UCC Disaster Ministries

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Disaster Updates

UCC deploys Yungclas, Tosh to help Hurricane Matthew recovery in Florida

From Florida to the Carolinas, Hurricane Matthew survivors in the United States are asking, "What do we do now?" United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries Is playing its part in helping them move toward recovery, most recently with deployment of two long-term recovery volunteers to Florida and training in long-term recovery basics in the Carolinas.

UCC Ecuador earthquake response

Click the headline for a summary, updated in mid-November, of the April 2016 Ecuador earthquakes disaster and what United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries is doing to help relief and recovery. The page includes an Ecuador earthquake bulletin insert, materials for children, a youth activity and a bookmark.

Concert with international flavor benefits Matthew, Louisiana flood recovery

Update of a 10/14/2016 story: An Oct. 22 benefit concert of Brazilian music featuring musicians originally from the Philippines and France raised more than $2,700 for UCC Disaster Ministries to support recovery from Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean in October and from flooding in Louisiana in August. Thank you, and congratulations!

Receding flood waters reveal heavy hurricane toll in North Carolina

Hurricane Matthew flood waters are finally receding in North Carolina, allowing essential supplies and assessment teams to get into areas that until now were inaccessible. This past weekend, the American Red Cross delivered some of the 1,000 CWS Cleanup Buckets ordered by UCC Disaster Ministries for North Carolina to affected households in Lumberton, about 5,000 of whose 22,000 residents were displaced by flooding.

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. 

Urgent Needs


Hurricane Matthew left a humanitarian disaster in its wake in October as it crossed Haiti and Cuba and continued northward to North Carolina, killing more than 500 and displacing hundreds of thousands. Pray, give to UCC Disaster Ministries' response. Click here for more information, a congregational bulletin insert and how to donate.



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 and will be seeking volunteers to support recovery efforts in upcoming months and years. Meanwhile, funding to support this work is needed now, to the Emergency USA fund.



Ecuador suffered a severe 7.8 earthquake on April 16, with subsequent aftershocks and quakes, leaving 663 dead, 6,274 injured and nearly 30,000 people 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. 

Click here for more information including resources for education and action

Click here to donate



UCC Disaster Ministries has contributed $10,000 to the United Church of Christ in the Philippines' initial program of assistance to survivors of typhoons Sarika/Karen (Oct. 16) and Haima/Lawin (Oct. 19) in North Luzon.

The program includes a food relief pack for 1,096 families in 43 communities; palay, corn and vegetable seeds for 1,203 farmer families; construction assistance to nine church families and 16 local churches, and financial assistance to the families of two church members killed by falling trees.

Click here to donate.


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

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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