United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries has extended the deadline to December 31, 2019, for UCC congregations assembling Church World Service Emergency Cleanup Buckets to apply for UCC Matching Grants of up to $250.
Members of the denomination can assist hurricane and other disaster relief efforts by pre-assembling these supplies that are warehoused by CWS, ready to be shipped at a moment's notice when the need arises.
UCC Disaster Ministries will consider Matching Grant applications for other kinds of CWS Kits, such as CWS School Kits, but is giving priority to groups assembling CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets. That's because the need for them is great and they are harder to keep stocked up. Plus they cost more to put together.
"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.”
2019 marks the fifth year UCC Disaster Ministries has offered the Matching Grants. The ministry will fund participating and qualifying congregations up to $250 per congregation on a first-come, first-served basis to congregations that raise $250 in cash and in-kind gifts for CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets.
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