Become involved in PDA ministries
After a disaster, generous and willing people want to be involved in showing Christ’s love to those in need. Here are some ways you can stand in the GAP to help disaster survivors.
One Great Hour of Sharing
Support the OGHS offering, which provides core funding for the work of PDA around the world.
Designate your gift
Give to a disaster or relief project of your choice online, by mail or by telephone.
- Download, print or view a concise list (includes links to give online)
- Choose a disaster recovery account and give online
- Stock transfers, endowment fund and planned giving
Call PresbyTel to give by phone (800) 872-3283.
Send gifts through your normal giving channels or mail to:
Presbyterian Church (USA)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700
Give in honor of your loved ones – PDA alternative giving gift cards can be downloaded, printed, and mailed to your gift recipient. Read more about alternative giving opportunities to support disaster survivors around the world.
Sign up to receive PDA RIN (Rapid Information Network) emails to be aware of current responses and urgent needs you can share with your congregation. Email PDA to request the complimentary Mission Mosaic by mail to read stories of disaster recovery around the world in magazine format.
Work teams are groups of volunteers (three or more) who help to clean up and rebuild disaster-affected areas throughout the United States.
PDA volunteers are individuals with specific skills who serve as members of various teams to help PDA in its mission of disaster response both nationally and internationally.
Assemble Gift of the Heart Kits
Assemble Gift of the Heart Kits, an excellent hands-on project for youth groups, Presbyterian Women and others who want a tangible way to be involved. The most frequently needed kits in a disaster are the School kit, Health kit and Layette kit.
Get involved in a U.S. Growing Project
Start or participate in a community growing project in the United States. Raise money to fund overseas food security programs that are helping people help themselves. Explore the Foods Resource Bank.
Welcome a Refugee
Welcome a refugee family and help them feel at home in your community. Each year thousands of refugees from across the globe resettle in the United States, and congregations have the opportunity for pastoral accompaniment. If your congregation is within 50 miles of a CWS affiliate office (see the list of affiliates in 24 states), please consider becoming a co-sponsor or offering assistance. Get questions and answers.
Our best response is prayer. 1 Thessalonians implores us to pray without ceasing, so your prayers are requested above all else.
Pray for the people whose lives were directly affected by a disaster in their community, pray for the relief workers and those who are offering assistance, and pray that hope will be found out of the chaos of disasters.
Find prayers, hymns, poems and other worship resources related to disaster and recovery.