Hurricanes Irma and Maria wiped out water treatment systems in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, leaving people without clean drinking water. According to the Department of Defense, 55% of Puerto Rico was left without clean drinking water. Your help is needed this GivingTuesday. A $20 filter ensures 1 million gallons of fresh water!
Rev. Dr. Melinda V. McLain, Disaster Ministry Coordinator, Northern California-Nevada Conference UCC, writes, "Virtually no one in Northern California will soon forget the terrible devastation of the early October firestorms that swept through Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake, Yuba and Solano counties. Our NCNC-UCC churches and organizations quickly sprang into action ...."
The United Church of Christ's 2017 Hurricane Relief Fund has received a generous gift from the residents, team members and friends of Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF), more than $100,000, which helped push UCC disaster donations earmarked to assist people affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria over the $2 million mark.
UCC's Pennsylvania Southeast Conference (PSEC) is the lead voluntary agency in a public-private collaboration to welcome hundreds of Puerto Rican families fleeing dire post-Maria conditions on the island and seeking refuge in Philadelphia.
Five hundred million gallons of clean drinking water – that will be the total output of 500 water filters donated by UCC Disaster Ministries to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The donation meet a big unmet need following Hurricane Maria. UCC Disaster Ministries also is helping fund a Church World Service shipment to Puerto Rico of 1,000 water filters, 5,000 CWS Hygiene Kits, 500 tarps and rope to go with the tarps.
If you’re a new immigrant, perhaps undocumented, already struggling to make ends meet, and disaster pushes you beyond your ability to cope, where do you turn for help? Grants from UCC Disaster Ministries are helping trusted social service ministries in Houston and Sonoma meet a dramatic increase in need due to Hurricane Harvey and the northern California wildfires.
Even as UCC Disaster Ministries has been responding to recent hurricanes and wildfires, it has not been forgetting the need to provide relief and recovery elsewhere. Here are news briefs about some of those other places we work, starting with a celebration and continuing with disaster situations and recovery work in progress.
This page indexes our latest information, resources and ways to help survivors of hurricanes with international and US impact, including Irma and Maria.
Now there is a choice of Hurricane Harvey intermediate recovery work sites in Houston. Dates are available through December to "muck and gut." UCC Disaster Ministries has been teaming up with Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders and has just partnered with International Orthodox Christian Charities-NECHAMA Jewish Recovery to offer these service opportunities.
UCC Disaster Ministries and its hurricane recovery partner in Florida today (Oct. 13) are celebrating completion of repairs of the home of the long-term recovery group's first client. It's a milestone for this group, whose clients need help rebuilding from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Many of them sustained additional damage from Irma this September. UCC helped the group set up an office, fundraise and prepare to do disaster case management and provided funds to hire a construction coordinator.