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Faith in the Face of Disaster: UU Response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, 2005

As the news of the horrible aftermath from Hurricane Katrina filtered in, the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations and the independent Unitarian Universalist Service Committee mobilized to find a way to help the victims of the devastation.  Within 48 hours of the storm, Rev. William Sinkford called for contributions to the UUA-UUSC Gulf Coast Relief Fund (GCRF).

The response of UUs from around the nation has been tremendous. We raised $90,000 in the first 36 hours of the fund's existence. As of June 6, 2007, nearly two years after the storms of August-September 2005 ravaged the Gulf Coast, contributions to the fund have topped $3.7 million dollars. Congregations and individuals have stepped up the face of disaster and injustice in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Ministers and staff people are working hard in our Gulf Coast congregations to continue their ministry amidst recovery efforts. UUs have traveled to the Gulf Coast to support area residents, UU and non-UU alike, in rebuilding and recovering their homes and their lives. Thank you for your generosity of funds, time, labor, love and spirit!

The UUA/UUSC Gulf Coast Relief Panel joined our Gulf Coast Congregations and Community Partners in commemorating the one-year anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina. Please visit "Voices From the Gulf" to read reflections from those whose relief and recovery efforts continue in the Gulf Coast.

This site is a clearing house for information on Unitarian Universalist response to the Hurricanes of 2005. You will find resources on How to Volunteer, How to Donate to the Volunteer Program, and Official Reports and News Articles from the Gulf Coast. Learn more about the Congregations Most Affected by the storms and the Community Partners who have been funded with UUA/UUSC Gulf Coast Relief Funds.  Also find more information on the current UUA-UUSC Gulf Coast Volunteer Program.

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