United Church of Christ

Hurricane Harvey


See also: Fall 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas on August 25 as a Category 4 hurricane with 130mph winds. The storm caused widespread flooding and significant damage across southern Texas and Louisiana as the slow moving storm dropped several feet of water throughout the region. UCC Disaster Ministries is coordinating with other faith partners and voluntary, federal and state agencies for long-term recovery.  The South Central Conference Minister and Conference Disaster Coordinator are in contact with local churches and their communities.

The Disaster by the Numbers:

  • 8 million people within area of impact
  • More than 50 inches of rain in some areas
  • 1,300 people currently in shelters across the region
  • 500,000 homes estimated to be affected
  • 874,495 FEMA registrations
  • Media reporting up to 57 storm-related fatalities
  • 73 oil/HAZMAT incidents reported
  • Red Cross has authorized more than $142 million in financial assistance to help more than 356,000 Texas households

The UCC is part of response networks you see on the news and those you don’t see. UCC Disaster Ministries already is gearing up for our long-term recovery work in the region and your contributions for Harvey survivors means providing community support for holistic recovery, repairing house and home for families and children and restoring dignity for the most vulnerable who have lost everything in the wake of this catastrophic event.

The UCC Response


GIVE generously to support Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts by clicking on the link to make a secure online donation. Gifts may also be made at your local UCC congregation marked for “Hurricane Harvey” with the request they be sent through your Conference office or to the UCC national office. Donations may be sent directly to United Church of Christ, Financial Services - 6th Floor, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.

You will be meeting the unique needs of vulnerable individuals and families by filling gaps in services through the following provisions:

  • Spiritual care
  • Community organizing
  • Repair and reconstruction of homes
  • Tools
  • Building materials
  • Volunteer coordination

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VOLUNTEER - Volunteers around the country are needed in the months and years ahead. Individuals to be trained and serve for periods of 6-12 months will be needed for leadership. Groups will be needed to rebuild homes and walk with people as they recover their lives and dreams.

Sign up here to be the first to receive information on registration for long-term recovery. Past volunteers in long-term disaster recovery have removed carpet and drywall from flooded homes, installed framing, listened to local stories of the disaster, and wrote guest editorials in their local news outlets.

Today – Register to serve in Florida and Louisiana in response to Hurricane Matthew which hit in 2016. Skilled roofers are needed beginning on October 15 in Volusia County, FL in response to both Hurricane Matthew and now Hurricane Irma damage. Register here.

ASSEMBLE CLEANUP BUCKETS - UCC Disaster Ministries is offering $250 matching grants to congregations assembling CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets.  In an emergency like Harvey with widespread, severe flooding, the demand for buckets will be high - CWS distributed 8,000 buckets after Hurricane Matthew. CWS has re-opened their depots and added special ones. Find your closest depot here.

HOLD A YARD SALE, BARBEQUE OR BAKE SALE and contribute the money raised to Harvey recovery. We know of no need for in-kind donations, especially clothes. If there are specific in-kind needs that arise, we will post them here.


PREPARE - Use this time of attention to disaster to prepare your family, your congregation, your community.


Downloadable Bulletin Insert - PDF

Prayers Following Disasters

Hymn for Disasters

Preparedness Toolkit

Responding to Hurricanes Irma, Maria

Hurricane Reflection by Jim Moos


UCC News

March 13, 2018: Volunteers, hosts at UCC's new Harvey recovery site share skills, hugs, prayers

March 13, 2018: UCC Hurricane Harvey recovery worksite begins receiving volunteers

Feb. 9, 2018: Commentary: What we learned serving on a disaster recovery work team

Jan. 22, 2018: UCC opening new Harvey worksite in Port Arthur TX; survivor testifies

Nov. 16, 2017: Retirement Housing Foundation matching gift program makes major donation to hurricane relief

Nov. 6, 2017: Help for most vulnerable in Houston (TX), Sonoma (CA) after disasters

Oct. 26, 2017: UCC Disaster Ministries announces new Harvey workshop

Sept. 29, 2017: UCC hires Houston couple to coordinate Hurricane Harvey recovery

Sept. 28, 2017: Clean up bucket collaboration puts more than 1000 kits in the hands of hurricane victims

Sept. 22, 2017: Wisconsin church to donate fall festival proceeds to hurricane recovery

Sept. 18, 2017: Love Them Back to Life

Sept. 18, 2017: Disaster Ministries prepares pastoral planning mission in Texas, Florida

Sept. 14, 2017: Commentary: Our displaced neighbors

Sept. 14, 2017: Corpus Christi congregation aids disaster distribution on Texas coast

Sept. 12, 207: Texas congregation returns home for worship after Hurricane Harvey flood

Sept. 7, 2017: Commentary: Where is the hope?

Sept. 7, 2017: Disaster Ministries launches Hurricane Irma appeal, immersed in Harvey recovery

Sept. 5, 2017: Commentary: How does UCC Disaster Ministries respond to disasters?

Sept. 5, 2017: Texas churches reaching out to support neighbors flooded out by Harvey

Sept. 2, 2017: UCC congregations, organizations heeding call to help after Harvey

Sept. 1, 2017: Donations, clean-up kits among most pressing needs in Hurricane Harvey aftermath

Aug. 31, 2017: Public Witness Statement from the UCC National Officers - PDF Version

Aug. 31, 2017: Commentary: With Hurricane Harvey, a Compassion Deficit and Trump's Paris Problem

Aug. 29, 2017: Texas church, washed out in 2016, flooded by Hurricane Harvey

Aug. 28, 2017: Hurricane Harvey prompts UCC emergency appeal for long-term recovery

And More!

Click here for a collection of stories about UCC congregations affected by, extending help after recent hurricanes

Sept. 6, 2017: Loving Them Back to Life: Hurricane Harvey Reflections by Rev. Shari Prestemon, UCC Minnesota Conference Minister

Sept. 1, 2017: National Council of Churches and its Member Communions Respond to Hurricane Harvey

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