Disaster Ministries

Help the United Church of Christ respond to the growing COVID-19 crises facing many poorer countries and communities, including those in India and Nepal. UCC is seeking to raise $150,000 for its COVID Relief Appeal for food, hygiene kits, personal protective equipment and other aid to the most vulnerable to reduce the virus’s spread, Gifts to the COVID Relief Appeal will enable the UCC to be responsive to emerging needs as the world moves unevenly toward ending this pandemic.

COVID-awareness raising training by CASA India. Photo courtesy CASA India via the ACT Alliance Media Bank.

“We change lives with paint, a new floor, spackling, drywall.” Lynn P. Lampman, Havertown, Pa.

The Global H.O.P.E. team facilitates the UCC’s response to natural and human-caused disasters across the United States and its territories and around the world.

Hand in hand with our volunteers (current work team site: Philadelphia’s Eastwick neighborhood), congregations, conferences and partnerships, including a network of Conference Disaster Coordinators, UCC Disaster Ministries seeks to serve the most vulnerable populations, focusing on disaster preparedness, identifying and meeting unmet needs, and spiritual and emotional support.

The growing UCC Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disaster Network is building the work the UCC already is doing to extend care to survivors of natural and human-caused disasters.

The UCC is an active member of National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), through which we partner with dozens of organizations, large and small, for holistic, community-based recovery.

Internationally, Global H.O.P.E. maintains direct relationships and partnerships with organizations and faith communities able to appropriately and effectively respond to emergency and long-term needs. Joshua Baird, Team Leader, works with Area Executives of Global Ministries and through organizations such as Church World Service and the ACT Alliance to direct financial support and ensure the United Church of Christ stands with vulnerable people during times of crisis.

Get involved in UCC Disaster Ministries! Contact Lesli Remaly (remalyl@ucc.org), UCC Minister for Disaster Response and Recovery, for more information.

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