As the people of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas begin the long process of recovery from Hurricane Michael, an extraordinarily powerful Category 4 storm which slammed into the Florida panhandle on Wednesday, UCC Disaster Ministries remains poised to assist.Read more
UCC Disaster Ministries is poised to help survivors of Haiti's latest earthquake, which struck near Port-de-Paix. The ministry helped families rebuild houses in this same part of Haiti after Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Constructed with materials and techniques to make them sturdy and resilient, all these houses stood through the October 6 earthquake. Unfortunately, many other houses were damaged in the latest earthquake.Read more
UCC Disaster Ministries has established a 2018 Hurricanes fund as it prepares to respond to several ferocious storms: Florence, Mangkhut, Michael and others. It is monitoring the storms' aftermath and resulting needs through ongoing communication with FEMA, National VOAD, partners, UCC Conferences and Conference Disaster Coordinators. We will share information on this page as it becomes available.Read more
As the toll continues to rise from the Sept. 28 earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, UCC Disaster Ministries is supporting ecumenical emergency response already on the ground in ravaged Palu city. The ministry has released $23,000 to two partners that are currently supplying clean water, tarps, blankets and mattresses, food, medicine, clothing and other daily needs.Read more
"Miss Evelyn" was among the tens of thousands of people in the U.S. Virgin Islands whose lives were upended when Hurricanes Irma and Maria roared across the Caribbean a year ago. Now she's among homeowners in line for a new roof and other repairs, thanks to the support and work of UCC Disaster Ministries. Volunteer work teams, financial support are needed to help her and her neighbors recover.Read more
While disaster preparedness is important all the year round, it gets special emphasis in September - National Preparedness Month. Accordingly, UCC Disaster Ministries supported several preparedness events during the past month.Read more
It's one year after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria struck, and survivors continue to struggle to recover. Today, floodwaters continue to rise in the Carolinas 10 days after Hurricane Florence made landfall. Against this backdrop, UCC Disaster Ministries Executive Zach Wolgemuth reflects on the commitment to long-term recovery. "I have faith that God, working through us, can create something new," he writes. "Why? Because I’ve seen it."
It's been a year since Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico. UCC Disaster Ministries has accompanied the survivors from day one, investing nearly $500,000 funding, and another $250,000 in hurricane-damaged Florida and U.S. Virgin Islands. This does not count in-kind contributions, sharing of recovery expertise and work teams volunteering to rebuild homes.Read more
It's been a year since Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico. UCC Disaster Ministries has accompanied the survivors from day one, investing nearly $500,000 funding, and another $250,000 in hurricane-damaged Florida and U.S. Virgin Islands. This does not count in-kind contributions, sharing of recovery expertise and work teams volunteering to rebuild homes. Read the UCC News Story about the UCC's nearly $500 million support for Puerto Rico's recovery.Read more
From our refugee resettlement partner Church World Service:"The Trump administration has just set the refugee admissions goal for next fiscal year at 30,000 - the lowest level in U.S. history. This drastically low number will leave tens of thousands of vulnerable refugees without a chance at safety.
Communities around the country are prepared to welcome at least 75,000 refugees. Refugees are more than just a global figure; they are families torn apart, children who have witnessed profound violence, and people seeking a chance to rebuild their lives and raise a family in safety. Protecting vulnerable populations is not a zero-sum game; we can and should protect refugees and others fleeing violence or persecution. As people who care about refugees, we must make our voices heard and tell both the White House and Congress that 30,000 is inexcusable and that we must set a refugee admissions goal of at least 75,000. The White House is required under U.S. law to consult with Congress prior to setting the annual refugee admissions number. This has not happened yet, which means Congress can and must weigh in today.
CALL YOUR SENATORS & REPRESENTATIVE TODAY:
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Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I urge you to protect the refugee resettlement program. I am outraged that President Trump has set a new historic low for FY 2019’s refugee admissions goal at 30,000. Protecting vulnerable populations is not a zero-sum game; we can and should protect refugees and others fleeing violence or persecution. Refugee resettlement facilitates U.S. diplomatic, national security, and foreign policy interests. The White House is also required to consult with Congress prior to setting the refugee admissions number, but they have not done so. Congress must act. I urge you to do everything in your power to see the administration resettle at least 75,000 refugees in 2019 and to stop the administration from further dismantling the resettlement program. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement."
Feel free to share a personal story about standing in solidarity with refugees. Let them know the specific ways that refugees contribute and are welcomed into your community.
You can also tweet at your Senators and Representatives and the administration. Here are some sample Twitter and Facebook messages:
BREAKING: @SecPompeo just announced the LOWEST refugee admissions goal in history - 30k - putting the lives of vulnerable families in danger. We will not stand for this. @[MemberOfCongress]
BREAKING: @SecPompeo‘s announcement of the lowest refugee admissions goal in history - 30k - is an affront to the countless American communities who have welcomed refugees and understand that they are valuable members of their cities and towns. @[MemberOfCongress]