UCC Matching Grants for CWS Kits Home Page
Note: In the COVID-19 pandemic, UCC Disaster Ministries and Church World Service urge congregations to adapt or postpone kit and bucket assembly gatherings in accordance with local data and guidelines. Meanwhile, individuals and families can still put together kits.
Again in 2020, UCC congregations assembling Church World Service Emergency Cleanup Buckets and other CWS Kits may apply for UCC Matching Grants of up to $250 from UCC Disaster Ministries. Deadline: January 31, 2021.
Members of the denomination can assist hurricane and other disaster relief efforts by pre-assembling these supplies that are warehoused by CWS, ready to be shipped at a moment’s notice when the need arises.
2020 marks the sixth year UCC Disaster Ministries has offered the matching grants. In 2019, 67 congregations received grants. The ministry will continue to fund participating and qualifying congregations up to $250 per congregation on a first-come, first-served basis to congregations that raise $250 in cash and in-kind gifts for CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets.
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BUCKET RECIPIENT, PARTNER TESTIFY TO THE NEED
Celesta Bridgeforth of Athens, Ala., remembered the grief of losing her home to a tornado in 2011.
“We received a CWS Emergency Cleanup Bucket at that time,” she said. “It wasn’t a million bucks but it was nice, convenient and timely and sure did help when I’d lost almost everything and didn’t know what was going on.”
When residents of Lumberton and Warsaw, N.C., were affected by severe flooding, the need for cleanup buckets was substantial. The UCC ordered 1,000 CWS buckets for the Red Cross. Those supplies helped families clean out their homes enough to assess the damage, muck out and tear out ruined drywall.
CeCe Williams, a Red Cross warehouse manager, said, “It was a crucial stage in their recovery from the flood. We are so grateful to our partners who supported our communities. Without them, we would not have been able to help the great number of people in need.”
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