United Church of Christ gives $10,000 for flood reliefA donation of $10,000 for the Northland’s long-term flood recovery effort was recently received from the United Church of Christ National Office for Disaster Ministries and the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ.
A donation of $10,000 for the Northland’s long-term flood recovery effort was recently received from the United Church of Christ National Office for Disaster Ministries and the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ.
Immediately after the flood, Florence Coppola of the national UCC, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio and Karen Smith Sellers, Conference Minister of the Minnesota Conference, emailed the three congregations who share membership in the United Church of Christ. They inquired about the flooding in Duluth and surrounding areas and asked how they could be of help.
The United Church of Christ disaster relief funds are often used for long-term recovery after the immediate emergency needs have been met by other agencies and organizations.
In northern Minnesota, the donation was designated for help in hiring case managers and the Flood Homes with Hope fund for household needs not otherwise met through insurance, government programs and foundations.
“We are honoring the work and ministry of Pilgrim, Peace and The Protestant Church of Morgan Park, because we know they have been involved in various ways as communities in northern Minnesota are recovering,” said Florence Coppola.
“We are pleased to offer this support from funds designated for disaster relief and collected during our denominations’ One Great Hour of Sharing funds,” added the Rev. Dr. Karen Smith Sellers.
“We are pleased to share this support provided by brother and sister congregations throughout Minnesota and across the nation,” said Charlotte Frantz, minister at Pilgrim. “Once you experience a disaster in your own community, you know how much it means to receive such assistance.”