Hurricane Maria caused an estimated $20 billion in damage. It wiped out 80 percent of crop values, a blow to the island’s economy that also left its 3.4 million U.S. citizen residents food insecure.
Maria knocked out all electricity on the entire island, disrupted water supply, crippled communications systems, damaged roads and littered the island with debris. The storm killed 10 people in this U.S. Commonwealth.
"We stand ready to support our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and call on all our churches to continue to pray and give financially for what will be a long road ahead," said Zach Wolgemuth, UCC Disaster Ministries Executive.
The Disaster by the numbers:
- 5,220 people in shelters in Puerto Rico
- 620,323 FEMA registrations in Puerto Rico related to both Irma and Maria
- Puerto Rico's power grid is completely down. There is little electricity on the island and officials estimate 6 months to completely restore the grid.
- At least 43,000 roofs are estimated damaged in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands
Direct Support to Puerto Rico:
- $10,000 to Iglesia Cristiana (Disciplulos de Cristo) en Puerto Rico (ICDCPR) to provide first aid kits, electric generators, drinking water, water filters, non-perishable food, and battery-powered radios. It is estimated that ICDCPR will help 20 communities and over 5,000 persons.
- $10,000 to United Evangelical Church of Puerto Rico and Ryder Hospital for medical supplies and in-kind support to families.
- $12,500 for repair of student housing; replacement of computers and classroom furniture, maintenance of the library's digital catalog, and telecommunications restoration at the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico.
Support to U.S. Mainland Assistance to People Displaced from Puerto Rico:
- $6,000 to the UCC Pennsylvania Southeast Conference for a program of assistance to people displaced from Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. Hundreds of people - some of them with few or no resources and many unmet needs - have made their way to Philadelphia, which has the second largest population on the mainland of people of Puerto Rican descent.
DISASTER MINISTRIES HELPING PEOPLE
Resources provided by FEMA for people in Puerto Rico
Disaster Ministries Empowers Global Ministries' Partners
GIVE generously to support hurricane 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 Relief Puerto Rico” 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, 700 Prospect Avenue, Financial Services, 6th Floor, Cleveland, OH 44115, clearly marked for Hurricane Relief, or designated for Puerto Rico.
Get Involved Follow this link to "Stand with Puerto Rico".
It is important to remember unsolicited donated goods (e.g., clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs) require voluntary agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.
Sept. 29, 2017: UCC sending first round of assistance to partners in Puerto Rico
Sept. 26, 2017: UCC poised to offer long-term assistance in Puerto Rico
Oct. 4, 2017: Thirteen Days of Prayers for Puerto Rico (Global Ministries)
Oct. 4, 2017: Wounded Healers: Stories of Resilience, Solidarity, and Hope in Puerto Rico (Global Ministries)
Sept. 27, 2017: Solidarity with the Caribbean Region after Disasters (Global Ministries)
Sept. 25, 2017: A Word about Puerto Rico and Mexico (Global Ministries)