UCC Disaster Ministries

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

Faster disaster recovery is goal of new UCC-led initiative

United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries is developing an ecumenical pilot project to more quickly and effectively support the formation of long-term recovery groups in communities affected by disaster.  It is developing the new Disaster Recovery Support Initiative in partnership with the disaster programs of the Church of the Brethren and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Reminder: Dec. 31 is CWS Kits Matching Grant Application Deadline

Don't miss the December 31 application deadline for your matching grant to assemble Church World Service Kits.  CWS School, Hygiene and Baby Care Kits and Emergency Cleanup Buckets can be crucial to the recovery process following an international or domestic disaster.  With a UCC matching grant of up to $250, your congregation can do economically what Pastor Lorraine Grinnell of Albion, Mich., describes as “a great intergenerational mission project” for the whole congregation.

Disaster recovery is both physical and spiritual, UCC affirms

United Church of Christ seminarian Amy Fishburn recalls how satisfying it was to rebuild Katrina-battered houses as a volunteer in Louisiana. Still, she was haunted by the awareness that the 2005 hurricane’s survivors “needed so much more than to get back into their homes. Where are they emotionally and spiritually?” she wondered. UCC Disaster Ministries recognizes that offering spiritual care is as important to survivors’ long-term recovery as helping them get back into safe housing. ...

Youth Volunteer Speaks About Experience

Disaster Ministries youth volunteer John Zangari spoke about his experience rebuilding a home in Pennsylvania damaged by Hurricane Sandy at the Annual Meeting of the Penn Northeast Conference earlier this year. The following is a video of his speech.

UCC Sets Goal to Build 50 Quake-Resistant Homes in Nepal

Taking the next step in its broad program of support for Nepal’s recovery following April’s devastating earthquake, United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries has set the goal of building 50 earthquake-resistant, permanent homes in that South Asian country.  Each house will cost about $4,000.  UCC Disaster Ministries already has sent $50,000 to its partner, The Fuller Center for Housing, a Christian faith-based ministry, to begin the first 12 homes. 

Urgent Needs

Resources for Advent: Proclaim Hope Amid Climate Change

Did you know that El Niño is the name for both a massive weather event and the Christ Child? The former a window into the devastating effects of climate change. The latter is our hope. This Advent, proclaim hope amid climate change.

The United Church of Christ is offering sermon starters, devotionals and other resources for congregations and individuals to use during Advent 2015.  This is especially timely given the concurrent climate change conference in Paris.

“The juxtaposition of an enormous weather event spanning oceans and continents with a tiny infant speaks to the radical, world-defying expectations of our faith," says the Rev. Brooks Berndt, UCC Minister for Environmental Justice. "This is precisely the kind of faith we need now as much as ever.” 

Click here for resources for learning, preaching and prayer.


Donate to Nepal Quake Relief

Click here for updated Sunday Bulletin Insert: "We can help. Together. Today."

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.  With winter coming soon, 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. 



Donate to U.S. Disaster Response

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 wildfire-affected congregations in California and, just this week, from Garden of Grace UCC in Columbia, S.C., which has collected hundreds of pounds of clothing, food, toiletries and other items for evacuation shelters and is assisting four flooded families with cleanup and recovery.  In addition, UCC Disaster Ministries is deploying 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.



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