United Church of Christ

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

UCC sends another $100,000 for Puerto Rico rebuilding

UCC Disaster Ministries just released another $100,000 to rebuild Hurricane Maria-battered homes in Puerto Rico. UCC's total aid to date tops $600,000. The UCC and the Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Puerto Rico are collaborating on a multifaceted response. Among other things, they recruit volunteer work teams, which have restored 75 homes so far! Many more houses are on the waiting list - schedule your work team! There are openings into 2020.

Tornadoes, flooding, other disasters beset U.S.

More than two dozen major disasters have been declared across the United States so far in 2019 including severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides and mudslides, and tornadoes. And now California is seeing an outbreak of wildfires. UCC Disaster Ministries is working to support local UCC congregations in their initial response and already has provided $17,000 to local UCC congregations for food pantries and other disaster response programs in hard-hit Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas.  

Disaster preparedness workshop June 22 during General Synod

The frequency and intensity of natural disasters are increasing, affecting nearly every church and community in our country. At 1:30 p.m. June 22 during UCC General Synod in Milwaukee, WI, UCC Disaster Ministries and The Insurance Board will offer a one-hour workshop on disaster preparedness, "What to Do When Disaster Strikes: Protecting your Church, Serving your Community."

Ohio, Kansas UCC churches help their communities after tornadoes

Ohio and Kansas UCC churches are reaching out to help their communities following tornadoes and other powerful storms. 

UCC enters partnership with Airbnb "Open Homes" program

The United Church of Christ has been accepted as a partner in Airbnb’s Open Homes program, through which hosts donate emergency lodging to disaster survivors and recovery workers, refugees and asylum seekers, and families accompanying loved ones for medical appointments. In turn, the UCC is encouraging members to consider signing up as “Open Homes” hosts.