Disaster Response Mission Group

September 12, 2018: Update on Hurricane Florence from UCC Disaster Ministries

Dear friends,

As Hurricane Florence continues to make its way toward the east coast, UCC Disaster Ministries has been monitoring the situation through our established networks and stands ready to support our partners, conferences and congregations in Florence’s path. We are also keeping a close eye on the other hurricanes in the Atlantic and the Pacific. That said, I would like to encourage continued prayer for all the families, individuals, first responders and emergency management staff in the paths of these storms. Additionally, I wanted to share some helpful resources/information that you can easily copy and paste to send to your networks without much legwork.

Blessings to all and prayers for safety,

Amanda K. Sheldon
Program Associate, UCC Refugee Ministries & UCC Disaster Ministries
United Church of Christ www.ucc.org
+1 (216) 736-3210
700 Prospect Ave. E., Cleveland, OH 44115

$250 Matching Grants for CWS Kits available from UCC Disaster Ministries


Don’t miss this budget and mission stretcher! There are still 60 UCC Disaster Ministries Matching Grants available to UCC churches and other UCC groups that raise at least $250 in cash and/or in kind to assemble Church World Service Kits and Clean-Up Buckets.

Members of the denomination can assist hurricane and other disaster relief efforts by pre-assembling various kits that are warehoused by CWS, ready to be shipped at a moment's notice when the need arises.

"For families that have lost everything, CWS Emergency Clean-Up Buckets and other CWS Kits 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 our congregations and other groups engaged in hands-on ways, reaching out to people they will likely never meet.”

This is the fourth 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 until the grants are all spoken for.

Learn more at: http://www.ucc.org/disaster_2018_matching_grants_for_cws_kits_home_page


UCC Disaster Ministries: Perspective on In-Kind vs. Monetary Donations


Dear Friends,

I can’t stress enough the importance of monetary donations. I continue to receive phone calls and e-mails from our churches, with good intentions, wanting to send things to disaster locations. There are several major issues with this type of giving. The video (below) does an excellent job highlighting why in-kind gifts often hinder or harm recovery.

I am also sharing a note below, related to this topic, from a friend and colleague Peter Gudiatis who is the president and CEO of National Disaster Interfaiths Network.

After today's meetings with the PR governor's office. Puerto Rico is already so overwhelmed with shipping containers (150) and plane loads of donated goods that they have no place to safely store or sort it - and, limited means to move it The word is that Puerto Rico will ban the importing of non-pre-requested and approved donated goods tomorrow - cash only from now on.

Zach Wolgemuth

Executive, UCC Disaster Ministries
+1 410-259-6194 (m)
700 Prospect Ave. E., Cleveland, OH  44115

Chair, Board of Directors
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
1727 King Street, Suite 105 | Alexandria, VA 22314