UCC Disaster Ministries

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

DRSI helps Illinois community jumpstart tornado recovery

The EF3 tornado that raked Naplate and Ottawa, Ill., Feb. 28 lasted about eight minutes – and changed those communities forever.  Still, today recovery is farther along than would be typical at this point by as much as a couple of months thanks to a partnership between the local community and the ecumenical Disaster Recovery Support Initiative.

UCC issues East Africa famine appeal

Famine has officially been declared in South Sudan and looms in Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen. The United Church of Christ has issued an appeal for $50,000 for East Africa famine relief. It also is urging observance of the World Council of Churches' Global Day of Prayer to End Famine on May 21, and advocacy with the U.S. government to release emergency funding to avert catastrophe in these four countries.

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.

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NEW! Baton Rouge, La., Flood Recovery

UCC Disaster Ministries has partnered with the Fuller Center For Housing in Louisiana to help residents return home following historic and catastrophic flooding in August of 2016. Thousands of residents still live in temporary housing struggling to rebuild their lives. Volunteers are needed to repair and rebuild homes.

Coming soon ... opportunities to help rebuild the lives of families whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Matthew and other disasters. Organize your work group and begin the planning. Opportunities will be posted soon here.

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

UCC Conference Disaster Coordinators

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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

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Contact Info

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

Contact Info

Zachary Wolgemuth
Executive for UCC Disaster Ministries
700 Prospect Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115
216-736-3211
wolgemuthz@ucc.org