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Beirut Explosion Response

Kansas church aids COVID-19 affected immigrant neighbors

When COVID-19 shut down much of the U.S. economy, among the people hardest hit were immigrant and refugee neighbors of Plymouth Congregational Church of Lawrence, Kansas. Plymouth UCC quickly set out to meet the burgeoning immediate needs of the 52 vulnerable immigrant families already in case management with partner Centro Hispano. Among contributors to this effort are the UCC’s COVID-19 Refugee and Asylum Fund.

Grants to UCC Conferences - from PPE to Tech Upgrades

United Church of Christ conferences are engaging the challenges and disparities created or worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic with assistance as diverse as eviction protection for people out of work, PPE for hurricane shelters and technology upgrades for rural congregations. Funding from Wider Church Ministries (WCM) “is helping them serve communities hardest hit by the pandemic,” said the Rev. Dr. Monica Dawkins-Smith, Executive Associate for Wider Church Ministries and Operations.

COVID-19 grant to CA church helps migrant moms "stir in the love"

Six days a week, the kitchen at Eden UCC in Hayward, Calif., is bustling. Volunteer cooks – primarily asylum-seeking mothers from Mexico and Central America – are using their favorite recipes to prepare hot meals that provide nourishment and a taste of home to 100 households - asylum-seeking youth and migrant families with children who've been impacted by COVID-19.

"Recovering Hope" offers emotional care resources during COVID-19

Disasters are stressful for survivors and caregivers alike. The long-running COVID-19 disaster is taking an enormous emotional toll on millions of people as they and those around them suffer sickness and death, isolation and loss of community and livelihoods. In response, the UCC is launching “Recovering Hope,” resources for emotional and spiritual care for pastors, chaplains and other church leaders, congregants, vulnerable communities and beyond.

Urgent Needs

"Recovering Hope" resources for emotional, spiritual care

Find relief for stressors caused or increased by COVID-19.

COVID-19 briefing from the UCC

This briefing separates facts from falsehoods and fear, supplying valuable information for ministry during the pandemic crisis.

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in health, including COVID-19

Diverse resources addressing issues of racial and ethnic disparities related to health and violence against communities of color.

Download: Considerations for Deploying Disaster Recovery Work Site Volunteers Safely During COVID-19

UCC COVID-19 grants available

Index to resources - COVID-19 and the church

Preparedness Resources

More Disaster Info

Update on volunteer work sites - Puerto Rico, Florida, North Carolina

Update on Matching Grants for CWS Buckets, Kits

UCC Disaster Ministries 2019 Summary - Information on 2019 and Ongoing Response Work

Tennessee Tornadoes
Recent Grants: Australia, Syria, Philippines
Hurricane Michael Recovery

Other Resources

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