United Church of Christ

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

Help restock CWS Cleanup Buckets, Kits with UCC matching grants

Due to several years of back-to-back hurricanes, Church World Service’s inventory of Emergency Cleanup Buckets and other Kits is at an all-time low in CWS warehouses. United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries is stepping up to help by offering $250 matching grants to qualifying UCC congregations assembling these life-giving supplies. In 2018, 51 congregations received grants.

UCC grant, savvy support recovery for Pennsylvania flood survivors

Six weeks of rain caused repeated flooding last summer in Schuylkill County, Pa. Some areas had severe damage to homes, including loss of furnaces and water heaters. A UCC Disaster Ministries grant of $10,000 is ensuring that affected families have heat and hot water through the winter. The funds are being allocated through the UCC's Pennsylvania Southeast Conference and its Schuylkill Association, which have stepped up to support the flood recovery effort.

In 2018, $2 million in UCC cash and volunteer support for disaster recovery

UCC Disaster Ministries' cash and volunteer support totaled some $2 million in 2018 for disaster recovery in 26 countries and more than 16 U.S. states and territories, not counting funds and goods we helped secure for survivors from other sources.  

UCC hires Ken Skalitzky as new UCC Eastern Region Disaster Recovery Specialist

Through the UCC’s Southern Conference, United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries has hired Ken Skalitzky to the new position of Disaster Recovery Specialist for the Eastern Region, covering the 24 states in FEMA Regions 1-4. He will work closely with UCC Conference leadership and National Disaster Ministries’ staff to engage churches and conferences in recovery efforts and to support the work of UCC Disaster Ministries in long-term recovery.

New! UCC Disaster Ministries 2018 Ministry Summary

Introducing an attractive new summary of UCC Disaster Ministries' support for the long-term recovery of disaster survivors across the United States and around the world in 2018. In just a few pages, you'll find facts and figures, project specifics, volunteer and client stories, photos and "what's next" for each location.