What the heck is a VOAD? UCC Disaster Ministries folks are always talking about VOADs – National VOAD this, state VOAD that, the VOAD movement. And why, as a member of the United Church of Christ, should I care about VOADs? (Answer: It's the largest and most important non-governmental disaster response and recovery network in the United States.)
The Rev. Eric S. Anderson, pastor of Church of the Holy Cross UCC in Hilo, Hawai'i, reports on the UCC congregations close to the Kilauea volcano.
A UCC Disaster Ministries solidarity grant is helping international students at the Kanana Fou Theological Seminary in American Samoa replace essential school supplies and basic furnishings they lost to wind and water damage from powerful Cyclone Gita in February.
Visit this page regularly for the latest on UCC Disaster Ministries' response following Hurricane Harvey.
In partnership with the Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Puerto Rico, UCC Disaster Ministries is helping people on that hurricane-battered island to build back better and for the long term through development of a Social Action and Emergency Action ministry and deployment of volunteer work teams, being recruited now for deployment beginning June 1.
Ever since severe floods in 2016 washed away their small bridge across the creek in front of their home, an older West Virginia couple used an extension ladder to get out to the grocery store and doctor’s office. Today, the couple can cross the creek safely on a simple, sturdy new bridge – the 50th completed in West Virginia in just over two years in an innovative project of the United Church of Christ and other members of W. Va. Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
Yaribel Davila had to evacuate her apartment in Port Arthur, Texas, last August when flood waters caused by Hurricane Harvey came in up to her knees. UCC Disaster Ministries is partnering with the Southeast Texas Community Development Corporation (SET CDC) to restore her apartment and 16 others that suffered similar damage. The UCC’s Amanda Sheldon interviewed Ms. Davila.
Looking for service opportunities for your church's mission team? How about "alternative vacation" ideas? Consider serving with UCC Disaster Ministries as hurricane recovery volunteers in Puerto Rico, Texas or Florida. All sites are registering work teams now! "Serving at any one of our work sites would mean the world to people struggling to recover months, even years after wind and water robbed them of safe homes," said UCC Disaster Ministries Executive Zach Wolgemuth.
UCC Conference Disaster Coordinators held their annual meeting April 4-7 in Oakland, Calif., where they learned about the challenges facing communities impacted by wildfires in Sonoma County. The cross-section of new and seasoned CDCs "created a rich environment for sharing past wisdom and exploring fresh ideas," said Zach Wolgemuth, UCC Disaster Ministries Executive. "CDCs are the backbone of this ministry which is why this event is so important for all involved."