Emergency Collections for Disaster and Crisis Relief

Transmittal Forms for all collections can be found on the Collection Administration page.

Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund

Prompted by Hurricane Laura and the California wildfires, on September 3, 2020, Archbishop Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, requested that bishops across the country consider taking up a voluntary special collection for the humanitarian, long-term recovery, and Church needs arising from the increasing number of natural disasters in the United States. The funds collected in this special appeal will become part of the Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund and will be used to support the efforts of Catholic Charities USA and/or Catholic Relief Services, the official relief agencies of the U.S. Catholic Church, as they and their local agencies respond to immediate emergency needs for such necessities as water, food, shelter, and medical care, and aid in long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts; and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church.

Funds will be used in response to Hurricane Laura and any other disasters that occur and will be distributed where they are most needed. However, if such purpose(s) become unnecessary, impractical or impossible to fill, USCCB may use such contributions for other emergency disaster relief where it is most needed as determined by the Committee on National Collections using its emergency response protocol.

Remittance Instructions

Parishes: Send proceeds to your diocesan finance office.

Dioceses: Remit all received funds as soon as possible directly to the USCCB using the corresponding transmittal form. Please make check payable to USCCB-Bishops Emergency Disaster and send to:

Office of National Collections, Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund
PO Box 96278, Washington DC 20090-6278

Individuals: If your parish does not take a collection but you would like to help, please send your donation to:
Office of National Collections, Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund
PO Box 96278, Washington DC 20090-6278

 

2018 Disasters Collection

With the beginning of the storm season and the devastating impact of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, called for a 2018 Disasters Collection. The funds collected in this special appeal for 2018 Disasters will be used to support the efforts of Catholic Charities USA and/or Catholic Relief Services, the official relief agencies of the U.S. Catholic Church as they and their local agencies respond to immediate emergency needs and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church. Funds will be used in response to Hurricane Florence and any other natural disasters that occur this year.

Remittance Instructions

A man goes through the debris of his destroyed home in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Parishes: Send proceeds to your diocesan finance office.
Dioceses: Remit all received funds as soon as possible directly to the USCCB with memo portion of check to "2018 Disasters Fund." Please include the corresponding transmittal form and send to:
Office of National Collections, 2018 Disasters Fund
P. O. Box 96278, Washington DC 20090-6278

Individuals: If your parish does not take a collection but you would like to help, please send your donation to:
Office of National Collections, 2018 Disasters Fund
P. O. Box 96278, Washington DC 20090-6278

 

Mexico Earthquakes Fund

In light of the devastation caused by the 2017 earthquakes in Mexico, you can support the humanitarian and recovery assistance as well as the long-term rebuilding efforts of communities and the local Church. These earthquakes devastated some of the poorest dioceses in the country and your support is a sign of solidarity with our brothers and sisters as they recover.

Remittance Instructions

Parishes: Send proceeds to diocesan finance office.
Dioceses: Remit all received funds as soon as possible directly to the USCCB with memo portion of check to "Mexico Earthquakes Fund." Please include the corresponding transmittal form and send to:
Office of National Collections, Mexico Earthquakes Fund
P. O. Box 96278, Washington DC 20090-6278

Individuals: If your parish does not take a collection but you would like to contribute, please send your donation to:
Office of National Collections, Mexico Earthquakes Fund
P. O. Box 96278, Washington DC 20090-6278

Hurricane Maria Fund

Hurricane Maria swept through the Caribbean devastating Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Dominica. Stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters by supporting the Hurricane Maria fund. For information about the most recent post-hurricane reconstruction projects, please visit this June 2019 listing. Your support is an act of charity and unity with our brothers and sisters struggling to recover from this crisis.

Remittance Instructions

Parishes: Send proceeds to your diocesan finance office.
Dioceses: Remit all received funds as soon as possible directly to the USCCB with memo portion of check to "Hurricane Maria Fund." Please include the corresponding transmittal form and send to:
Office of National Collections, Hurricane Maria Fund
P. O. Box 96278, Washington DC 20090-6278

Individuals: If your parish does not take a collection but you would like to help, please send your donation to:
Office of National Collections, Hurricane Maria Fund
P. O. Box 96278, Washington DC 20090-6278

 

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 Church relief agencies as they reach out to provide humanitarian aid in the form of water, food, shelter, and medical care, as well as 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 called on the bishops to consider taking up a special collection in response to the 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. For the latest information on post-hurricane projects, visit this June 2019 list.

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 

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