Disaster Recovery Volunteers

Compassion in Action

Your service will not only assist in the physical acts of helping people rebuild their homes, but is an act of presence that indicates the commitment to walk beside people as they seek to rebuild their lives.  Together, we can be the body of Christ in the world.  The wider UCC utilizes mission trip groups to help home owners in the long-term recovery process. See more UCC disaster response and recovery actions.

Opportunities to serve and registration will be posted on this page as they are available.

Disaster Sites Ready for Volunteers 

In May 2013, a series of tornadoes caused catastrophic damage in central Oklahoma, including Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties. According to many reports the storm impacted just under 4,000 homes, business and non-residential buildings in communities from across the socioeconomic spectrum were impacted in many ways, and will need ongoing support in terms of long term recovery.  Volunteer opportunities for groups assisting in long-term recovery and rebuilding now are available.  Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)/United Church of Christ Disaster Recovery in Oklahoma.  Register here.
Northwest Florida (Walton):  Tropical Storm Andrea came ashore in Northwest Florida on July 2, 2013, it brought heavy winds and rain causing flooding through three counties.  150 homes have been identified in these three counties, as needing assistance with repairs.  FEMA is not providing any individual assistance to disaster survivors, therefore all of the recovery efforts are handled by faith-based organizations.  Registration information here.


Hurricane Sandy, (unofficially knows as "Superstorm Sandy") in October 2012, affected 24 states in the U.S.  It was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season and the second-costliest in U.S. history.  The Long-Term rebuilding and recovery process continues.  Atlantic County Revive is the Long-Term Recovery Group assembled in Atlantic County to provide coordinated management of the long-term recovery process in helping these communities move forward.  Register your group here.
Northern New Jersey (Bergen County) - Hurricane Sandy Recovery. In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy left Moonachie and Little Ferry, New Jersey under several feet of salt water for days after a 9 foot ocean surge overflowed the Hackensack River.  Almost all of the small homes in this area were damaged and residents were traumatized.  Local organizations responded immediately to help support these communities and projects are now ongoing to repair homes in this area.  Must of the media focuses on areas on the short so this small -inland area of Northern New Jersey tends to be overlooked.  Register your group here.

Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Hurricane Sandy 29 October 2012 ... People in 17 states were impacted. It was a Category 3 storm at its peak intensity when it made landfall in Cuba. When it hit the Northeastern United States, it was a Category 2 storm and the largest Atlantic Hurricane on record (as measured by diameter with winds spanning 1,100 miles). Recovery in Atlantic City, New Jersey ... Behind the Boardwalk ... Opportunities now available for disaster recovery mission groups to accompany the recovery.  Registration information here.  Check the UCC Disaster Alerts webpage for updates.  Read more.
 
Joplin, MO is recovering from a devastating tornado in May of 2011.  Volunteer groups are needed through August 2014.  Register today.  Information and Registration.  Watch YOU-TUBE video of the tornadoes early aftermath.
 

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CONTACT INFO

Mr. Zachary Wolgemuth
Executive for UCC Disaster Ministries
United Church of Christ
700 Prospect Ave
Cleveland,Ohio 44115
216-736-3211
wolgemuthz@ucc.org

Ms. Diane Dicken
Administrative Assistant
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115
216-736-3810
dickend@ucc.org