Disaster Response Mission Group

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