United Church of Christ

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

In Puerto Rico, UCC and IEUPR complete 105 roofs, have 45 to go!

UCC Disaster Ministries and the Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Puerto Rico (IEUPR) have completed the restoration of 105 Maria-damaged homes to date, especially the repair of roofs, with the help of 420 volunteers. Immediate goal: restore 45 more roofs wait-listed to be fixed to bring the total to 150. UCC Disaster Ministries will continue to support recovery efforts as long as financial resources allow. Give/volunteer!  

Hurricane Dorian - UCC Funding Appeal

A Hurricane Dorian assessment team deployed by the ecumenical ACT Alliance has completed its visit to Grand Bahamas and is preparing its report. The team's mandate: to assess damages with intent to determine steps needed to support recovery and rehabilitation. UCC Disaster Ministries provided technical support along with financial support for the team's expenses.

Hurricane Michael recovery gets going in Florida Panhandle

$5,000 seed grants from UCC Disaster Ministries will go toward costs for three Hurricane Michael long-term recovery groups in the Florida Panhandle - Liberty (County) Strong, Gadsden (County) Strong and the North Florida Inland Long-Term Recovery Group (Jackson and Calhoun Counties). The UCC also is supporting recovery in Bay and Washington counties, including with recruitment of volunteer work teams. 

Update: UCC Responds to Nepal Earthquake

It's a gift that keeps on giving! UCC Disaster Ministries' initial investment of $200,000 has built earthquake-resistant homes for 53 vulnerable families who survived the devastating 2015 earthquakes in Nepal. The families are paying back interest-free loans into a revolving fund, already used to build 20 more homes. Now the UCC has just sent an additional $40,000 for yet more homes!

UCC funds resiliency training for a Sulawesi, Indonesia, village

$15,000 from UCC Disaster Ministries will fund 12 months of resiliency training for an entire village in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, which a year ago (September 28, 2018) suffered a massively destructive earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 2,000 people and displaced tens of thousands. The goal is to build communities with independent ability to avoid danger, adapt to disaster risks and recover quickly.