HELPING CONGREGATIONS TO PREPARE, RESPOND AND RECOVER FROM DISASTERS
We are a global-reaching organization called to respond to both natural and human-caused disasters, providing physical, financial, emotional and spiritual care to those affected.
Receive regular updates on ways your church can respond to disaster.
Ways to Respond to Disasters
More: View the latest disaster recovery site map to learn about all Disaster Ministries’ projects.
Disaster Ministries Willing to Respond
Willing to Respond is a joint venture between United
Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ to help
congregations work better together and connect with their
local disaster response infrastructure.
Disaster Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are needed to help respond to disasters in the United States and abroad. We are a proud member of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster to help connect volunteers to urgent needs in our world.
Disaster Ministry Updates
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Use these church resources to prepare for and cope with disasters impacting your community.
Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disaster
We are embarking on care for the caregiver through an emotional and spiritual care team. Get involved as a participant, advisor or team member.
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 Partners in Service and other volunteers, 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 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 emergencies 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.
Lesli Remaly began work Feb. 1 2021 as minister for disaster response and recovery. Based in Atlanta, she brings more than 20 years of professional experience with:
• The Federal Emergency Management Agency. There she worked with voluntary agencies and “mass care” situations in eight southeastern states and six federally recognized tribes.
• The American Red Cross and its Coordinated Assistance Network.
• FRIEND, a Miami-based, long-term recovery group Church World Service.
She has also worked for UCC, Methodist and Presbyterian congregations in preschool, family life, youth, religious education and arts programs.