Severe flooding in South Carolina and Texas, wildfires in California – there are so many U.S. disaster response needs right now. UCC Disaster Ministries has responded to requests for solidarity grants from wildfire-affected congregations in California and, just this week, from Garden of Grace UCC in Columbia, S.C., which has collected hundreds of pounds of clothing, food, toiletries and other items for evacuation shelters and is assisting four flooded families with cleanup and recovery. In addition, UCC Disaster Ministries is deploying long-term recovery volunteer Betzi Yungclas to Texas to help flood-affected people rebuild their homes and lives. Support these and other domestic response efforts through the Emergency USA Fund.
For the second year in a row, UCC Disaster Ministries is offering $250 matching grants to its congregations to assemble Church World Service Kits, which can be crucial to recovery following an international or domestic disaster. This year grants may be used for all CWS Kits. Grant applications will be processed between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2015. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't miss out! Get your application in today!
Nepal’s recovery following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake April 25 and powerful aftershocks will take many years. The Asian nation’s finance minister Ram S. Mahat estimates it will cost over $10 billion to rebuild. The UCC supported the relief effort and is preparing for a long recovery and continued engagement.
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 people as they seek to rebuild their lives. Together, we can be the body of Christ in the world. The wider UCC utilizes mission trip groups to help homeowners in the long-term recovery process.