UCC Disaster Ministries

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

New Disaster Preparedness Guide "breaks it down" for families, churches

Are your family and your church congregation prepared if disaster strikes? Whether your answer is "no" and you have no idea where to start or you already have your emergency supplies stocked, you are sure to find a great deal of helpful information in UCC Disaster Ministries' new Disaster Preparedness Guide.

In Florida, living under tarps, waiting for volunteer work teams

As Hurricane Matthew raked Florida's Daytona Beach area last October, it threw trees onto houses and even rolled the roofs off many mobile homes. Many people have been living under plastic tarps since then, unable to afford repairs. Three dozen homes are ready or nearly ready for volunteer work teams. Schedule yours today!

UCC Disaster Ministries sends another $50,000 for Nepal houses

Kirani Maya Tamang, a 45-year-old widow in Kimtang, Nepal, lost her home to a landslide caused by the two deadly, destructive earthquakes in 2015.  Full Maya Tamang, 38, also lost her home to the quake. Now both women and their families have new, earthquake-resistant homes, thanks to a construction program supported by UCC Disaster Ministries.

UCC Responds to Nepal Earthquake

July 2017 update of main UCC Nepal Earthquake Response page, including "By the Numbers," "Latest Resources," links to past stories and updates, and how to help.

Maryland church makes 26 cleanup buckets with UCC match grant

"When someone gets one of these, they know someone cares," says Susan Rock of Grace United Church of Christ in Taneytown, Md. She's talking about CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets. Grace UCC just completed 26 buckets thanks to generous contributions from its members, a $250 matching grant from UCC Disaster Ministries ... and careful shopping!

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

NEW! Volusia County, Fla., Hurricane Matthew Recovery

UCC Disaster Ministries has partnered with VIND (Volusia Interfaiths/Agencies Networking in Disasters) to assist Daytona Beach area households damaged by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 to repair/rebuild homes, e.g. roofing, gutting interiors, replacing insulation, siding, drywall repair and painting, flooring and other interior work as needed.

NEW! Baton Rouge, La., Flood Recovery

UCC Disaster Ministries has partnered with the Fuller Center For Housing in Louisiana to help residents return home following historic and catastrophic flooding in August of 2016. Thousands of residents still live in temporary housing struggling to rebuild their lives. Volunteers are needed to repair and rebuild homes.  Additional work team locations to be announced soon!

Matching Grants for CWS Buckets, Kits

Join the 40 UCC congregations that have applied so far for a UCC Disaster Ministries Matching Grant of up to $250 to assemble Church World Service Emergency Cleanup Buckets and other kits. The need is great: CWS distributed more than 14,000 buckets last year, but now it's stock is down to a critical low of 600.

ACTIVE RECOVERY PROGRAMS

Hurricane Matthew (U.S. & Caribbean)
East Africa Famine
West Virginia Floods
Nepal Earthquake

RECENT RECOVERY PROGRAMS

Ecuador Earthquake
Japan Quake/Tsunami/Nuclear Disaster
South Carolina Floods
Fiji Cyclone Winston
Philippines Typhoon Haiyan

UCC CONFERENCE DISASTER COORDINATORS

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12 Ways to Help Disaster Survivors

In addition to the 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!

 

Hurricane Matthew slider photo from Haiti (above) courtesy of CWS

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