Disaster Relief and Resources
Disasters impact our congregations and their communities with increasing rapidity. From natural disasters like wildfires that scorch everything in their path and hurricanes that bring destruction through winds and water, to human caused disasters like the collapsing infrastructure that we’ve seen in Flint, our congregations, our people, and our communities sustain the impact. Your donation to the UUA Disaster Relief Fund allows the UUA to respond flexibly on your behalf to tragedies that overtake us.
With your donations, we are able to provide assistance to congregations, their members, and their communities. Some of the expenses Disaster Relief Fund grants can be used for are:
Damage to congregations’ buildings, and relocation to temporary locations
Damage to members/friends homes, and relocation expenses
Donations to local partner organizations that serve the community at large, particularly those who would not be eligible for other funding
The application process is simple and can happen at any time during the recovery process. We know that long after the initial clean-up, recovery can take months or years.
To donate by mail, please make check payable to the UUA with "Disaster Relief Fund" on the memo line, and send to UUA Gift Processing, 24 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA 02210.
How Will Donations Be Disbursed?
Congregations and recognized UU non-profit entities receiving grants will have discretion to disburse the grant in the way they choose.
The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) organizes volunteers to help with some in-person disaster relief efforts. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out their online form and someone will be in touch with you.
Resources for Coping and Trauma Response
If you or a loved one personally experienced trauma during a disaster, the UU Trauma Response Ministry (UUTRM) may be able to help. Please contact the Unitarian Universalist Trauma Response Ministry at their toll free number: (888) 760-3332.
In addition to the individuals, families, and communities that are still coping with the direct effects of a disaster, we know that people and families indirectly impacted also need our support. The UUA has resources for congregations, individuals, and families who have experienced a disaster or other traumatic event. Learn more about:
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