UCC Disaster Ministries

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Disaster Updates

$12,000 on Giving Tuesday means 600 more water filters for Puerto Rico, USVI

A home for elderly persons, each floor of a multi-story apartment building, hospital emergency and operating rooms - these are among recipients of 1,500 UCC Disaster Ministries water filters in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Generous contributions of more than $12,000 (and counting) on #GivingTuesday means UCC Disaster Ministries will be able to buy 600 more filters for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Disaster work team experience marvelous, heartbreaking, Mattens say

Volunteering for a disaster work team is a marvelous experience, but it can also break your heart a little.  So affirmed UCC Penn Central Conference Disaster Coordinators Bill and Ellen Matten after volunteering for a week at the UCC’s hurricane recovery site in Volusia County, Fla. Read about their experience. Will you be next to volunteer?

Now it's southern California besieged by wildfires

A UCC congregation and its community are under siege in Ventura, Calif., surrounded by raging wildfires that authorities say could get worse before they get better. As of Wednesday evening the buildings which house the Church of the Foothills were still standing, but the pastor, the Rev. Kris Bergstrom, said that many of her church families and their neighbors have lost everything.

This Giving Tuesday, give the gift of water (filters) for Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

Hurricanes Irma and Maria wiped out water treatment systems in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, leaving people without clean drinking water. According to the Department of Defense, 55% of Puerto Rico was left without clean drinking water. Your help is needed this GivingTuesday. A $20 filter ensures 1 million gallons of fresh water!

UCC response to North Bay fires - a story from the N. California-Nevada Conference

Rev. Dr. Melinda V. McLain, Disaster Ministry Coordinator, Northern California-Nevada Conference UCC, writes, "Virtually no one in Northern California will soon forget the terrible devastation of the early October firestorms that swept through Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake, Yuba and Solano counties. Our NCNC-UCC churches and organizations quickly sprang into action ...."

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