Hurricane Matthew has left a humanitarian disaster in its wake as it crossed Haiti and Cuba and continued northward. Pray, give to UCC Disaster Ministries' response.
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.
We are monitoring the situation in close contact with the UCC South Central Conference along with the nation's most trusted and reputable disaster response and recovery organizations, with particular attention to the UCC's primary role in disaster response: support for community-led long-term recovery. We will be seeking volunteers to support these efforts in upcoming months and years.
Meanwhile, funding to support this work is needed now. Donations should be directed to the Emergency USA fund. Undesignated donations allow for funds to be used where needed most, but if individuals choose to do so, donations may be designated for LA Flood Recovery.
Ecuador suffered a severe 7.8 earthquake on April 16, with subsequent aftershocks and quakes, leaving 663 dead and 6,274 injured. 28,827 people are 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.
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. In particular need of volunteers right now: South Carolina.
Widespread, devastating flooding in Louisiana; other floods and tornadoes across the U.S. South, Southwest and Midwest; wildfires in California; the water crisis in Flint, Mich - there are so many U.S. disaster recovery needs right now. Read about UCC Disaster Ministries' response in the Disaster Updates section of this website, and support these and other domestic response efforts through the UCC's USA Relief Fund.
UCC Disaster Ministries also is active internationally. Recent grants have gone to Ecuador for earthquake recovery, the Democratic Republic of Congo for flood recovery, Ethiopia for people hungry due to drought, and Fiji for relief efforts following devastating Tropical Cyclone Winston. The UCC is funding 50 new, earthquake-resistant homes in Nepal along with other long-term recovery activities following last year's devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Another major project is housing and livelihoods training in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Read more in the Disaster Updates section of this website, and support these and other domestic response efforts through the International Emergency Relief Fund.
In addition to the three 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!
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