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Lavinia's story: Fears, struggles in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria

Like nothing she'd ever seen before. That's how Lavinia, 81, describes last September's Hurricane Maria and the storm's devastation in Puerto Rico. This spring, volunteers repaired Lavinia’s roof using materials purchased by donations to UCC Disaster Ministries. Read Lavinia's story and consider how you can help.  

"Balm" for survivors of volcanic eruptions in Guatemala

Call it "Balm in Gilead," if you will, for survivors of the deadly Fuego volcano eruptions in Guatemala – people who have fled the volcano’s rain of sand, rock, ash and 600-degree gases and taken refuge in church-assisted and other unofficial shelters. UCC Disaster Ministries is helping meet survivors' needs for both material and emotional "balm."

When disaster recovery help is needed, "Why not go now?" Wisconsin church asks

"Why not go now?" That’s what members of Grace Congregational United Church of Christ in Two Rivers, Wis., say when disaster strikes and there’s a need for hands-on recovery help. Their "go now" spirit has infused 22 mission trips, the most recent in March to UCC Disaster Ministries’ long-term recovery work site in Port Arthur, Texas.

Apply Today! UCC Matching Grants for CWS Kits

UCC churches assembling CWS Kits are invited to stretch their resources by applying for $250 matching grants from UCC Disaster Ministries. In 2018 - the fourth year the denomination is offering the matching grants - up to 75 matching grants will be awarded. To qualify, congregations must show that they have raised at least $250 in cash and in kind for kits. Grants are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

UCC Disaster Ministries helps fund Ebola treatment, prevention in DRC

(Update of our earlier story.) UCC Disaster Ministries is responding to help contain a serious outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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