Compassion in Action
Your service as a UCC Disaster Recovery Volunteer helps people rebuild their physical homes and is an act of presence that demonstrates the commitment to walk beside people as they seek to rebuild their lives. Together, we can be the body of Christ in the world. UCC Disaster Ministries has arranged the following opportunities for mission groups to help homeowners in the intermediate and long-term recovery process.
Serve as a group or as an individual for week-long periods.
Disaster Sites Ready for Volunteers
NEW! U.S. Virgin Islands Receiving
Volunteer Work Teams Now!
Groups of up to 15 volunteers are now being received for one to three weeks each to do debris removal, cleaning, tarping and sanitization of homes on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Many homes remain untouched since Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused extensive damage in September 2017.
Minimum age: 16. Click here for more information/apply.
Puerto Rico Disaster Recovery
Volunteer Mission Groups Needed
Work teams of up to 15 volunteers each may sign up now to help with hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico. Beginning June 1, 2018, groups will serve for one-week periods. Work may include debris removal, cleaning, tarping, sanitation, light carpentry, roofing, and repair work of homes and/or church properties in the Humacao city area. Minimum age: 16 with a parental consent form.
We need work teams to sign up now! Click here for more information and to register.
Hurricane Harvey Recovery Worksite in Port Arthur, Texas
In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, bringing torrential rains and devastating flooding to Texas, leaving 900,000 people in need. Among those hit hardest - low-income renters in already economically precarious Port Arthur. UCC Disaster Ministries is partnering with the Southeast Texas Community Development Corporation (SETCDC) to repair its 17 apartments that took in two feet of water. Work may include but will not be limited to light carpentry, drywall, insulation, flooring, trim and painting. Click here for full information and to volunteer. NOTE: Volunteers stay FOR FREE in a newly renovated house.
Volusia County, Fla., Hurricanes Irma & Matthew Recovery
Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on Sept. 10, 2017, with record-force winds and storm surges, causing extensive damage. Hurricane Matthew hit the same areas in October 2016. In Volusia County, hundreds of homes were destroyed or suffered major damage, with more than $600 million in estimated losses. UCC Disaster Ministries has partnered with VIND (Volusia Interfaiths/Agencies Networking in Disasters) to assist households to repair/rebuild homes, e.g. roofing, gutting interiors, replacing insulation, siding, drywall repair and painting, flooring and other interior work as needed. Click here for full information and to volunteer.
BE INSPIRED – Create community. Practice discipleship. See God and other people and creation in new ways. Resources to help you prepare your group are available at UCC Mission Trip Opportunities.
LEARN – You are an important part of a larger system of response and recovery. Explore the networks in place for disaster response and recovery. Know your UCC Conference Disaster Coordinator. Follow UCC Disaster Ministries on Facebook at One Great Hour of Sharing (UCC).
SHARE – Your skills help rebuild and repair homes and lives. Construction skills: Framing, Plumbing, Roofing, Painting, Electrical, Landscaping
ADVOCATE – Use the authenticity gained by this experience to be a public voice for a just world for all in your local, state and national media and government bodies. Join Justice and Peace Action Network!
VIDEO RESOURCE - Houston pastors share the experience of going through Hurricane Harvey in this video, "Love Them Back to Life."
Disaster Ministries also has t-shirts available for sale in the UCC online store here. Other items with the Disaster Ministries logo can be ordered through Lands End as well. Please click here for more information on how to order.