Help Hurricane Recovery 

November 12, 2017

Hurricane Maria caused an estimated $20 billion in damage. It wiped out 80 percent of crop values, a blow to Puerto Rico's economy that also left its 3.4 million U.S. citizen residents food insecure. Maria knocked out all electricity on the entire island, disrupted water supply, crippled communications systems, damaged roads and littered the island with debris. 

"We stand ready to support our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and call on all our churches to continue to pray and give financially for what will be a long road ahead," said Zach Wolgemuth, UCC Disaster Ministries Executive.

The Disaster by the numbers:

  • 5,220 people in shelters in Puerto Rico
  • 620,323 FEMA registrations in Puerto Rico related to both Irma and Maria
  • Puerto Rico's power grid is completely down. There is little electricity on the island and officials estimate 6 months to completely restore the grid.
  • At least 43,000 roofs are estimated damaged in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands

Direct Support to Puerto Rico:

  • $10,000 to Iglesia Cristiana (Disciplulos de Cristo) en Puerto Rico (ICDCPR) to provide first aid kits, electric generators, drinking water, water filters, non-perishable food, and battery-powered radios. It is estimated that ICDCPR will help 20 communities and over 5,000 persons.

Walk with families in this holistic recovery effort through your generous contributions here.

If you prefer to donate by mail, make checks payable to United Church of Christ, with "Hurricane Harvey" in the memo. Mail to: United Church of Christ c/o Financial Services, 700 Prospect Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44115-1100.

100% of funds to the United Church of Christ designated for U.S. disaster relief are used for disaster relief and rehabilitation programming within the United States. 

Click here to read how UCC congregations in California are responding to the devasting wildfires there. 


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