UCC Disaster Ministries

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

Retirement Housing Foundation catalyzes major gift to hurricane recovery

The United Church of Christ's 2017 Hurricane Relief Fund has received a generous gift from the residents, team members and friends of Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF), more than $100,000, which helped push UCC disaster donations earmarked to assist people affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria over the $2 million mark.

UCC comes together in Philly to help Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees

UCC's Pennsylvania Southeast Conference (PSEC) is the lead voluntary agency in a public-private collaboration to welcome hundreds of Puerto Rican families fleeing dire post-Maria conditions on the island and seeking refuge in Philadelphia.

Post-Maria, filters mean 500 million gallons of clean water in USVI

Five hundred million gallons of clean drinking water – that will be the total output of 500 water filters donated by UCC Disaster Ministries to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The donation meet a big unmet need following Hurricane Maria. UCC Disaster Ministries also is helping fund a Church World Service shipment to Puerto Rico of 1,000 water filters, 5,000 CWS Hygiene Kits, 500 tarps and rope to go with the tarps.

Help for most vulnerable in Houston (TX), Sonoma (CA) after disasters

If you’re a new immigrant, perhaps undocumented, already struggling to make ends meet, and disaster pushes you beyond your ability to cope, where do you turn for help? Grants from UCC Disaster Ministries are helping trusted social service ministries in Houston and Sonoma meet a dramatic increase in need due to Hurricane Harvey and the northern California wildfires.

Disaster, recovery updates from Saipan, Bali, Liberia, Missouri, Maryland!

Even as UCC Disaster Ministries has been responding to recent hurricanes and wildfires, it has not been forgetting the need to provide relief and recovery elsewhere. Here are news briefs about some of those other places we work, starting with a celebration and continuing with disaster situations and recovery work in progress.

Urgent Needs


Hurricane Response to Date

Detailed information about how the UCC is actively responding to Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, and Hurricane Harvey on the U.S. mainland and in the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico.

California Wildfires

Facts and figures about the California wildfires with an index to stories about the UCC's response, including the hiring of a "navigator" to help the most vulnerable survivors, including undocumented immigrants, safely access available resources.



Volusia County, Fla., Irma & Matthew Recovery

UCC Disaster Ministries is partnering with VIND (Volusia Interfaiths/Agencies Networking in Disasters) to assist Daytona Beach area households damaged by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 and by Hurricane Irma in 2017 to repair/rebuild homes, e.g. roofing, gutting interiors, replacing insulation, siding, drywall repair and painting, flooring and other interior work as needed.

Houston, Texas, Hurricane Harvey Recovery

"Muck & Gut" volunteers are needed in Houston, Texas, and Denham Springs, La., to help homeowners begin to clean up after Hurricane Harvey.

Baton Rouge, La., Flood Recovery

UCC Disaster Ministries is partnering 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. 

Matching Grants for CWS Kits

Great news! The push to help restock CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets for disaster survivors has succeeded! Now Church World Service is asking the UCC to shift to putting together CWS Hygiene Kits over the next few months. Of course, if you are in the process of assembling more buckets, please finish them! Many CWS Kits depots will close until spring; see http://cwskits.org/depots for the list of year-round drop-off points. A few UCC Disaster Ministries $250 matching grants are left for UCC congregations assembling kits.



Mexico Earthquakes
Irma, Maria, other fall hurricanes (Caribbean and U.S.)
Harvey (Texas and Louisiana)
Hurricane Matthew (U.S. & Caribbean)
East Africa Famine
West Virginia Floods
Nepal Earthquake


Ecuador Earthquake
Japan Quake/Tsunami/Nuclear Disaster
South Carolina Floods
Fiji Cyclone Winston
Philippines Typhoon Haiyan




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12 Ways to Help Disaster Survivors

This one-page flyer lists 12 to help disaster survivors recover through UCC Disaster Ministries.  Have a look - and share widely!


Connect with UCC Disaster Ministries on Social Media!

Facebook: One Great Hour of Sharing (UCC)

Twitter: @OGHS_at_UCC

Contact Info

Zachary Wolgemuth
Executive for UCC Disaster Ministries
700 Prospect Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115

Contact Info

Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115