Where do your donations to UCC Disaster Ministries go? Read about release of funds in June, July and August.
A contingent of almost a dozen UCC volunteers — teenager to retirees — went to Puerto Rico the first week of August to help get a number of homes under roof. They were one of the first UCC volunteer teams donating time and talents to the people of the island nation in a recovery mission that will span years. And UCC Disaster Ministries is in it for the long haul.
Hurricane Lane brought torrential rains to the islands of Hawai’i. UCC Disaster Ministries has been keeping watch on the storm and its aftermath. UCC News prepared this update Friday, August 24, as local churches and congregants took shelter and immense amounts of water and wind were causing flash floods, landslides, and bringing down trees.
As the Texas Gulf Coast prepares to mark the one year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, one of the most costly storms in U.S. history, the UCC Disaster Ministries' team and partners in the area are preparing for a busy fall season of rebuilding work.
Don’t miss this budget and mission stretcher! There are still 60 UCC Disaster Ministries Matching Grants available to UCC churches and other UCC groups that raise at least $250 in cash and/or in kind to assemble Church World Service Kits and Clean-Up Buckets.
A UCC congregation in Redding, Calif., is planning a community meal on Tuesday, August 7, for friends and neighbors who have lost their homes and possessions to the wildfires burning in the area. While flames came within a mile of Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, the church building, designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, was spared. The church family was not.
UCC Disaster Ministries has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) for its work to restore 17 low-income rental units in Port Arthur, Texas, that Hurricane Harvey flooded with two feet of water last August. The Affordable Housing Recovery Project is a partnership with the South East Texas Community Development Corporation (SETCDC), a local non-profit which owns and manages the apartments.
Severe spring floods in Kenya displaced more than 311,000 people, killing 132 and injuring 23. UCC is a partner in the response, providing $40,000 to date to fund water tanks, portable latrines, hygiene, sanitation, food and other supplies for 910 households (7,300 people) in seven camps in Tana River Sub County.
What does it look like when 250 young people from across the Midwest converge in one space to complete a project? "Absolutely marvelous!" said the Rev. Roger Dart, disaster response coordinator for the Illinois Conference UCC. The young people were participants in the UCC's Great Lakes Regional Youth Event at Elmhurst College, in Elmhurst Ill., July 5-8. They put their faith in action, assembling more than 70 Clean-Up Bucket Kits for Church World Service.
“'If you are more fortunate than others, it is better that you should build a longer table, than a taller fence.' To me, the simplicity and eloquence of this apparently anonymous quote sums up my experience serving in Florida with UCC Disaster Ministries on a hurricane recovery volunteer work team." - Commentary by Scott Smiley