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Fixing vs. Empowering
As a longtime employee of UUSC, I've been asked many times to clarify the nature of our work and how it's funded, especially when it comes to humanitarian relief work. In a time of crisis...people wonder why they should donate to UUSC over, say, the Red Cross or Oxfam or any one of a number of charities providing direct aid to people around the world.
I tell them that if they want their money to be used immediately, they should donate [to one of the] many organizations out there that are ready to swoop into a disaster area on short notice to manage immediate relief efforts. However, if donors want their money to be thoughtfully granted to grassroots groups located in areas of great need and administered by program officers sensitive to the needs and concerns of the local people in ways that promote longterm solutions to issues faced by marginalized populations, then they should give to UUSC.
—Laurie Brunner, former UUSC staff person, excerpted from her blog post "Fixing vs. Empowering."
How UUSC responds to humanitarian crises
UUSC responds strategically to disaster situations where human rights are threatened, focusing on the rights of marginalized and oppressed people. We work with the understanding that disasters, be they wars or hurricanes, tend to hurt most those who are already marginalized in society.
In times of disaster, our members and supporters look to us to provide leadership and an effective relief response that reflects the values underlying universal human rights, such as the equality and dignity of all people.
Because local responders are usually the first and best responders after disaster, UUSC works in close partnership with like-minded local organizations already working on the ground. Their firsthand knowledge of their communities enhances their ability to assist and support people in crisis, particularly marginalized groups, such as minorities, who are often left behind by traditional relief efforts.
After large-scale disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina and the Indian Ocean tsunami, UUSC and the Unitarian Universalist Association launch a joint appeal for humanitarian relief donations. Together, we have directed millions of dollars of relief aid towards disaster-affected communities in the United States and around the world.
For more information, consult our web page of frequently asked questions about how UUSC responds to disasters and humanitarian crises.
UUSC's current disaster relief appeals
UUSC is currently taking donations for the following disaster relief appeals: