United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries is contributing $25,000 to the UCC New York Conference for its work in the state hardest hit by novel coronavirus pandemic. This grant is the first in an unfolding multi-agency program of response to COVID-19.
Out of the 59,000 deaths from the virus recorded in the United States (as of April 28), the state of New York has suffered more than 17,600 deaths, with more than 12,500 of those in New York City alone.
The Rev. David Gaewski, UCC New York Conference Minister, said the funds will be used to help families without resources to properly bury their loved ones who died of COVID-19. Pastors can contact the UCC New York Conference requesting assistance for congregants or community members.