Following a disaster UCC members have the unique opportunity to live out the UCC purpose statement (from the Gospel of Matthew) To love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and our neighbor as ourselves.
When a disaster occurs, the greatest impact is often on the most vulnerable and marginalized within a community. These families are often unable to recovery without the commitment of volunteers to help them repair and rebuild homes. UCC Disaster Ministries reaches out in love to connect volunteers with local communities to find ways to best support individuals affected by the disaster.
Livingston Parish, LA is one such instance where the needs are great and volunteers are in high demand. Massive flooding, in August 2016, from 24 hours of torrential rainfall damaged 154,000 homes (some have called it a 1,000 year weather phenomenon). As another measure of the magnitude, twenty-two parishes flooded to the extent they qualified for FEMA assistance. Livingston Parish was one of the hardest hit. Not surprisingly between 50 percent and 80 percent of the homeowners (depending on the area) did not have flood insurance.
In order to assist this community and support volunteer efforts UCC Disaster Ministries is offering grants for UCC volunteer groups who serve with our partner, Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders, in Livingston Parish, LA.
* Grants may be provided to congregations that coordinate and send teams of Volunteers to assist with recovery.
* Funds can be used to help offset the costs associate with volunteering. e.g. food, lodging, transportation etc.
*Grants up to $3,000 per group will be considered depending upon the number of volunteers.
*Grants will be provided on a first come first serve basis.
Total Amount Awarded$60,000
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