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Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria: UCC Disaster Ministries Responds


Keep up with the UCC’s disaster response and
resources at http://www.ucc.org/disaster


UCC Hires Couple to Coordinate Harvey Recovery

Amariee Collins and the Rev. Joshua Lawrence of Houston, Texas, have been hired to coordinate the UCC’s Hurricane Harvey recovery work over the next two years. http://bit.ly/2xL25Id

Volunteer Opportunities

In Texas, volunteers are needed now for “muck and gut” work in homes flooded during Hurricane Harvey, and in Florida for clean up and rebuilding homes damaged in Hurricanes Irma and Matthew. Full information: http://bit.ly/1Ne9m56

Matching Grants for Cleanup Buckets

UCC Disaster Ministries’ $250 matching grants are still available to congregations assembling CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets, in particularly high demand after three consecutive hurricanes. Hygiene and School Kits also are needed. More than 100 UCC congregations have started or completed their grant applications so far!  http://bit.ly/2kVMrjY

Funds for U.S., Caribbean Response

UCC Disaster Ministries has dispatched $51,500 so far for hurricane response, including:

•$20,000 for Haiti, half for home repair and half for prevention and treatment of cholera and malnutrition.
•$10,000 for Cuba, for water, sanitation, hygiene, temporary shelter, non-food emergency items like blankets and medicine; help around food security (damaged crops) and recovery/livelihoods, and psycho-social support.
•$10,000 for Puerto Rico, to provide first aid kits, electric generators, drinking water, water filters, non-perishable food, and battery-powered radios in 20 communities (5,000 people).
•$5,000 for basic household goods and appliances for 78 families in the batyes or Dominico-Haitian communities in the Dominican Republic.
•$6,500 in solidarity grants to UCC congregations in Texas and Florida.

Full information: http://bit.ly/2fKlNtS

Multimedia Support for Hurricane Response

Filmed in post-Harvey Texas, a new video shows – in under 4 minutes – the hurricane’s impact and UCC’s response: bit.ly/2fn24UK  Links to additional resources may be found on ucc.org/disaster and subpages.

Click Here to Donate to UCC Disaster Ministries’ Hurricane Response

In Other News …

•UCC Disaster Ministries is sending $50,000 more for Haiti’s ongoing recovery from Hurricane Matthew, bringing the total to date to $186,000. Full information: http://bit.ly/2erbR91
•UCC Disaster Ministries just sent $32,000 for relief and early recovery from flooding in India, Nepal, Bangladesh.
•$3,000 from UCC Disaster Ministries will buy medicine, clothing, food, water & more for Mexico quake survivors. bit.ly/2xXizyj

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