Your service as a Disaster Recovery Volunteer helps people rebuild their physical homes and is an act of presence that indicates the commitment to walk beside people as they seek to rebuild their lives. Together, we can be the body of Christ in the world. The wider UCC utilizes mission trip groups to help homeowners in the long-term recovery process. In particular need of volunteers right now: South Carolina, New Jersey and Texas.
FLINT, MICHIGAN, WATER CRISIS
As people of faith who want to act in solidarity with the community in Flint, Mich., we can:
- Give money designated for Flint to the Emergency USA Fund. It will support the work of the UCC's Woodside Church in Flint to set up "re-filling stations" in the church to make free, filtered water available to the community in whatever size containers they would like. Do NOT send bottled water; that creates distribution and recycling problems.
- Share articles that highlight the role of systemic racism in the Flint water crisis:
“How a Racist System Has Poisoned the Water in Flint, Mich.” by Louise Seamster and Jessica Welburn
“Flint’s Water Crisis: A Story of Racial Injustice” by the Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt
OTHER U.S. DISASTER RESPONSE
December floods and tornados across the U.S. South, Southwest and Midwest, earlier severe flooding in South Carolina and Texas, wildfires in California – there are so many U.S. disaster response needs right now. UCC Disaster Ministries has responded to requests for solidarity grants from congregations in California and South Carolina that are on the front lines of response. In addition, UCC Disaster Ministries has deployed long-term recovery volunteer Betzi Yungclas to Texas to help flood-affected people rebuild their homes and lives. Support these and other domestic response efforts through the Emergency USA Fund.
Nepal’s recovery following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake April 25 and powerful aftershocks will take many years. The earthquake destroyed or damaged nearly 900,000 homes. Let's help families get back into real homes, not tents or makeshift shelters. UCC Disaster Ministries has set a goal of building 50 new, earthquake-resistant homes for people who have lost everything.
In addition to the three ways listed above, this one-page flyer lists nine more ways - 12 in all - to help disaster survivors recover through UCC Disaster Ministries. Have a look - and share widely!