UCC Disaster Ministries

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

Infrastructure disasters: an exploration by the Rev. Brooks Berndt

Click through for the first in a three-part series on infrastructure disasters by the United Church of Christ Minister for Environmental Justice, the Rev. Brooks Berndt. The Flint, Mich., water crisis is just one example.

How support for Nepal earthquake recovery touches lives

A widowed shopkeeper in need of a safe home; a chicken farmer in need of "seed money " and a business plan; three villages whose wells suddenly went dry – these are among the beneficiaries of UCC Disaster Ministries’ support for relief and recovery in Nepal following last year’s devastating earthquake, which now totals $240,000.

New Ecuador quake resources for churches

The United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are seeking to raise $500,000 for Ecuador earthquake recovery and have just co-published resources for churches to use to educate their members and rally their support. 

UCC Ecuador earthquake response

Click the headline for a summary, updated in early June, of the April 2016 Ecuador earthquakes disaster and what United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries is doing to help relief and recovery. JUST ADDED TO THE PAGE: an Ecuador earthquake bulletin insert, materials for children, a youth activity and a bookmark.

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.

Urgent Needs


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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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.



Support International Disaster Response

UCC Disaster Ministries also is active internationally. Recent grants have gone to Ecuador for earthquake recovery, 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 along with other long-term recovery activities 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.




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

Contact Info

Diane Dicken
Administrative Assistant for Finance & Program
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115