Our Disaster Relief Fund is part of a covenant—a covenant between the UUA and congregations, between congregations who give generously and those in need, and with our community partners. Through aiding our congregations, their members and their community partners, we are able to embody our faith and values.
Texas Winter Weather Crisis
The UUA and our Southern Region staff are working diligently to assist UU congregations and their communities impacted by the severe winter weather and extended power outages across Texas. With many communities under an advisory to boil any water for consumption, the First UU Church of Houston agreed to be a distribution center. When the City of Houston ran out of water before the church received its allocation, UUA disaster relief funds covered the cost for fifteen pallets of water to be delivered. A disaster relief grant has been awarded to the San Marcos UU Fellowship to bolster a community effort to house and feed those experiencing homelessness. More grants are expected be awarded in the coming days as new applications are received.
Additionally, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is tapping its disaster relief funds to aid a number of their partner organizations in Texas.
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
Questions about applying for a Disaster Relief Fund grant can be sent to Lisa Presley, Congregational Life Consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Will Donations Be Disbursed?
Staff from all five UUA regions and the Stewardship and Development department work together to expediently review applications and disburse funds. Congregations and recognized UU non-profit entities receiving grants will have discretion to disburse the grant in the way they choose. Read how some Disaster Relief Fund grants have been used.
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.