United Church of Christ

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

Don't miss out on your $250 UCC Matching Grant for CWS Kits!

Don’t miss this budget and mission stretcher! There are still 60 UCC Disaster Ministries Matching Grants available to UCC churches and other UCC groups that raise at least $250 in cash and/or in kind to assemble Church World Service Kits and Clean-Up Buckets.

UCC responds to Redding, CA wildfires

A UCC congregation in Redding, Calif., is planning a community meal on Tuesday, August 7, for friends and neighbors who have lost their homes and possessions to the wildfires burning in the area. While flames came within a mile of Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, the church building, designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, was spared. The church family was not.

$100,000 UMCOR grant boosts Hurricane Harvey recovery

UCC Disaster Ministries has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) for its work to restore 17 low-income rental units in Port Arthur, Texas, that Hurricane Harvey flooded with two feet of water last August. The Affordable Housing Recovery Project is a partnership with the South East Texas Community Development Corporation (SETCDC), a local non-profit which owns and manages the apartments.

Helping Kenyans survive, rebuild after devastating floods

Severe spring floods in Kenya displaced more than 311,000 people, killing 132 and injuring 23. UCC is a partner in the response, providing $40,000 to date to fund water tanks, portable latrines, hygiene, sanitation, food and other supplies for 910 households (7,300 people) in seven camps in Tana River Sub County.

UCC youth "clean up" at Great Lakes Regional Youth Event

What does it look like when 250 young people from across the Midwest converge in one space to complete a project? "Absolutely marvelous!" said the Rev. Roger Dart, disaster response coordinator for the Illinois Conference UCC. The young people were participants in the UCC's Great Lakes Regional Youth Event at Elmhurst College, in Elmhurst Ill., July 5-8. They put their faith in action, assembling more than 70 Clean-Up Bucket Kits for Church World Service.