UMCOR - Ways You Can Help

Date Posted: 4/20/2011


During last week’s semiannual board of directors meeting, UMCOR directors approved significant funding to confront emergencies in Japan and Haiti, and also advanced the process of defining a new vision for the organization.


Grants include $150,000 to the Asian Rural Institute, a longtime UMCOR partner in Japan. The grant helps the institute rebuild some of its installations which were damaged in the March 11 earthquake, enabling classes to begin next month.


UMCOR directors approved three grants totaling more than $638,000 for programs in Haiti. The funds help UMCOR partners IMA World Health and Global Health Action develop separate community-driven health programs and also support 12 college students with scholarships.


The directors also approved the release of up to $1.2 million dollars for repairs to New College Bird, a highly regarded Methodist school that suffered damage to a number of its buildings.


Other significant funding includes a $400,000 grant to UMCOR partner Church World Service for recovery programs in the aftermath of historic flooding in Pakistan last year, and a $250,000 grant for programs and to open a national office in the emerging nation of South Sudan.


Read the full story here and contribute to this work with your gifts to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450.





For the third consecutive year, massive Red River flooding forced North Dakota and Minnesota residents to turn to boats as their only mode of transportation, as floodwaters covered roads and made them otherwise impassable.

Forecasters expect the Red River to swamp miles of farms and roads, stretching up to eight miles across Oslo, Minn., within days. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared the disaster a federal emergency on April 7.


Meanwhile, a massive storm system that spanned three days and seven states left at least 45 people dead, hundreds injured, and millions of dollars in damages. UMCOR is working with early response teams and annual conferences in the affected areas to assess damages and needs.


Cleaning buckets provide the supplies that enable people affected by floods or storms to begin the overwhelming task of cleaning up, and your gifts to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670, enable UMCOR to respond effectively.



In a joint statement, the Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey and Thomas Kemper, leaders of UMCOR and Global Ministries, respectively, thanked United Methodists and all people of goodwill who have brought prayers and financial offerings to support the people of Japan in their hour of need.


Their statement, issued on Friday, clarifies that they are not currently facilitating sending volunteer teams to Japan. “At this time, we are honoring the request of the Japanese government, who has asked that outside groups not come to Japan.”


Furthermore, they underscored, “The situation in Japan is not conducive to sending volunteers at this time. It is important to allow the well-established government organizations to manage the response. Should the situation change, we will mobilize United Methodist Volunteers in Mission to prepare mission teams.”


UMCOR is working with trusted, experienced partners on the ground in Japan. Your gift to Japan Emergency, UMCOR Advance #3021317, supports these efforts.



Massive landslides caused by torrential rains swept the slopes of Mt. Elgon, in Uganda, last year, destroying three villages in the Bududa District. Survivors were left destitute as crops and animals, the source of their livelihood, were completely destroyed.


UMCOR is assisting the East Africa Annual Conference with a grant to procure and distribute basic agricultural tools and replenish food supplies to help restore productivity. The pilot project established by the grant, serves at least 300 households over a four-month period.


Your gift to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450 supports this work and helps the people of Uganda as they cope with the effects of heavier than normal rains and their recent loss of livelihood.


UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit You can donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist church; by sending a check to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068; or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You can also give online by clicking on any of the "Give Now" links. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.


And, please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.