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Emergency Collections for Disaster and Crisis Relief

 
Transmittal Forms for all collections can be found here.

Domestic Disaster and Calamity Relief

Hurricane Irma

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the USCCB has invited the bishops to take an emergency collection the weekend of September 23-24th on behalf of those devastated in parts of the Caribbean and southeastern United States by Hurricane Irma. These funds will be used to support the efforts of Catholic Charities USA and other church partners as they reach out to provide humanitarian aid in the form of water, food, shelter, and medical care, as well as to their long-term efforts to restore communities after widespread destruction, and to the USCCB for pastoral and reconstruction aid to the Church in the Caribbean and the United States.

Remittance Instructions
Parish: Send proceeds to diocesan finance office.
Diocese: Immediately remit all received funds directly to the USCCB with memo portion of check to "Hurricane Irma Emergency Collection" (USCCB, Office of National Collections, P.O. Box 96278, Washington DC 20090-6278). Please use the corresponding transmittal form. Funds may also be remitted via ACH. Contact ncoachpayments@usccb.org to set up ACH payments if you are not already registered.


If you miss the collection, you can send your donation to: USCCB, Office of National Collections, P.O. Box 96278, Washington DC 20090-6278. Please include "Hurricane Irma" in the memo portion of the check.

Hurricane Harvey

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice-president of the USCCB has called on the bishops to consider taking up a special collection in response to the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Funds given to the collection will support the humanitarian and recovery efforts of Catholic Charities USA and will provide pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses through the USCCB.

Remittance Instructions
Parish: Send proceeds to diocesan finance office.
Diocese: Immediately remit all received funds directly to the USCCB with memo portion of check to "Hurricane Harvey Emergency Collection" (USCCB, Office of National Collections, P.O. Box 96278, Washington DC 20090-6278). Please use the corresponding transmittal form. Funds may also be remitted via ACH. Contact ncoachpayments@usccb.org to set up ACH payments if you are not already registered.

If you miss the collection, you can send your donation to: USCCB, Office of National Collections, P.O. Box 96278, Washington DC 20090-6278. Please include “Hurricane Harvey” in the memo portion of the check.

Read more on Catholic Charities USA.

Hurricane Matthew

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, President of the USCCB asked dioceses throughout the United States to take up a special collection to support relief and rebuilding efforts needed after Hurricane Matthew. These funds will be used to support the efforts of Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA as they reach out to provide humanitarian aid in the form of water, food, shelter, and medical care, as well as to their long term efforts to restore communities after widespread destruction, and to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for the pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church in the Caribbean and the US.

Remittance Instructions
Parish: Send proceeds to diocesan finance office.
Diocese: Immediately remit all received funds directly to the USCCB with memo portion of check to Hurricane Matthew Special Collection (USCCB, Office of National Collections, P.O. Box 96278, Washington DC 20090-6278).

Read more on Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services

2016 Louisiana Floods

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, President of the USCCB asked dioceses throughout the United States to consider taking up a special collection to assist victims of the flooding in Louisiana.  Funds collected will support the humanitarian efforts of Catholic Charities USA and will provide pastoral and rebuilding support to the impacted dioceses.

Remittance Instructions
Parish: Send proceeds to diocesan finance office.
Diocese: Immediately remit all received funds directly to the USCCB with memo portion of check to Louisiana Floods Special Collection (USCCB, Office of National Collections, P.O. Box 96278, Washington DC 20090-6278).

Read more on Catholic Charities USA

2015-2016 Calamities Special Collection

On January 5, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, President of the USCCB asked dioceses throughout the United States to consider taking up a special collection for the severe storms that occurred in December 2015 and January 2016. These storms have impacted states in the South and Midwest regions of the country.

Archbishop Kurtz requested this special collection take place on the weekend of January 9-10 or 15-16, 2016.

The funds collected in this one-time special appeal will be used to support the relief efforts of Catholic Charities USA, the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church. Catholic Charities USA, with their member agencies, respond to immediate emergency needs like water, food, shelter, and medical care. They will also continue to provide support throughout the recovery and rebuilding. In addition, funds will be used by the USCCB for the pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church.

This collection will also be used to provide relief from potential future domestic calamities in 2016.

Remittance Instructions  
Parish: Send proceeds to diocesan finance office
Diocese: Immediately remit all received funds directly to the USCCB with memo portion of check to 2015-2016 Calamities Special Collection (USCCB, Office of National Collections, P.O. Box 96278, Washington DC 20090-6278).

Read more on Catholic Charities USA 


International Disaster and Crisis Relief 

2016 Earthquake in Ecuador

On April 16, 2016, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador. About 650 people have been killed, over 5,000 injured, and there is widespread damage to buildings, roads, and other infrastructure. Total damage has yet to be assessed completely. 

Catholic Relief Services is responding with water, food, and temporary shelter. For more information on relief efforts for Ecuador, please visit www.crs.org.

The Collection for the Church in Latin America is also assessing the impact to church structures including parishes, schools, and diocesan offices. The Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America intends to make emergency grants for church reconstruction in Ecuador. For more information on giving to the Collection for the Church in Latin America, please visit our How to Give section. The Subcommittee makes annual grants to the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean from the annual collection. While the Subcommittee cannot earmark individual contributions for specific countries or programs, including for the earthquake in Ecuador, its emergency grants are made from the same funding source, the collection, so any donations made in response to this disaster will increase the overall funds available.

Christians in Crisis in the Middle East

Given the extraordinary nature of the crises in the Middle East, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, President of the USCCB, asked dioceses throughout the U.S. to consider taking a special collection in September of 2014 in order to provide humanitarian relief and pastoral support to our brothers and sisters in need in the Middle East. These funds are being distributed to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) who are working in partnership with the local Church to meet the most urgent humanitarian needs facing the people in Iraq, Gaza, Syria, and surrounding countries where refugees have fled.  USCCB is still taking donations for this important effort. 

Remittance Instructions
Parish: Send proceeds to diocesan finance office
Diocese: Remit all received funds directly to the USCCB with memo portion of check to Middle East Special Collection (USCCB, Office of National Collections, P.O. Box 96278, Washington DC 20090-6278).

Read about CNEWA's latest efforts in the Middle East
Read about CRS's work in the Middle East 

Nepal Earthquake

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal the morning of April 25 just 50 miles northwest of the capital, Kathmandu, toppling buildings and homes, causing widespread panic, and claiming more than 7,500 lives. Following the earthquake, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, President of the USCCB, asked his brother bishops to take up a second collection for our affected brothers and sisters in Nepal. These funds will be used to support the efforts of CRS as they respond to immediate emergency needs for such necessities as water, food, shelter and medical care as well as the long-term needs to rebuild the communities in the regions affected after this widespread destruction. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is deploying a major emergency response to this severe disaster and all funds taken from the special collection should be remitted to Catholic Relief Services. 

Remittance Instructions
All remittances and donations should be sent directly to Catholic Relief Services with memo portion of check to Nepal Earthquake (Catholic Relief Services, PO Box 17090, Baltimore MD 21297)

Keep up with CRS's efforts in Nepal



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