UMCOR - Ways to Make a Difference

Date Posted: 4/27/2011


After 200 tornadoes came roaring through eight southern states between April 14 and April 16, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) responded with emergency grants and provided disaster response personnel to support affected annual conferences. Read more.


Rev. Wayne Napier, disaster response coordinator for the Mississippi Conference, said the funds would be used to cover the costs associated with assessing damages, removing debris, processing and assigning work projects, and providing case management to families impacted by the storm.


Rev. Tom Hazelwood, UMCOR executive for US disaster response, underscored that this storm, along with Red River flooding in the Upper Midwest, and earlier tornadoes in Iowa, Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Arkansas are the beginning of the spring storm season. “We could be in for a very busy spring,” he said.


Read a blog written by UMCOR Disaster Response consultant and North Carolina native, Barbara Tripp here. Your gift to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670, helps provide hope to people who are seeking to put their lives back together in the wake of a disaster. 



In Haiti, 80 percent of all education is conducted by nongovernment institutions, especially those run by churches. Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti (EMH) runs 102 schools, including the well-regarded College Methodiste de Freres (CMF), a primary and secondary school located just outside downtown Port-au-Prince.


UMCOR has provided EMH a grant to rehabilitate one of the CMF buildings that were damaged in last year’s earthquake and convert its dormitories into classrooms for a new kindergarten. The idea is to attract children to education when they are young and continue to serve them through CMF.


One hundred percent of your gift to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325, helps the people of Haiti rebuild after the devastating earthquake of 2010.



UMCOR has convened a forum on reconstruction and pure-water supply in Haiti, which will run from April 26 through April 29. The goal of the gathering is to form partnerships to rebuild homes and provide access to clean water for Haitian families.


The forum brings together potential partners with expertise in these areas, who will share their ideas and experience.


UMCOR, in close coordination with Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti, will decide which partnerships are most appropriate and will work with the indicated organizations to provide permanent homes to 40 displaced Haitian families by the end of 2011.


One hundred percent of your gift to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325, helps the people of Haiti rebuild after the devastating earthquake of 2010.



World Fair Trade Day is fast approaching. When you purchase coffee, tea, chocolate, and craft items from fair trade distributors, you help ensure a better life for farmers and artisans globally.

The UMCOR Coffee Project links congregations with small farmers through fair trade, providing a way to encourage these struggling families while also enjoying fellowship and an excellent cup of coffee. Your support of the UMCOR Coffee Project also provides income to UMCOR’s sustainable agriculture projects.


Learn more about fair trade and the UMCOR Coffee Project and download resources for your congregation here. Your gift to Sustainable Agriculture and Development, UMCOR Advance #982188, is another way of helping small farmers and their families.


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.