Holiday and Winter Pandemic Relief
According to a report by the Pew Research Center published in September, 25 percent of U.S. adults say they or someone in their household was laid off or lost their job because of the coronavirus outbreak. Nearly 35 million children reliant on school-based nutrition and financial assistance lost access to services when COVID-19 forced states to shut school doors. Millions of American families are struggling to put food on their tables. NCGH is dedicated to the elimination of childhood hunger, one kid, one meal at a time. With funds donated by churches, private organizations, and individuals, NCGH works with faith communities and other organizations to alleviate hunger on a local level.
In the first four years since its inception, NCGH awarded a total of 56 grants. To date, in 2020, we have awarded 60, with many more waiting for funds. Where NCGH used to receive two to three applications in a week, now we often receive as many in a single day. The need is vast, and it continues to grow. We feed kids, one meal at a time. It matters; every meal matters.
NCGH provides grant money and mentorship opportunities so that community organizations can build hunger advocacy programs that will thrive and grow as their communities continue to tackle the problem of local food insecurity. Such sustainable programs include afterschool backpack programs, little free pantries, and community food pantries and donation programs.
NCGH also strives to educate the community on food insecurity issues and arm people with the knowledge to help. NCGH offers age-appropriate lesson plans to help local organizations to talk to people of all ages about the issue of food insecurity, helping to fuel future generations of childhood hunger advocates. The lesson plans are designed for schools, churches, or any group that would like to learn more about what they can do to eliminate childhood hunger in their community and are available to use at no cost. Lesson plans are available for Preschool-Kindergarten, Grades 1-3, Grades 4-7, Grades 8-12, and Adults.
Let’s Feed Some Kids!
To learn about the organizations we’re partnering with to address community-based food insecurity, check out the photo gallery below, or read our recent blog posts:
Flash Flood Relief- Help...
DISASTER RELIEF CAMPAIGN: ALL donations will be processed immediately
(NO ALL-OR NOTHING GOAL FOR THIS CAMPAIGN)
East Suburban Unitarian Universalist Church (ESUUC) is small in size and large in goals. We have served the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh for 53 years as fair share congregation of the UUA. We have an active CUUPs chapter and our RE program has grown to two classes last year.
Unfortunately the church was flooded on July 21st and when the congregation removed carpet and padding we found out that there is crumbling asbestos tile that needs to be removed by abatement, a costly fix, before new flooring can be installed.
We call upon our sister and brothers UU’s to help us get back into the RE and Community Rooms in the building. We estimate the cost of abatement and flooring to be between $15 and $20K. We have $10K in reserves we are putting toward flooring.
Please help us get back up and running!
RELIEF FUND Hurricane Michael Rebuild
This is a Disaster Relief campaign. The “All-or-Nothing” goal is removed. All pledges made will be processed.
On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael made landfall just east of Panama City, FL. Michael was just two mph shy of a Category 5 according to USA Today. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bay County was hit hard. The main building sustained roof damage but is otherwise ok. The two Religious Education buildings sustained much more significant damage. And approximately 63 trees have been broken and must be removed. In addition to the damage to our church home, many congregation members’ homes have been damaged as well, and some have already been declared a total loss by their insurance adjusters. This storm will take decades to recover from.
And yet, we have a lot to be grateful for. Every person connected to this congregation survived the storm. We have received some financial assistance for our main building, tree removal, and even to help some people in our community who were the most impacted by the storm. What we haven’t found funding for yet, is to repair or replace our Religious Education buildings. That’s where you come in.
As the community is working to put the pieces back together, our children need somewhere to gather. They need a little glimmer of hope. Maybe you can be that light?
This campaign is for $5,000 but that’s just a start to get us going. Any help you can give would be appreciated.
Lupembe flood victims
Lupembe Village is in Karonga District, northern part of Malawi. This is my hometown . I left Malawi in 1993 to pursue a better life here in the United states.
On February 2nd 2018, I learned that most of Lupembe residents had lost everything due to the flood on February 1st 2018. It was estimated that there are 1,028 families affected by the flood. Based on my understanding 20-30 families were assisted by the Red Cross of Malawi. To date, hundreds of families are remain without assistance. I feel compelled to help the families, however am not able to do this alone.
The families are in need of basic necessities, such as clean water, medical supplies, rebuilding of homes, food and household goods. The residents of Lupembe are predominantly farmers and fishermen. My church, Unitarian Society of Hartford, Connecticut, helped to raise money towards purchasing 80 bags of maize. This assisted eighty families.
I need your help to provide assistance to remaining families. Your contribution can help achieve a solution.
If you have information of international organizations that can help with rebuilding their homes, please email them to me. I have direct contact with the member of parliament for Karonga District, Mr. Frank Mwenefumbo. His contact information will be provided upon request.