United Church of Christ

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

Disaster Recovery - Florida Panhandle

Volunteers are being recruited now to help repair and rebuild homes in the Florida Panhandle. Hurricane Michael caused extensive damage when it made landfall there as a Category 4 storm in October 2018. The storm's heavy rain, high winds, and extreme storm surges caused massive destruction in its path and spawned numerous tornadoes. 

2019 Cyclones and Typhoons - UCC Response

The 2019 Tropical Cyclones and Typhoons season is starting with force, battering Mozambique and neighboring countries, then India and Bangladesh. Click here for information and UCC Disaster Ministries' response, including a special appeal. 

UCC ramps up food pantries, hot meals in flooded Midwest

A widespread disaster with no end in sight has kept a massive area of the U.S. Midwest under water since the “bomb cyclone” brought heavy snow and/or rain along with high winds to more than a dozen states in mid-March. UCC Disaster Ministries is working to support local UCC congregations in their initial response and already has provided $15,000 to local UCC food pantries and hot meals programs in hard-hit Nebraska and Iowa.  

UCC appeals for funds for cyclone recovery in Africa

The United Church of Christ has issued an emergency appeal to assist several countries in Africa devastated by two deadly tropical cyclones which ripped through the Southern Hemisphere just weeks apart. UCC Disaster Ministries hopes to raise $200,000 to increase the International Emergency Relief Fund to respond to disasters around the world, including in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, left reeling by Cyclone Idai on March 15 and Cyclone Kenneth on April 24.

UCC's Karl Jones is National VOAD Volunteer of the Year

UCC Penn Southeast Conference Disaster Coordinator Karl Jones is National VOAD's Volunteer of the Year. He was presented with that honor last night (May 8) during the association's annual meeting, being held May 6-9 in Nashville, Tenn. National VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) cited Jones' long-time partnership with people and communities in recovery following disasters, both within and beyond the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.