September is National Preparedness Month, and the UCC’s Disaster Ministries has compiled a fantastic resource that outlines 12 ways your church can help local and national disaster survivors as they rebuild and recover:


12 Ways You Can Help Disaster Survivors Recover Through UCC Disaster Ministries

  1. Organize a U.S. disaster recovery work team. Just a week of your time will help disaster survivors rebuild their homes and lives:
  2. Repair/rebuild a hurricane-damaged home or part of a home for a family in Texas or Florida. $7,000 rehabilitates a Harvey-flooded affordable apartment in Port Arthur, Texas, including major appliances. $8,000 restores a Matthew- and/or Irma-damaged home in Volusia County, Fla:
  3. Prepare your household and your congregation for an emergency. You’ll gain peace of mind and be able to help others. Here’s UCC Disaster Ministries’ Preparedness Guide:
  4. Contribute to the UCC’s Emergency USA Fund, which supports our denomination’s rapid humanitarian response to both large and small natural and human-caused disasters in all 50 U.S. states and territories:
  5. Contribute to the UCC’s International Emergency Relief Fund, which supports our denomination’s disaster relief, long-term rehabilitation, advocacy and sustainability efforts along with refugee assistance around the world:
  6. Assemble Church World Service Kits, School / Hygiene / Baby Care Kits, and/or Emergency Cleanup Buckets, the latter of which is especially needed. These time-tested packets of supplies are crucial to the recovery process following an international or domestic disaster. And, you can build more with a UCC Disaster Ministries Matching Grant!
  7. Follow UCC Disaster Ministries online at (website), (Facebook), and (Twitter).
  8. Invite your UCC Disaster Ministries Conference Coordinator to speak at your Sunday worship service, adult Sunday school, or other occasion:
  9. Learn how climate change causes and exacerbates disasters, and work for environmental justice:
  10. Contribute generously to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering, typically taken during Lent:
  11. Contact UCC Disaster Ministries Executive Zach Wolgemuth at for information about serving as a long-term disaster recovery volunteer.
  12. Volunteer—physically or virtually—to build houses in Nepal with the UCC’s partner Fuller Center for Housing: