Written by Phyllis Richards
The major role of the church in this disaster, as in all disasters, is long-term recovery. The UCC has trained Disaster Network Coordinators and Church World Service (CWS) staff who will work with devastated communities in the U.S.A. to organize and plan for identifying and meeting the "un-met" needs of their communities – to catch the folks who might otherwise fall through the cracks. Church partners in Haiti and Cuba are also being supported. The UCC promises to walk with disastered communities on the long, long road to restoration.
100% of your gift made to the United Church of Christ – Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund goes to support hurricane recovery programming. This is possible because church member’s gifts to Our Church’s Wider Mission basic support provide for the infrastructure necessary to make the UCC disaster response possible.
Initial grants are provided during the emergency phase to help churches and communities to be able to respond to their needs and those of their members:
Connecticut - $23,000
$2,000 - First Church Fairfield, Fairfield, CT - to assist with church being opened as a shelter and community meal center for those displaced.
$2,000 - Northfield Congregational Church, Weston, CT - to assist with church opening as a community shelter and meal center for those without power & for damage done to parsonage.
$2,000 - United Congregational Church, Bridgeport, CT - to support expansion of church's community meal program and food bank.
$2,000 - Olivet Congregational Church, Bridgeport, CT - to assist with church building damage repairs caused by storm.
$15,000 - United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, Fairfield, CT - to assist with the unmet needs in the communities of Bridgeport & Fairfield that resulted from Hurricane Sandy.
Maryland - $5,000
$5,000 - Heritage UCC, Baltimore, MD - to assist with roof repairs of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
New Jersey - $291,193
$2,000 - First Congregational Christian UCC, Irvington, NJ - to assist with church opening as a community center for area residents displaced.
$2,000 - Margate Community UCC, NJ - grant to be used for the greater need of the community devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
$17,404- New Jersey Community Food Bank, Hillside, NJ - Value of Safety equipment sent and being distributed across the state for safe clean-up efforts.
$2,000 - First Congregational UCC of Maple Shade, Maple Shade, NJ - Support of relief efforts around hurricane Sandy.
$3,317 - Brigantine, NJ - Value of safety equipment being sent to the area for distribution to assist with cleanup efforts.
$4,618 - Manahawkin, NJ - Value of safety equipment being sent to the area for distribution to assist with cleanup efforts.
$10,000 - Bergen County VOAD - Assistance to 2 counties with damage and repair costs.
$25,000 - The Fuller Center for Housing - Support of organizations construction gap funding for families in Atlantic City, NJ.
$10,000 - Margate Community UCC - Assistance with remodling & upgrading of a church building to house work groups coming to assist with rebuilding.
$1,142 - Margate Community UCC - reimbursement of expenses incurred by host church for Hurricane Sandy Recovery training.
$1,800 - Registrar stipend - payment of stipend for March 2013 thru current date for Disaster Recovery Registrar serving New Jersey.
$20,000 - Middlesex County LTRG - to assist 7 most impacted municipalities by Superstorm Sandy in Middlesex County.
$10,000 - Ironbound Community Corporation - to support the long term recovery work by the newly formed LTRG in Essex County.
$10,000 - Cape May COunty LTRG - to support the long term recovery work in Cape May County.
$10,000 - Southwest LTRG - to support the long term recovery work in the southwest counties of NJ.
$10,000 - Cumberland County LTRG - to support the long term recovery work in CUmberland County.
$5,000 - Community UCC, Holmdel, NJ - to support the addition of a shower to the church facility to allow housing for volunteer work groups.
$5,000 - United Way of Greater Union County - to support their work in volunteer support, communications, unmet survivor needs, mold remediation, repair & reconstruction.
$5,000 - United Way of Hudson County - to support both communication materials and unmet needs as determined by the Hudson County Long Term Recovery Group.
$50,000 - O.C.E.A.N. Inc. - support of Pierce's Wood Project aimed at building homes for displaced Hurricane Sandy Survivors.
$76,912 - Fuller Center for Housing - support of ongoing reconstruction in Atlantic County by supporting a full time construction manager to work with the LTRG by overseeing repairs and rebuilding of homes.
$10,000 - Atlantic City Long Term Recovery Group - Support of ongoing repair and reconstruction work in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
New York - $53,549
$2,000 - First Parish Church UCC, Jamesport, NY - to assist with church being opened as a shelter for community members displaced.
$2,000 - Greenpoint Reformed Church, Brooklyn, NY - to assist community members in disaster covered areas apply for emergency support.
$2,408 - Freemont Food Pantry in Freeport, NY - Value of Safety equipment sent for distribution into the community for safe clean-up efforts.
$8,702 - Adventist Group, New York City Metro area - Value of Safety equipment sent for distribution into the community for clean-up efforts.
$4,400 - Mastic Shirley Coad, NY - value of Safety equipment sent for distribution into the community for safe clean-up efforts.
$2,000 - New York Conference UCC in DeWitt, NY - To help support a disaster coordinator to organize initial phases of assessment and response.
$2,000 - First Congregational Church of Rockway Beach, NY - to assist families with basic mechanical needs in order to get electricity restored.
$2,000 - Bethany Congregational Church, Rockaway, NY - to assist financially with additional utility costs incurred and for the purchase of supplies while operating as a FEMA aid station.
$2,000 - Judson Memorial Church UCC, New York, NY - for participation in a program providing cash assistance to restaurant workers who lost wages.
$8,621 - Aidmatrix Network, Central Islip, NY - value of safety equipment sent for distribution in the community.
$2,000 - Rivers at Rehoboth, Bronx, NY - To supply basic needs, temporary shelter, gas and food for those members displaced.
$8,702 - Sleepys Warehouse, Bethpage, NY - value of safety equipment sent for distribution in the community.
$1,716 - Mt. Sinai Church, Mount Sinai, NY - Purchase of cots to house volunteer work groups.
$5,000 - New Church International / Goodoers Food Pantry - support to those responding to Hurricane Sandy recovery on Coney Island in the area of management and training of volunteers.
Ohio - $6,000
$2,000 - St. Paul's Community Church UCC, Cleveland, OH - to assist with cleanup and roof damage from persistent rains.
$2,000 - Magyar United Church of Christ, Elyria, OH - assistance with steeple damage repair.
$2,000 - Avon Lake UCC, Avon Lake, OH - grant to be distributed to church members suffering financial hardship due to extended lack of power.
Pennsylvania - $2,000
$2,000 - Trinity UCC, Fort Loudon, PA - assistance with steeple damage repair and basement flooding at church.
Virginia - $5,000
$5,000 - St. James UCC, Lovettsville, VA - to assist with roof repairs from damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
West Virginia - $3,288
$1,788 - Ohio Conference UCC - Purchase of generators for use at relief centers being set up in West Virginia.
$1,500 - Region "5" Long-Term Disaster Recovery Group, Beaver, WV - Start up grant for long-term recovery group in affected region.
To Partner Organizations - $86,161
$5,000 - Church World Service, Elkhart, IN, USA - to support Hurricane Sandy Disaster Response across the 17 states impacted in the USA.
$15,000 - ACT Alliance - to support Hurricane Sandy Disaster Response with food, water and shelter in Cuba.
$61,161- ACT Alliance - to support Hurricane Sandy Disaster Response with food water and shelter in Haiti.
$10,000 - Church World Service - for development and humanitarian assistance to those in the Caribbean affected by Hurricane Sandy.