United Church of Christ

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

California churches extend support to wildfire survivors

Amidst the worst wildfires in California history, the people of several United Church of Christ faith communities are reaching out with love to neighbors and to strangers, offering solace and support. Some who are helping are themselves recovering after the Carr fire just a few months ago.

California - UCC Response - 2018 Wildfires

Three major wildfires continue to rage in California.  Fifty people are confirmed dead and dozens more are missing. UCC Disaster Ministries calls on the whole church to keep Californians in prayer during this time. We continue to liaise with both our Northern California Nevada Conference and Southern California Nevada Conference to provide support, and we remain committed to long-term recovery.

Wolgemuth: "Don't get weary" in the face of so many disasters

UCC Disaster Ministries, in partnership with the UCC Southern and Florida Conferences, is in the midst of planning for long-term recovery from Hurricanes Florence and Michael, including hiring of an Eastern Regional Disaster Recovery Specialist. That specialist will play an important role in coordinating response to these two large-scale disasters, challenging UCC volunteers and donors “don’t get weary” in the face of what may feel like overwhelming challenges from this - and last - year’s storms. ...

UCC support means more earthquake-resistant homes in Haiti

Three more earthquake-resistant homes – that’s what the $15,000 that UCC Disaster Ministries just transmitted will mean for families in hurricane- and earthquake-battered Northwest Haiti.  All 83 homes the ministry has helped rebuild since Hurricane Matthew in 2016 have resisted subsequent storms and quakes, including the latest, 5.9-magnitude earthquake in October.

UCC Disaster Ministries is hiring!

UCC Disaster Ministries is hiring a Construction Manager for its Port Arthur, Texas, work site and an Eastern Regional Disaster Recovery Coordinator to assist with long-term recovery from Hurricanes Florence and Michael and other major regional disasters.

Urgent Needs

A special word about donations to wildfire and other disaster survivors ...

Don't send unneeded donations of goods to disaster survivors! Unwanted donations already are flooding wildfire evacuation centers. Click here to read an article in the Sacramento Bee about that - and about what TO send! 

Contributions are welcome to the UCC's Emergency USA fund.

2018 CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES - INFO

2018 HURRICANES - INFO

Hurricane Michael
Hurricane Florence
Typhoon Mangkhut

* Donate Online to Hurricane Recovery
2018 Hurricanes Bulletin Insert

TO DONATE TO DISASTER RECOVERY BY CHECK:

United Church of Christ
Attn: Financial Services
700 Prospect Ave. 6th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44115

Undesignated gifts are best as they enable UCC Disaster Ministries to respond where most needed. If you wish, write your designation on the memo line (e.g. "2018 Hurricanes Recovery")

OTHER 2018 EMERGENCIES

* Indonesia Quake & Tsunami
* Haiti Earthquake

UCC DISASTER MINISTRIES IS HIRING!

* Eastern Regional Disaster Recovery Specialist
* Construction Manager, Port Arthur, Texas

INDEX TO VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Current disaster recovery work sites: U.S. Virgin Islands (Irma, Maria); Puerto Rico (Maria); Port Arthur, Texas (Harvey), and Volusia County, Fla. (Irma, Matthew)

New Flyer/Bulletin Insert: How to Help Puerto Rico Recover

OTHER ACTIVE RECOVERY PROGRAMS

California (Wildfires and Mudslides)
East Africa (Famine)
Nepal (Earthquake)
Pennsylvania (Hurricane Evacuees from Puerto Rico)

STORIES ABOUT UCC CONGREGATIONS & HURRICANES

UCC CONFERENCE DISASTER COORDINATORS DIRECTORY

FREE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS GUIDE

BUILD A KIT! MATCHING GRANTS AVAILABLE

JUST UPDATED: 12 WAYS TO HELP DISASTER SURVIVORS - FLYER

CONNECT WITH UCC DISASTER MINISTRIES ON SOCIAL MEDIA!

Facebook: One Great Hour of Sharing (UCC)

Twitter: @OGHS_at_UCC

 

"Michael, Florence & other 2018 hurricanes" photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images