How to help UCC disaster relief in Hawaii

The Hawaii Conference and Wider Church Ministries of the United Church of Christ have both issued appeals to support those impacted by wildfires across Hawaii, including the Maui fire which took more than 100 lives and is being called one of the deadliest US wildfires in the past 100 years.

Contributions made through the UCC Disaster Ministries network will focus on bridging the gaps between the assistance offered by first-time responders and community revitalization.

Donations can be made to the national appeal here:

The Hawaii Conference used existing disaster relief funds to issue aid for gas, clothes, toiletries and other immediate aid, according to their website. The Conference has also established the Hawaii 2023 Wildfires Relief Fund, which will both continue to issue immediate aid and be used for long-term recovery. 

Updates from the Hawaii Conference can be found on their website here.

Contributions to the Hawaii Conference relief fund can be made here.

— – Rev. Dr. James D. Ross II, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Southern New England UCC

Spring mission projects kick off

Easter Baskets: We’re donating Easter meals for three Middlebury families in need.

Because of COVID, we’re asking for monetary donations rather than food donations. The food in each basket is about $100, so we’re looking to raise $300. If you would like to donate, you may write a check to the church and indicate it’s for “Missions” in the memo line, or you can donate online and direct your donation to “Missions.”

(Thanks Katie P for the flyer!)

Diaper Collection: In addition to the food we regularly collect for GWIM, this spring we’re also collecting diapers. You may leave the diapers in the same bin outside the church office.