UCC Disaster Ministries

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

UCC Disaster Ministries works in 21 countries, 10 U.S. states in 2016

In 2016, United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries extended expert recovery assistance in 21 countries, including the United States, to people whose lives were turned upside down by wind and water, wildfires and lead, earthquakes and radiation, drought and hunger.

S.C. storm's impact "still devastating" more than one year after

"I hope people know how devastating this was and still is. It's over a year since the storm and people are still struggling and suffering from it. We still need help." Those are the words of Cynthia Charles, 57, of Columbia, S.C., who was among thousands in communities across South Carolina and in other states whose homes suffered damage from high winds and record-setting torrential rains in October 2015.

Fukushima disaster hurt immigrant women, too; UCC responds

UCC Disaster Ministries has just transmitted $16,178 to Global Ministries partners in Japan who are reaching out to an underserved group of survivors of the triple earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster in March 2011: immigrant women. Some 1,100 Chinese, Korean, Filipino and Thai immigrant women in Fukushima and Shirakawa, Japan, continue to struggle for information and support following the disaster.

Grant supports work with Spanish speakers in Flint water crisis

United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries has approved a $25,000 grant to support the work of the Genesee County Hispanic Latino Collaborative (GCHLC) in Flint, Mich., to serve Spanish-speaking households affected by the water crisis. Woodside Church UCC in Flint is providing the collaborative with space long term as it responds to the needs of an under-served and overlooked population.

Franklinton Center extends hospitality to disaster work teams

When faced with a need, offer the resources you have - and do it with style! That's what the Franklinton Center at Bricks, a UCC covenant partner in rural Whitakers, N.C., did last month when it met an urgent request to house Mennonite Disaster Service volunteer work teams about to start coming to help the area clean up from Hurricane Matthew. 

Urgent Needs


Hurricane Matthew left a humanitarian disaster in its wake in October as it crossed Haiti and Cuba and continued northward to North Carolina, killing more than 500 and displacing hundreds of thousands. Pray, give to UCC Disaster Ministries' response. Click here for more information, a congregational bulletin insert and how to donate.



Parts of Louisiana received 30 inches of rain within three days in August, leaving 13 dead and nearly 61,000 homes destroyed or damaged. UCC Disaster Ministries ordered 1,000 CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets for distribution by the Red Cross and other partners and will be seeking volunteers to support recovery efforts in upcoming months and years. Meanwhile, funding to support this work is needed now, to the Emergency USA fund.



Ecuador suffered a severe 7.8 earthquake on April 16, with subsequent aftershocks and quakes, leaving 663 dead, 6,274 injured and nearly 30,000 people 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. 

Click here for more information including resources for education and action

Click here to donate



UCC Disaster Ministries has contributed $10,000 to the United Church of Christ in the Philippines' initial program of assistance to survivors of typhoons Sarika/Karen (Oct. 16) and Haima/Lawin (Oct. 19) in North Luzon.

The program includes a food relief pack for 1,096 families in 43 communities; palay, corn and vegetable seeds for 1,203 farmer families; construction assistance to nine church families and 16 local churches, and financial assistance to the families of two church members killed by falling trees.

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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. Current sites include West Virginia, Florida and New Jersey, where a new worksite was added 11/2/2016.


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!

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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