Since March 14, Tropical Cyclones Idai and Kenneth and resulting flooding have claimed more than 600 lives in Mozambique and neighboring countries. Hundreds of thousands of people are displaced to temporary camps. The UCC has begun its early response and planning for recovery with partners. Thus far, $65,000 has been provided to address the needs, and a special appeal has been launched.Read more
Renovation of a second volunteer house means that now work teams of up to 20 persons at a time can come to Port Arthur, Texas, to help restore homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey. UCC Disaster Ministries aims to "book" at least 20 work teams in 2019.Read more
Hundreds in coastal towns of Sumatra and Java were killed by a tsunami the weekend before Christmas 2018. It was just September 2018 when a powerful earthquake and tsunami killed several thousand people in Central Sulawesi. UCC Disaster Ministries contributed an initial $23,000 for emergency needs following the September disaster and has authorized $15,000 more to train an entire village in disaster resiliency.Read more
Bill (William) and Ellen Matten of Boalsburg, Pa., long-time Disaster Coordinators for the UCC's Penn Central Conference, enthusiastically live their faith. Not only do they generously share their time and talents, they share what they learn and experience after participating in group mission trips with their local church and with the UCC Humanitarian and Development Ministries.Read more
Millie Oliphant of Vernon, Conn., recently translated her passion for line dancing into a fundraiser for United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries. Her eight-week class helped participants chase away the “dead-of-winter” blues and raised $600 for the greater good in the process.Read more
Christians are called to be fearless relationship builders, writes United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries Executive Zach Wolgemuth in a UCC "Witness for Justice" commentary. And the Church offers many opportunities to build relationships, which dispel fear of "the other." For example, Wolgemuth said, "when individuals serve at one of our (disaster) recovery sites, they often find themselves serving in marginalized communities where they are able to build relationships with those impacted by greed and prejudice."Read more
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.Read more
UCC Disaster Ministries' cash and volunteer support totaled some $2 million in 2018 for disaster recovery in 26 countries and more than 16 U.S. states and territories, not counting funds and goods we helped secure for survivors from other sources.
Introducing an attractive new summary of UCC Disaster Ministries' support for the long-term recovery of disaster survivors across the United States and around the world in 2018. In just a few pages, you'll find facts and figures, project specifics, volunteer and client stories, photos and "what's next" for each location.
Restoration of three schools in a disaster-prone area of Haiti means earthquake- and storm-resistant classrooms, safe sanitation facilities, plus dignity and pride for the nearly 600 students they serve. With funding and other support from UCC Disaster Ministries, public schools in Mentor, Dessources and Pavillon have reopened. All suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Matthew in 2016.Read more