UCC Disaster Ministries

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

Remote but not forgotten, Fiji community recovers from Winston

Two years ago this month, Sepa and his wife Josivini had cause to wonder whether they and their neighbors would live or die as Cyclone Winston roared across their Fiji Islands community of Navakawau, on Taveuni Island, blowing away 96 of the village’s 111 homes, including theirs. Thanks to UCC Disaster Ministries, they had shelter in the community hall while they rebuilt their home - and now, reliable drinking water and a new health center,...

Commentary: What we learned serving on a disaster recovery work team

Six members of St. Paul's UCC in St. Louis, Mo., spent a week in a Harvey-battered neighborhood of Houston late last year replacing a homeowner's flood-soaked drywall and retrofitting the bathroom to make it handicapped accessible. In this commentary, Pastor Mike Roth shares some of the group's thought-provoking learnings.

In Pennsylvania, UCC takes help for Puerto Rican evacuees on the road

United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries continues to be at the helm of outreach to the thousands of Puerto Ricans who have sought shelter in Pennsylvania since Hurricane Maria wreaked death and destruction across their island in late September 2017. Work that began at a Disaster Assistance Services Center in Philadelphia is now rolling out to seven other Pennsylvania cities through a series of resource fairs.

Introducing Amanda Sheldon, new Program Associate for UCC Disaster and Refugee Ministries

Christians are called to be present and to be healers where there are breaks and cracks in the world. Where more than welcoming people fleeing violence and assisting people who have lost everything to disaster? "Those are among the rawest breaks in our world," says Amanda Sheldon, the UCC's new National Disaster and Refugee Ministries Program Associate (since January 16).

UCC opening new Harvey worksite in Port Arthur TX; survivor testifies

UCC Disaster Ministries is partnering with the Southeast Texas Community Development Corporation, or SET CDC, in Port Arthur, Texas, to repair low-income rental apartments damaged in Hurricane Harvey.  A volunteer work site will open there in February.  Work may include but will not be limited to light carpentry, drywall, insulation, flooring, trim and painting. Read the story for details and one survivor's story!

Urgent Needs

QUICK LINKS 

Hurricane Response to Date

Detailed information about how the UCC is actively responding to Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, and Hurricane Harvey on the U.S. mainland and in the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

California Wildfires and Mudslides

Facts and figures about the California wildfires and mudslides with an index to stories about the UCC's response, including the hiring of a "navigator" to help the most vulnerable survivors, including undocumented immigrants, safely access available resources.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

NEW! Port Arthur, Texas (Harvey Recovery)
Florida (Irma and Matthew Recovery)
Texas (Houston, Clear Lake) (Harvey Recovery)

ACTIVE RECOVERY PROGRAMS

California (Wildfires and Mudslides)
Fiji (Cyclone Winston)
Florida (Hurricanes Matthew, Irma)
Haiti (Hurricanes Matthew, Irma and Maria)
Louisiana (2016 Floods)
Nepal (Earthquake)
Pennsylvania (Hurricane Evacuees from Puerto Rico)
Puerto Rico (Hurricane Maria)
Texas (Hurricane Harvey)
U.S. Virgin Islands (Hurricanes Irma and Maria)

RECENT RECOVERY PROGRAMS

East Africa (Famine)
Ecuador (Earthquake)
Mexico (Earthquakes)
North Carolina (Hurricane Matthew)
Saipan (Typhoon Soudelor)
West Virginia (Floods)

STORIES ABOUT UCC CONGREGATIONS & HURRICANES

UCC CONFERENCE DISASTER COORDINATORS

Directory

FREE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS GUIDE

Click here for the Guide

BUILD A KIT! MATCHING GRANTS AVAILABLE

 

12 Ways to Help Disaster Survivors

This one-page flyer lists 12 ways 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
216-736-3211
wolgemuthz@ucc.org

Contact Info

Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
216-736-3214
blaufusm@ucc.org