Someone needs to ask some questions about the fund the UUA has set up in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, if for no other reason than to clarify the process and expectations. I've looked and cannot find answers to the following:
- Who will the recipients be, broadly? Churches or individuals?
- Who will decide the amount of aid, and on what basis?
- How much of the donated money, if any, will be used towards administration?
Later. Some answers, from UUA.org:
"All funds received will be distributed under the auspices of the UUA's Southwest and Mid-South Districts and will be used entirely for hurricane relief. The two districts will establish a panel to distribute funds to local relief efforts and to UU congregations so that their ministries in their communities can be restored." I think I'll stick to the Red Cross and Our Home plan, but I'll add more news as it arrives.
I'm not asking for a white paper, but "I don't know" or "we haven't decided" aren't satisfactory. Until we know this, I don't see why anyone should be asked to give to the UUA's fund, or any fund. (I'll wait to hear how Our Home, Ellisville, Mississippi fared and probably give to it directly.)
When you give to the Red Cross -- which I support and have given money to -- you know it will be for relief services and that they are good stewards of the money.