UCC Disaster Ministries

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

Disaster Ministries addresses UCC churches in Micronesia

The United Church of Christ's Micronesia churches took steps toward increased disaster preparedness and resiliency this month when they invited UCC Disaster Ministries Executive Zach Wolgemuth to address their biennial General Assembly.  It was an important step in capacity building in this Western Pacific region prone to cyclones, earthquakes and drought and rapidly rising sea levels due to climate change.

Deadline Now May 31 for Disaster Recovery Support Initiative Applicants

The disaster ministries of the Church of the Brethren, United Church of Christ, and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have partnered to develop the Disaster Response Support Initiative (DRSI) and are seeking applicants for the following positions: a Case Management Specialist and a Long-Term Recovery Group Formation Specialist.  Deadline: Extended to May 31.

UCC Ecuador Earthquake Response

Click the headline for a summary, updated mid-May, of the April 2016 Ecuador earthquakes disaster and what United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries is doing to help relief and recovery.

UCC community aids flood recovery in Texas

As the cleanup continues in Texas following high winds and flash floods in late April, UCC members are teaming up with the Houston Association of the South Central Conference and UCC Disaster Ministries to help the people affected by the storms find normal again.

New homes help shelter Filipino families in Typhoon Haiyan recovery

With each new house that goes up, another family steps closer toward recovery from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. As the rebuilding effort in the Philippines continues — more than two years after the most destructive storm to make landfall ripped through the South Pacific — the United Church of Christ continues to help shelter the survivors who lost everything. 

Urgent Needs

ECUADOR EARTHQUAKE

Ecuador suffered a severe 7.8 earthquake on April 16, with subsequent aftershocks and quakes, leaving 663 dead and 6,274 injured. 28,827 people are in shelters.  Half a million people have been directly affected. The United Church of Christ One Great Hour of Sharing and The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Week of Compassion have issued a joint special appeal for $500,000 for Ecuador earthquake relief and recovery.  

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Historic Flooding in Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas, is suffering historic flooding that has left at least seven dead and 1,000 homes flooded.  UCC Disaster Ministries has deployed UCC Pennsylvania Southeast Conference Coordinator Karl Jones to Houston for a week beginning April 26 to support the UCC's South Central Conference and Houston Association as they respond to immediate and long-term recovery needs of congregations and community members impacted by historic flooding that has left at least seven dead and 1,000 homes inundated.

Disaster Recovery Volunteers Needed

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 disaster survivors as they seek to rebuild their lives. In particular need of volunteers right now: South Carolina, New Jersey and Texas.

 

Support U.S. Disaster Response

The water crisis in Flint, Mich.; floods and tornados across the U.S. South, Southwest and Midwest; wildfires in California - there are so many U.S. disaster recovery needs right now.  UCC Disaster Ministries has responded to requests for solidarity grants from congregations in California, South Carolina, Michigan and Missouri and from a long-term recovery group in Houston, Texas, that are on the front lines of response.  Read more in the Disaster Updates section of this website, and support these and other domestic response efforts through the UCC's USA Relief Fund.

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Support International Disaster Response

UCC Disaster Ministries also are active internationally. Recent solidarity grants have gone to the Democratic Republic of Congo for flood recovery, Ethiopia for people hungry due to drought, and Fiji for relief efforts following devastating Tropical Cyclone Winston. The UCC is funding 50 new, earthquake-resistant homes in Nepal following last year's devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Another major project is housing and livelihoods training in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Read more in the Disaster Updates section of this website, and support these and other domestic response efforts through the International Emergency Relief Fund.

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12 Ways to Help Disaster Survivors Recover Through UCC Disaster Ministries

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!

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

Diane Dicken
Administrative Assistant for Finance & Program
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
216-736-3810
dickend@ucc.org