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Disaster Updates

Mudslide in Sierra Leone Takes Toll on Community

On Monday, August 14, a chunk of mountain came down under the force of rain, onto the houses that hugged the slopes of Mount Sugar Loaf about five miles outside the capital Freetown, Sierra Leone, according to government officials and aid agencies.

UCC Disaster Ministries helps two Nepal communities repair critical water systems

More than two years after the devastating 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, some remote communities are still struggling to repair critical water infrastructure for drinking and crop irrigation. To help, UCC Disaster Ministries has just released $49,818 for two such communities, Kitini Thala and Chitlang. This brings to nearly $290,000 ($289,818) the ministries' funding to date for earthquake recovery in Nepal, mostly for construction of earthquake-resistant housing but also for water systems.

Hurricane survivors in Daytona Beach awaiting YOUR work team!

Meet three of the nearly three dozen Daytona Beach-area homeowners who are waiting anxiously for volunteer work teams to help them repair damage from Hurricane Matthew last October. UCC Disaster Ministries is partnering with VIND (Volusia Interfaiths/Agencies Networking in Disasters) to recruit and deploy volunteer work teams to help these and other Volusia County, Fla., Hurricane Matthew survivors recover. 

On second anniversary of Typhoon Soudelor, good news for two families

For two struggling families – the Kaipats and the Roppuls – an $11,600 grant from UCC Disaster Ministries will mean recovery at last, two years after the powerful Typhoon Soudelor passed directly across their western Pacific island of Saipan. The Aug. 2, 2015, typhoon left thousands of homes uninhabitable. Even today, scores of the island's 55,000 residents are still struggling to rebuild their homes and lives.

UCC Disaster Ministries "present and visible" in N.C. Matthew recovery

Hurricane Matthew was one of the worst natural disasters ever to hit the state. Twenty-four people were killed, and tens of thousands of homes were damaged.  The United Church of Christ has been present and visible from the very start of relief and recovery efforts, providing financial assistance and know-how to help local communities identify and respond to unmet needs.

Urgent Needs



NEW! Volusia County, Fla., Hurricane 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 to repair/rebuild homes, e.g. roofing, gutting interiors, replacing insulation, siding, drywall repair and painting, flooring and other interior work as needed.

NEW! 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 Buckets, Kits

Join the 40 UCC congregations that have applied so far for a UCC Disaster Ministries Matching Grant of up to $250 to assemble Church World Service Emergency Cleanup Buckets and other kits. The need is great: CWS distributed more than 14,000 buckets last year, but now its stock is down to a critical low of 1,900 at last count.


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!


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Contact Info

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

Contact Info

Diane Dicken
Administrative Assistant for Finance & Program
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115