UCC Disaster Ministries

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

Syrian Refugee Crisis Surrounds the Middle East

Since the beginning of 2015, over 100,000 displaced persons from Northern and Middle Africa, Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq have been registered in Hungary alone, but the authorities are unable to handle all the needs of the migrants as the numbers continue to rapidly increase. All countries surrounding the crisis region are feeling the same strain on their resources, and the situation will only continue to become more dire.  Now, more than ever, we need your...

The United Church of Christ: Still Active in Haiyan Response

Thanks to an outpouring of generosity from across the United Church of Christ, hope is replacing horror in Haiyan-devastated Leyte Province in Central Philippines. You may recall, Haiyan damaged or destroyed a million homes, which displaced 4.1 million people. Since that time, new typhoon-resistant homes, drinking water tanks and schools, along with vocational training and community education forums, are helping heal battered lives and communities and ensuring long-term livelihoods.  

Blueberries symbolize "home at last" for Superstorm Sandy evacuees

"I miss the beach, but I love the woods. We have blueberries growing wild in our new backyard!"  That’s how Natalie Gill sums her Superstorm Sandy story.  Of course, a lot happened between fleeing the New Jersey Shore in 2012 and finally finding home this summer, in a new house constructed in a public-private partnership that includes United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries.

Ten Years After Hurricane Katrina-Living a Covenant of Compassion

Ten years ago this week, disasters caused and precipitated by Hurricane Katrina changed forever the lives of people on the U.S. Gulf Coast and in New Orleans, Louisiana. The storm surge that swept away swaths of the Gulf Coast and triggered the breach of levees that flooded the city of New Orleans left the landscape different and our collective psyche stunned.  How could this happen and what could we do?

UCC Restoring Flooded Homes, Bridges in West Virginia

In flood-beleagured West Virginia, United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries is both literally and figuratively a “bridge over troubled waters”* – and over troubled water crossings.  Consider the UCC's involvement just since late March, the start of the latest series of destructive floods that damaged or destroyed about 1,000 homes and 300 private bridges.  The UCC has helped with cleaning kits, staff, work teams and a special focus on restoring bridges.

Urgent Needs

UCC Match Grants for CWS Kits

For the second year in a row, UCC Disaster Ministries is offering $250 matching grants to its congregations to assemble Church World Service Kits, which can be crucial to recovery following an international or domestic disaster.  This year grants may be used for all CWS Kits.  Grant applications will be processed between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2015.  Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't miss out! Get your application in today!


Donate to Nepal Quake 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.



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 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.  


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