declared in some areas. "This crisis, this emergency demands our immediate attention and response," said Zach Wolgemuth, executive director, UCC Disaster Ministries. 

St. Augustine church housing Hurricane Matthew recovery volunteers

Thanks to a willing spirit and the determination to make it happen, the United Church of Christ of St. Augustine, Fla., housed its first Hurricane Matthew recovery work team last week, and is ready to host additional teams over the course of the next year or two, until work is complete. The first work team was organized by Granville, Ill., United Church of Christ.

Urgent Needs

COMING SOON ...

... opportunities to help rebuild the lives of families in North Carolina and Florida. Help Hurricane Matthew families return home. Organize your work group and begin the planning. Opportunities will be posted soon here.

QUICK LINKS

Active Recovery Programs

Hurricane Matthew (U.S. & Caribbean)
South Sudan Famine/East Africa Drought
West Virginia Floods
Nepal Earthquake

Recent Recovery Programs

Ecuador Earthquake
Japan Quake/Tsunami/Nuclear Disaster
South Carolina Floods
Fiji Cyclone Winston
Philippines Typhoon Haiyan

GRANTS FOR CWS BUCKETS, KITS

Apply for a UCC Disaster Ministries Matching Grant of up to $250 to assemble Church World Service Emergency Cleanup Buckets and other Kits - specific material aid often crucial to the disaster recovery process.  Click here for full information including Bucket and Kit contents and the application form!

 

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. Current sites include West Virginia, Florida and New Jersey, where a new worksite was added 11/2/2016.

  

12 Ways to Help Disaster Survivors

In addition to the 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

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
216-736-3211
wolgemuthz@ucc.org

Contact Info

Diane Dicken
Administrative Assistant for Finance & Program
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
216-736-3810
dickend@ucc.org