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.
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.
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.
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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