Relief Advisories for Japan Crisis

Date Posted: 3/16/2011


The situation in Japan at present is not conducive to relief volunteers coming in from other countries. Neither UMCOR nor the General Board of Global Ministries facilitates volunteers in disaster zones unless they are requested by local partners or government agencies. No such requests have been received to date from Japan.

Relief Supplies

The situation in Japan following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami remains volatile because of uncertainty about radiation from the damaged nuclear reactors.

UMCOR welcomes layette and school kits but is uncertain whether or where such items will be permitted to enter Japan. Any kits received will be distributed where they are most needed in the world.


UMCOR and the General Board of Global Ministries are working through relief and church partners in Japan to respond to provide immediate assistance and long-term rehabilitation. These partners include Global Medic, the United Church of Christ in Japan, the National Christian Council in Japan, and others.

Pacific Emergency, Advance #3021317, is the United Methodist channel for contributions. One hundred percent of each gift supports relief efforts, and generous gifts will support the rebuilding of communities, including the reconstruction of homes and places of worship.

Contributions can be made in a variety of ways.

Online: Pacific Emergency, Advance #3021317.

By mail: Make your check payable to Advance GCFA. Write the name of the ministry and The Advance code number on the check. Send your check to:

Advance GCFA
P.O. Box 9068, GPO
New York, NY 10087-9068

By phone: Give credit card gifts by calling (888) 252-6174.

Through your local United Methodist church:

Make your check payable to your local church. Write the name of the ministry and the Advance code number on the check. Drop your gift in any United Methodist church offering plate or give your gift to your church treasurer, so that your church and annual conference will get Advance credit.