UMCOR Update

Date Posted: 6/15/2011


Even as the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) continues to assist communities across the United States that were struck by this spring’s historic tornadoes, storms, and floods, it is preparing to meet the challenges of the 2011 hurricane season, which began June 1.


Read more about UMCOR’s response to the 2011 spring storm season. Learn about disaster response, spiritual and emotional care, case management, and other training UMCOR offers to United Methodist annual conferences, and view a calendar of upcoming training events.


Cleaning buckets are always needed. Click here for information on assembly and shipping instructions. Cleaning buckets can be sent to any depot in the UMCOR Relief-Supply Network.


Your gift to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670, supports UMCOR’s work in response to natural and human-made disasters across the United States.



UMCOR hailed the opening of an ecumenical disaster response office in Tokyo and vowed to stand with Japan’s churches as they take further steps to assist survivors of the March 11 triple disaster there.


With the launching of the office, NCC-JEDRO (National Christian Council – Japan Ecumenical Disaster Response Office), the churches can engage systematically in relief and recovery work and deepen their accompaniment of survivors of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake, tsunamis, and ongoing nuclear threat.


UMCOR International Disaster Response executive, Melissa Crutchfield, who was present at the meeting, affirmed UMCOR’s “commitment to working with and supporting Japan’s churches and other local partners as they develop and organize their relief efforts.”


UMCOR has so far disbursed $240,000 to partner organizations, including two new emergency grants that were released at the end of May. Read more about UMCOR’s response to the emergency in Japan.


Your gift to Japan Emergency, UMCOR Advance #3021317, helps the people of Japan recover from an unprecedented disaster.



World Refugee Day is June 20. This special day was created to learn about and acknowledge the plight of the approximately 40 million people who are uprooted in the world.


Learn about UMCOR’s Refugee Ministry by joining a June 15 webcast on the topic from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET. Please note the new date: the webcast originally was scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, and has been moved to Wednesday, June 15.

Take some time to pray for and consider ministry with those who have been forced to leave their homes and families due to war or other atrocity. UMCOR has created a series of online resources to help you raise awareness about refugees in our world.

Support UMCOR’s Refugee Ministry by giving to Refugee Response, UMCOR Advance #982540.



The General Board of Global Ministries’ Mission Intern Program is a three-year leadership development and social justice opportunity for young adults (20-30 years old).


This year, UMCOR’s Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) program was selected for mission intern placements at two sites: JFON Central Florida (JFON-FL) and JFON Southeast Michigan (JFON-SEMI).

Hannah Hanson is assigned to JFON-FL. Her work will focus on education and advocacy as well as assisting the JFON attorney in providing services to clients. Joseph Bradley is assigned to JFON-SEMI, where he will serve as the Volunteer and Communications coordinator.


Read the latest news about the JFON program in First Monday. Support JFON by giving to JFON, UMCOR Advance #901285.

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.


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.