Due to several years of back-to-back hurricanes, Church World Service’s inventory of Emergency Cleanup Buckets and other Kits is at an all-time low in CWS warehouses.
United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries is stepping up to help by offering $250 matching grants to qualifying UCC congregations assembling these life-giving supplies.
In 2018, 51 congregations received grants. Click here for information and to apply.
Top priority: Emergency Cleanup Buckets as the need for them is great and they are harder to keep stocked up.
"For families facing the muck and ruin that a disaster has caused to their homes, CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets are more than just relief supplies, they are an expression of love and symbol of hope for the future,” said Zach Wolgemuth, UCC Disaster Ministries executive. "It's energizing to see congregations engaged in hands-on ways, reaching out to people they will likely never meet.
Matthew Stevens, CWS Director of Congregational Giving, said, “The United Church of Christ does a fantastic job of promoting the CWS Kit Program with your churches. “Thank you! We can only respond to these situations because of the generosity of the UCC.”
Church World Service (CWS) is adding five to eight new Kit Depots* this year to make it even easier for churches to drop off their completed Buckets and Kits, thus avoiding shipping costs.
Many of the depots open their doors on April 1 to start collecting Kits for the upcoming hurricane season, so now is a good time to begin assembling Kits. Find your nearest depot here: https://cwskits.org/depots. (The full list of depots will be posted by April 1, including all of the depots in Ohio for the Festival of Sharing.)
The ecumenical Church World Service and its participating denominations, including the United Church of Christ, collaborate to keep CWS warehouses stocked up with Emergency Cleanup Buckets and other Kits. When disaster occurs, UCC Disaster Ministries and other such entities may request Buckets and/or Kits for use in their response.
* NEW THIS YEAR: CWS Kit Depots in Lincoln, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; Immokalee, Florida; Columbia, South Carolina; and Raleigh, North Carolina. Projected for fall: Los Angeles, Seattle and Denver.