Disaster Relief

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Hurricane Harvey Update


Hurricane Harvey. On the immediate horizon are support needs following Hurricane Harvey. While we don’t yet know specifically how we will be asked to serve, it’s almost a certainty that we will have requests from some of the many congregations that are affected. We’ve been in touch with our point of contact at the UUA and Congregational Life staff in the Southern Region. In addition, our On-Call Lead has been working to email and/or call as many ministers and leadership in UU congregations potentially impacted by the storm and flooding. As of 08/29/17 we do not have any requests, which is no surprise; it’s very early in this disaster—it’s still raining and the water is still rising in some places.

HurricaneHarveyPic2Note to UUTRM Responders. We expect there will be a need for UUTRM response to Hurricane Harvey in the coming weeks. When we have a specific request we will reach out to UUTRM responders. When a request comes in, we often have to be on the move quickly; flexibility is the keystone in crisis response. Responders, please keep watching your email and phone for updates.


Important Links:
UUA/UUSC Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund
How to Donate Money and Other Aid to Communities of Color in Houston
Here Are Ways You Can Help People During Hurricane Harvey
When disaster relief brings anything but relief


Also, from TX ActionNetwork.org

Thousands in our state are suffering because of Hurricane Harvey and spillover flooding since this weekend. Our Revolution Texas members are among them. Many of us around the state are wondering how we can volunteer and donate to help the many in hard-hit areas. We all know that showing solidarity in trying times is an important part of what we do and why we do it as progressive populists.

In the Houston Area
If you have a flat-bottomed boat or a high-water vehicle, you are urgently needed. Call 713-881-3100.  If you are in need of immediate help from a life-threatening emergency call 9-1-1.If you are or know others in need of non-emergency help call 3-1-1 in Houston or 2-1-1 in nearby areas.

Outside Houston
Local relief groups, progressive organizations, unions, and immigrant rights groups are already mobilizing grassroots relief efforts. Here is a list of groups and efforts you can plug into to help:

The Texas Workers Relief Fund. A union-relief effort by the Texas AFL-CIO, donations are tax-deductible. The state fed has been closely coordinating with the Houston and Corpus-area central labor councils to provide material aid.

RNRN Disaster Relief Fund. Our ally the National Nurses United organizes medical relief for major disasters through this fund.

Texas DSA. DSA chapters (also allies) have been organizing both volunteers and those in need at a grassroots level. Sign up here to offer help (or ask for it) or donate directly to Houston DSA.

Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group Fund. If you want to donate directly for relief in the Coastal Bend towns hit directly by the hurricane.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Houston’s mayor has set up this fund to assist with victims of Houston’s ongoing and increasingly dangerous flooding. Donations are tax-deductible.

The extreme enforcement policies of SB4 and ICE have put immigrant workers in increased harm’s way through the crisis. Immigrant and refugee groups such as RAICES in San Antonio are moving to get aid directly to immigrant families. Jumping in now is just the beginning.

Massachusetts Tornado Relief

Violent storms that included massive tornadoes hit Central and Western Massachusetts the evening of June 1, affecting four Unitarian Universalist congregations. The Clara Barton District has already advanced funds to meet immediate needs in these congregations and established a fund to support further relief efforts.

Funds will be used first toward direct and long term relief for UU congregations, members and staff directly impacted by the storms and then toward wider needs in those communities. Contributions toward this fund can be made by accessing this link: http://www.uua.kintera.org/matornado. If you would prefer to send a check, please make your check payable to the UUA and write in the memo line “Massachusetts Tornado Relief Fund”. Gifts can be mailed to:

Unitarian Universalist Association
Stewardship and Development
Attn: Gift Processing
25 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108

For congregations taking up special collections, please refer to downloadable instructions online about how to return your gifts to the UUA. Please return the Gift Information Form to the UUA with your collection.

Donations received to June 16, 2011 total over $33,500. Gifts of any size are still welcome!

Affected are Springfield, Brookfield, Sturbridge and Monson. A staff member of the Springfield congregation sustained significant damage to personal property. Families in both the Sturbridge and Brookfield congregations lost their homes. And the top of the steeple of the UU Parish of Monson was torn away (see accompanying image). Fortunately, no one was harmed in these incidents, though the tornadoes are responsible for at least four deaths. Governor Deval Patrick has declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts and has asked for the help of up to a thousand National Guard to assist with relief efforts.

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Brunswick, Maine Fire Fund
Fire in In the early morning hours of June 6th our sister Unitarian Universalist Church in Brunswick Maine experienced a devastating fire at the rear of their sanctuary. Their minister, Rev. Sylvia Stocker, and shocked members of their church and community stood outside and watched as fire fighters worked for many hours to put out  the flames that enveloped their sanctuary.? Though their spirits are undaunted, our friends in Brunswick need our  help to rebuild and return to their church home.
Please consider a donation to the Brunswick UU Fire Fund.  To send a contribution directly to the district office, please mail to NNED, Brunswick Fire Fund, 10 Ferry St., Ste #318, Concord, NH 03301

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Mid-South District Establishes


And Invites Contributions

Communities and families across the South were devastated by the storms and tornados of April 27th! Unitarian Universalist folks in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Tennesseehave major property damage and are reeling from the effects of the storms. Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was particularly hard hit, and a number of UU families there are without their homes. Mid-South District has established the 2011 Severe Storm Fund to assist Unitarian Universalist families and their communities as they repair their lives and properties after the tornado-filled storms.

Congregations, individuals and other gatherings may help out by sending contributions to the address below or donating through the Mid-South web site: www.msduua.org . Thanks to all for care and support!

Checks should be payable to “Mid-South District,” noted: “2011 Severe Storm Fund,” and mailed to

Mid-South District Bookkeeper

4605 Elkins Ave., Nashville, TN 37209

Donations to the fund may also be made by clicking on the ‘Donate’ button on the front page of the MSD web site at www.msduua.org.