Through Global Ministries, The United Church of Christ and The Disciples of Christ have long been associated with helping those affected by natural disasters, as well as things like fires and so forth. Much of our work is accomplished in concert with Church World Service and ACT Alliance. CWS is comprised of 36 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations who are members of the National Councils of the Church of Christ in the U.S.A. ACT Alliance is comprised of 140 denominations world wide associated with either the World Council of Churches or the Lutheran World Federation.
Annually, local congregations, like CUCC collect an offering called “One Great Hour of Sharing.” Disaster response is but one of the ways OGHS funds are utilized, and when major disasters call for larger action, special funds are utilized. Currently, in addition to OGHS which accepts donations year around, UCC is receiving donations to an Emergency USA Fund, that is used only within the 50 states, District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories, and the International Emergency Relief Fund. The latter fund could be used in the US or other countries and would be the source of help for Irma impacted locations, not in the U.S.
Gifts may be made through the local church, or send directly to UCC. If you donate through CUCC by dropping a check in the offering plate or at the office, please carefully indicate the purpose on the memo line of your check. Here is the link to the UCC Disaster page: www.ucc.org/disaster From there, you can click through to the donations options, or you may use these buttons: (Once on the page, scroll down to see the donation form)
UCC Disaster Ministries has published “12 Ways You Can Support Disaster Ministries.” You may link to the page here: 12 Ways to Support Disaster Ministries This page offers information and links on preparing disaster kits, volunteering and donating, and preparing for disasters at home.