UCC Response to 2017 Hurricanes

UCC Response to 2017 Hurricanes



The Conference Minister, Conference Disaster Coordinators, and UCC national staff are providing support and coordination around the responses.

Hurricane Harvey

  • Hired Amariee Collins and the Rev. Joshua Lawrence of Houston, Texas, on 9/25/2017 to coordinate the denomination's Hurricane Harvey recovery work over the next two years
  • One UCC congregation in Texas had flood damage and is receiving support
  • $2,000 solidarity/emergency grant was given to St. Paul UCC in Corpus Christi, TX for emergency food distribution in nearby Port Aransas
  • Coordinated the shipment of 260 cleanup buckets for Port Aransas, Texas
  • Training and support provided by national staff for local UCC pastors resourcing their communities with information on how to access available assistance through the Red Cross, local, state, and national sources
  • Long-term recovery plans are being created and launched
  • Identified and established volunteer opportunities for mucking and gutting Harvey-impacted homes.

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Hurricane Irma

  • At least 2 UCC congregations in Florida lost steeples in Hurricane Irma and are receiving support
  • $1,500 solidarity/emergency grant to the Miami Shores Community Church, UCC which is supporting the purchase of a generator, fuel, gas stoves for community cooking, and purchasing and distributing ice
  • $10,000 for prevention of cholera and malnutrition in Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Irma, and to treat any instances that occur
  • $10,000 for distribution in Cuba of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene products and programs), temporary shelter, non-food emergency items like blankets or medicine, help around food security (damaged crops), recovery/livelihoods, and psycho-social support
  • $10,000 for Northern Haiti where homes that were weakened by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 have now sustained additional damage
  • A $3,000 solidarity grant for the Naples, Fla., United Church of Christ to assist with expenses related to the nursery school
  • UCC Disaster Ministries identified and established volunteer opportunities for repairing Irma-affected homes.

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Hurricane Maria

  • $10,000 to provide first aid kits, electric generators, drinking water, water filters, non-perishable food, and battery-powered radios in 20 communities and over 5,000 persons in Puerto Rico
  • $5,000 for basic household goods and appliances for 78 families in the batyes or Dominico-Haitian communities in the Dominican Republic, which families lost in the floods that followed the passing of Hurricanes Irma and Maria

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All Three Hurricanes

  • $10,000 for relief and long-term hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas, including shipment of supplies specifically requested by partners (including tarps and Church World Service Hygiene Kits, Emergency Cleanup Buckets, School Kits and Blankets) and assessment of ongoing and long-term recovery needs and coordination with partners of long-term recovery efforts.

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