United Church Response to Hurricane Matthew

The United Church of Canada is calling for prayers, and has launched an appeal for donations that will provide humanitarian relief to Haiti, Cuba, and nearby Caribbean countries devastated by Hurricane Matthew. The United Church has contributed $20,000 from its Emergency Response Fund to partners in Haiti and the surrounding region.

Please share this information broadly, and help tell the story of the United Church’s work with Mission & Service partners on the ground:

  • Share with your congregation
  • Plan a special appeal with your congregation
  • Post in your church, the community, as well as on your website and social media channels
  • Send it through your email lists
  • Give to local media and community groups that can help spread the word.

We pray for the people of Haiti, Cuba, and surrounding countries whose lives have been suddenly and violently shattered. We pray for their loved ones, homes, livelihoods and crops. We also pray for those who are from this region and now living in Canada, as well as for Canadians whose loved ones were in this region when the hurricane struck.

A Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Matthew

Donate Now
Your donation to the Hurricane Matthew Emergency Appeal will be directed to the global ACT Alliance of church-based relief organizations, and to long-standing partners that have trusted and well-established records of delivering aid, and assisting with reconstruction.

United Church partners work diligently to ensure the donations they administer reach the most vulnerable communities in the greatest need as quickly as possible.

Here’s how you can donate:

Online via our secure donation page.

Phone 416-231-5931 or toll-free 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2738 and use your Visa or MasterCard.

Send a cheque, money order, or Visa or MasterCard information with donation amount to:
The United Church of Canada
Philanthropy Unit – Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4

Please be sure to note “Emergency Response—Hurricane Matthew” on the face of your cheque.

Note: As part of the United Church’s Emergency Response Fund, 100% of your donation goes directly to emergency relief with 85% of your donation responding to this designated emergency and 15% responding to future emergencies that do not receive intense media coverage. Donations to Mission & Service enable the United Church to cover all of the costs of emergency response work without deducting any fees from your donation.

Through your local congregation. Congregations can issue tax receipts and forward these designated gifts for emergency relief, rebuilding, and rehabilitation to the General Council Office.

Our Partners On-the-Ground are Essential for Providing Relief and Reconstruction
Members of ACT Alliance are currently in Haiti, assisting those affected by Hurricane Mathew. The United Church’s partners in Haiti are The Methodist Church of Haiti and The Karl Lévêque Cultural Institute. The Cuban Council of Churches leads the ACT Alliance response in Cuba. Financial assistance from the appeal will also be provided to church partners in other Caribbean countries impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

More Information
For more information, including the latest updates on this appeal, please visit our Appeal page.
Also see answers to congregation’s Frequently Asked Questions.