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Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

In quake-prone Haiti, students are safe in three restored schools

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.

"There is something I want to be" - 18-year-old Haitian student's story

For Evelore Jean Baptiste, 18, of Dessources, Haiti, school is at the center of her life and the foundation for a future career in nursing. But her school got badly damaged in Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and was not in good shape to host children. Read her testimony of what the restoration of her school by UCC Disaster Ministries, Church World Service-Haiti and local partners means to her.

Indonesia - UCC Response - Earthquake and Tsunamis

Hundreds in coastal towns of Sumatra and Java were killed by a tsunami the weekend before Christmas. It was just September when a powerful earthquake and tsunami killed thousands in Central Sulawesi. Please join us in remembering these brothers and sisters in prayer. UCC Disaster Ministries contributed an initial $23,000 for emergency needs following the September disaster and awaits word from partners as the current disaster unfolds.

UCC extends matching grants for CWS buckets to June 2019

UCC Disaster Ministries is extending the deadline for congregations assembling CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets to apply for Matching Grants up to $250 each. Churches now have until June 30, 2019, to stretch their own cash and in-kind contributions to stocking up these supplies so in demand following hurricanes, flooding and other disasters. 

Your donations to UCC Disaster Ministries at work

Where do your donations to UCC Disaster Ministries go? Funds totaling nearly $443,000 were released in September, October and November and have been put to work!

Urgent Needs

12 Ways to Help Disaster Survivors Recover (Flyer)

VOLUNTEER! 2017 Hurricanes Recovery

2018 CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES - INFO

2018 HURRICANES - INFO

Hurricane Michael
Hurricane Florence
Typhoon Mangkhut

* Donate Online to Hurricane Recovery
2018 Hurricanes Bulletin Insert

TO DONATE TO DISASTER RECOVERY BY CHECK:

United Church of Christ
Attn: Financial Services
700 Prospect Ave. 6th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44115

Undesignated gifts are best as they enable UCC Disaster Ministries to respond where most needed. If you wish, write your designation on the memo line (e.g. "2018 Hurricanes Recovery")

OTHER 2018 EMERGENCIES

* Indonesia Quake & Tsunami
* Haiti Earthquake

UCC DISASTER MINISTRIES IS HIRING!

* Construction Manager, Port Arthur, Texas

INDEX TO VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Current disaster recovery work sites: Puerto Rico (Maria); Port Arthur, Texas (Harvey), and Volusia County, Fla. (Irma, Matthew)

New Flyer/Bulletin Insert: How to Help Puerto Rico Recover

OTHER ACTIVE RECOVERY PROGRAMS

California (Wildfires and Mudslides)
East Africa (Famine)
Nepal (Earthquake)
Pennsylvania (Hurricane Evacuees from Puerto Rico)

STORIES ABOUT UCC CONGREGATIONS & HURRICANES

UCC CONFERENCE DISASTER COORDINATORS DIRECTORY

FREE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS GUIDE

BUILD A KIT! MATCHING GRANTS AVAILABLE

CONNECT WITH UCC DISASTER MINISTRIES ON SOCIAL MEDIA!

Facebook: One Great Hour of Sharing (UCC)

Twitter: @OGHS_at_UCC

 

"Michael, Florence & other 2018 hurricanes" photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images