United Church of Christ

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

Volunteer engagement, disaster response positions open at UCC

United Church of Christ National Ministries has two open positions on the Global H.O.P.E. (Humanitarian. Opportunities. Progress. Empowerment.) team of Wider Church Ministries - Minister for Volunteer Engagement and Minister for Disaster Response and Recovery. The application close date for both positions is November 20, 2020. 

An update on Hagibis recovery in Japan

UCC Disaster Ministries last year granted $10,000 for CWS Japan to help 1,000 vulnerable families without support mechanisms recover from Typhoon Hagibis, which struck central Japan in October 2019, forcing millions to evacuate and killing at least 80 people. The recovery effort is now complete.

UCC Disaster Ministries' $50K more for Puerto Rico

UCC Disaster Ministries has invested close to $820k to date in Hurricane Maria recovery in Puerto Rico, including $50k just authorized for roof repair once the COVID-19 lockdown ends. From 2018 until March 2020, 542 UCC volunteers restored 121 Maria-damaged roofs and performed other repairs. Pending: repairs following #earthquakes early in 2020. No damage is reported yet from more earthquakes this week.

2020 Hurricanes - UCC Disaster Ministries Responds

2020 is acting according to predictions that it would be a particularly heavy hurricane season. The latest hurricane to strike the coast was Sally, which made landfall during the night of September 16 as a Category 2 hurricane followed closely by Tropical Storm Beta. Sally was the first hurricane to strike Alabama since Ivan in 2004. 

Western Wildfires Keep People on High Alert

More than 70 large fires have burned more than 4 million acres in 11 U.S. Western states, destroying homes, forcing evacuations and taking lives. At least 35 people have been killed. UCC members and congregations are in the middle of it all.