Disaster Ministries

HELPING CONGREGATIONS TO PREPARE, RESPOND AND RECOVER FROM DISASTERS

We are a global-reaching organization called to respond to both natural and human-caused disasters, providing physical, financial, emotional and spiritual care to those affected.

Receive regular updates on ways your church can respond to disaster.

Disaster Recovery

Ways to Respond to Disasters

Active Appeals
Give to one of the appeals below to bring hope and healing to communities in need.

Disaster Grant Opportunities
Receive assistance to help communities in disaster find hope and strength.

More: View the latest disaster recovery site map to learn about all Disaster Ministries’ projects.

Disaster Ministries Willing to Respond

Willing to Respond is a joint venture between United
Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ to help
congregations work better together and connect with their
local disaster response infrastructure.

Disaster Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are needed to help respond to disasters in the United States and abroad. We are a proud member of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster to help connect volunteers to urgent needs in our world.

Urgent Opportunity: Work Team Members Needed in Philadelphia, Eastwick Neighborhood

Disaster Ministry Updates

Corporate grants, church gifts, volunteers — all help people recover from floods

The United Church of Christ is using grants from the home-improvement chain Lowe’s to help…

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In the aftermath of Ian, community is key 

Clergy and lay leaders in areas of Florida devastated by Hurricane Ian Wednesday, Sept. 28,…

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UCC launches emergency appeal for 2022 hurricanes – Ian, Fiona and those still to come

The 2022 hurricane season started slowly – until, in the space of 10 days, two catastrophic…

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Resources for Churches in Times of Disaster

Use these church resources to prepare for and cope with disasters impacting your community.

Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disaster

We are embarking on care for the caregiver through an emotional and spiritual care team. Get involved as a participant, advisor or team member.

About Disaster Ministries

The Global H.O.P.E. team facilitates the UCC’s response to natural and human-caused disasters across the United States and its territories and around the world.

Hand in hand with our Partners in Service and other volunteers, congregations, conferences and partnerships, including a network of Conference Disaster Coordinators, UCC Disaster Ministries seeks to serve the most vulnerable populations, focusing on disaster preparedness, identifying and meeting unmet needs, and spiritual and emotional support.

The UCC is an active member of National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), through which we partner with dozens of organizations, large and small, for holistic, community-based recovery.

Internationally, Global H.O.P.E. maintains direct relationships and partnerships with organizations and faith communities able to appropriately and effectively respond to emergencies and long-term needs. Joshua Baird, Team Leader, works with Area Executives of Global Ministries and through organizations such as Church World Service and the ACT Alliance to direct financial support and ensure the United Church of Christ stands with vulnerable people during times of crisis.

About Lesli Remaly, UCC Minister of Disaster Response

Lesli Remaly began work Feb. 1 2021 as minister for disaster response and recovery. Based in Atlanta, she brings more than 20 years of professional experience with:
• The Federal Emergency Management Agency. There she worked with voluntary agencies and “mass care” situations in eight southeastern states and six federally recognized tribes.
• The American Red Cross and its Coordinated Assistance Network.
FRIEND, a Miami-based, long-term recovery group Church World Service.
She has also worked for UCC, Methodist and Presbyterian congregations in preschool, family life, youth, religious education and arts programs.

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Questions?

Please contact Lesli Remaly (remalyl@ucc.org), Minister for Disaster Response and Recovery, for more information.