UCC Disaster Ministries

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

"Everest" theme prompts VBS offering for Nepal

Each year at its Vacation Bible School, Plattsburg United Church of Christ in South Charleston, Ohio, takes an offering for a purpose that ties into the VBS theme.  This year’s curriculum was “Everest: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power.” The offering was for UCC Disaster Ministries' Nepal Response.

UCC Ebola Response Saves Lives in Africa

United Church of Christ's more than $90,000 support for Ebola response in 2014-15 saved lives both in West Africa, which suffered the largest and most sustained outbreak in history, and in Central Africa, where there was a smaller outbreak of this highly contagious and deadly viral disease.

UCC Responds to Nepal Earthquake

On April 25, 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal causing significant damage and destruction in Kathmandu and surrounding areas. Since the quake, UCC Disaster Ministries has responded by providing significant financial support for immediate relief aimed at helping to stabilize the situation through provisions of food, water, medicine and temporary shelter and plans are underway for long-term rebuilding and livelihood restoration.

UCC Responds to Burned Churches in the South

People across the United Church of Christ are stepping up to support recovery and rebuilding of burned African American churches. Be part of the UCC’s response.  Funds raised will go to help the communities recovering from such a tragic situation, especially on the heels of the African American's whose lives were taken by a lone gunman, just weeks prior and in the same community.      

Nepal VBS Worship and Offering Supplement

Enjoy two sessions of worship and offering materials to be used during your VBS or other children’s programing. Either one can be used on its own, but if you decide to use both it is recommended that you start with “Have You Heard about Nepal?” Please adapt this material as necessary for your use.

Urgent Needs

Don't Miss $250 Matching Grant Offer to Make CWS Kits

For the second year in a row, the United Church of Christ is offering $250 matching grants to its congregations to assemble Church World Service Kits. Kits can be crucial to the recovery process following an international or domestic disaster.  Grants may be used for CWS School, Baby Care and Hygiene Kits and for CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets.


Donate to Support Nepal Earthquake Relief

Nepal’s recovery following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake April 25 and powerful aftershocks will take many years.  The Asian nation’s finance minister Ram S. Mahat estimates it will cost over $10 billion to rebuild.  The UCC supported the relief effort and is preparing for a long recovery and continued engagement.



Donate to Support Spring Storm Relief 

Support UCC Disaster Ministries Spring Storm Response to floods, tornadoes and extreme weather in places like Texas, Oklahoma and West Virginia.




Volunteers Needed:

Pensacola Flood Recovery - Summer 2015

Volunteers groups of 15 or less are needed to rebuild and repair flood-damaged homes in Pensacola. Work may include but is not limited to light framing, drywall, insulation, flooring and occasional roofing. Registration is now open.

Superstorm Sandy Recovery through Summer of 2015

Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season and the second-costliest in U.S. history. The Long-Term rebuilding and recovery process continues. Groups of 18 or less needed for home rebuilding and repair.


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