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Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

UCC responds to critical needs after Sulawesi disaster

Just over two months since the deadly tsunami and earthquake Sept. 28 in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, tens of thousands remain in critical need of clean water, sanitation and hygiene, shelter, protection (including women’s and children’s protection) and education. UCC Disaster Ministries is helping meet these needs, delivering essentials from water to shelter materials and from hygiene supplies to public latrines, helping sustain thousands of survivors.

Success starting disaster long-term recovery more quickly

When a natural or technological disaster strikes a community, beginning the process of long-term recovery quickly is essential. Yet it can be a daunting task for local leaders who may not have experience in disaster recovery and may have suffered damage and loss themselves. Here’s good news: An ecumenical project has been demonstrating success in helping communities get long-term recovery started more quickly.

California churches extend support to wildfire survivors

Amidst the worst wildfires in California history, the people of several United Church of Christ faith communities are reaching out with love to neighbors and to strangers, offering solace and support. Some who are helping are themselves recovering after the Carr fire just a few months ago.

California - UCC Response - 2018 Wildfires

The Camp and Woolsey fires in California are now listed as 100 percent contained, with 85 confirmed dead and nearly 200 still listed as missing. UCC Disaster Ministries calls on the whole church to keep Californians in prayer during this time. We continue to liaise with both our Northern California Nevada Conference and Southern California Nevada Conference to provide support, and we remain committed to long-term recovery.

Wolgemuth: "Don't get weary" in the face of so many disasters

UCC Disaster Ministries, in partnership with the UCC Southern and Florida Conferences, is in the midst of planning for long-term recovery from Hurricanes Florence and Michael, including hiring of an Eastern Regional Disaster Recovery Specialist. That specialist will play an important role in coordinating response to these two large-scale disasters, challenging UCC volunteers and donors “don’t get weary” in the face of what may feel like overwhelming challenges from this - and last - year’s storms. ...

Urgent Needs

VOLUNTEER! 2017 Hurricanes Recovery

2018 CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES - INFO

2018 HURRICANES - INFO

Hurricane Michael
Hurricane Florence
Typhoon Mangkhut

* Donate Online to Hurricane Recovery
2018 Hurricanes Bulletin Insert

TO DONATE TO DISASTER RECOVERY BY CHECK:

United Church of Christ
Attn: Financial Services
700 Prospect Ave. 6th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44115

Undesignated gifts are best as they enable UCC Disaster Ministries to respond where most needed. If you wish, write your designation on the memo line (e.g. "2018 Hurricanes Recovery")

OTHER 2018 EMERGENCIES

* Indonesia Quake & Tsunami
* Haiti Earthquake

UCC DISASTER MINISTRIES IS HIRING!

* Construction Manager, Port Arthur, Texas

INDEX TO VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Current disaster recovery work sites: U.S. Virgin Islands (Irma, Maria); Puerto Rico (Maria); Port Arthur, Texas (Harvey), and Volusia County, Fla. (Irma, Matthew)

New Flyer/Bulletin Insert: How to Help Puerto Rico Recover

OTHER ACTIVE RECOVERY PROGRAMS

California (Wildfires and Mudslides)
East Africa (Famine)
Nepal (Earthquake)
Pennsylvania (Hurricane Evacuees from Puerto Rico)

STORIES ABOUT UCC CONGREGATIONS & HURRICANES

UCC CONFERENCE DISASTER COORDINATORS DIRECTORY

FREE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS GUIDE

BUILD A KIT! MATCHING GRANTS AVAILABLE

JUST UPDATED: 12 WAYS TO HELP DISASTER SURVIVORS - FLYER

CONNECT WITH UCC DISASTER MINISTRIES ON SOCIAL MEDIA!

Facebook: One Great Hour of Sharing (UCC)

Twitter: @OGHS_at_UCC

 

"Michael, Florence & other 2018 hurricanes" photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images