Disaster Response and Resources
Global climate change is causing an increase in the frequency and severity of natural disasters such as the recent hurricanes, wildfires, flooding and Nor’easters. Additionally, as American infrastructure ages without replacement, we are likely to see preventable disasters (such as the ongoing water crisis in Flint, MI) that negatively impact people’s livelihood and quality of life.
When disaster hits a community, people want to help. Often, that helping takes the form of financially contributing to organizations that they trust, organizations that they know have the relationships necessary to convert monetary donations into real-life support for the people who need it. The Unitarian Universalist Association’s Disaster Relief Fund gives grants to Unitarian Universalist congregations and affiliated organizations for them to use to assist with building, member, and community partner needs.
We invite you to contribute to the UUA Disaster Relief Fund so the UUA can provide financial assistance to UU congregations impacted by these and other natural disasters.
Talking with Children about Hate, Violence, and Trauma
You want to help your children emotionally and spiritually process what is happening in and outside our communities. For UUs, action is a valid response; it is important to ground that action in compassion and make it part of your own healing. Please use these resources to help yourself, your family, and others.
The Humane Society has a Disaster Relief Fund to help animals impacted by the hurricanes. Please consider donating on line to help these suffering creatures.
The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) is organizing volunteers to help with disaster relief efforts associated with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out their online form and someone will be in touch with you. (In the coming months, UUCSJ will be putting together volunteer trips to the affected areas in coordination with on-the-ground partners.)