Category 5 Hurricane Maria is regarded as the worst natural disaster on record to hit Puerto Rico.  It made landfall there on September 20, 2017. It was directly responsible for more than 60 deaths – many more when factoring in the crippling of health care, power, water supply and other systems for months after the storm had passed.  Maria followed Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Caribbean hurricane on record, which grazed Puerto Rico on September 6.

The United Church of Christ is currently accepting applications for work teams up to 15 volunteers each to help with hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico. For more information on volunteering, to apply, or to donate to recovery efforts, visit

For details on volunteering and instructions while in Puerto Rico, read the Rebuilding Puerto Rico Group Leaders’ Guide.