UCC Disaster Ministries

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

Hurricane Relief - International and USA (Irma, Maria)

This page indexes our latest information, resources and ways to help survivors of hurricanes with international and US impact, including Irma and Maria. 

California Wildfires 2017

Index page for information about the California wildfires and how the UCC and its churches are affected - and responding!

Hurricane Harvey

Visit this page regularly for the latest on UCC Disaster Ministries' response following Hurricane Harvey.

UCC's Response in Puerto Rico

With Puerto Rico "at rock bottom" following Hurricane Maria, UCC Disaster Ministries stands ready "to support our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico" and calls on churches "to continue to pray and give financially for what will be a long road ahead," says Zach Wolgemuth, the program's executive.

Completed! First home at UCC's Matthew recovery worksite in Florida

UCC Disaster Ministries and its hurricane recovery partner in Florida today (Oct. 13) are celebrating completion of repairs of the home of the long-term recovery group's first client. It's a milestone for this group, whose clients need help rebuilding from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Many of them sustained additional damage from Irma this September. UCC helped the group set up an office, fundraise and prepare to do disaster case management and provided funds to hire a construction coordinator.

Urgent Needs

QUICK LINKS 

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.

Facts and figures about Irma and Maria's impact
Facts and figures about Harvey's impact - page includes the "Love Them Back to Life" Video
UCC's response in Puerto Rico

Click here for an index to UCC News and UCC Disaster Ministries stories about UCC congregations affected by, helping following hurricanes.

 

California Wildfires

So far, the deadly, raging wildfires in Northern California have not burned any UCC churches. But as congregations reach out to check on their members they are finding some who have lost their homes to the fires and many others who have had to evacuate.

Mexico Earthquakes

In Mexico, hundreds have been killed by a series of powerful earthquakes. As an initial response, UCC Disaster Ministries has sent a $3,000 solidarity grant to the Theological Community of Mexico, a Global Ministries partner, to meet needs of survivors. Your support and prayers are needed. 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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. These two work sites are in partnership with the Fuller Center for Housing.

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. UCC Disaster Ministries will continue to offer $250 matching grants to congregations assembling CWS Buckets and Kits.

 

ACTIVE RECOVERY PROGRAMS

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

RECENT RECOVERY PROGRAMS

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

UCC CONFERENCE DISASTER COORDINATORS

Directory

FREE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS GUIDE

Click here for the Guide

 

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
216-736-3211
wolgemuthz@ucc.org

Contact Info

Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
216-736-3214
blaufusm@ucc.org