Pastor: Rev. Karen Wolcott
The Global United Methodist Church runs this not-for-profit international humanitarian aid organization providing relief from hunger and disasters, and teaching peace. Through UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief), United Methodists across the world help to rebuild shattered lives, strengthen self-sufficiency, and encourage partnerships.
Five Things that you can do.
1. Pray for those whose lives have been impacted by the hurricane. Pray for the Early Response Teams, disaster coordinators, and the many volunteers who are working tirelessly to provide relief.
2. Make relief kits. For a complete list of supplies go to umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies.
3. Give to UMCOR's relief and recovery efforts. U.S. Disaster Response, Advance #901670 at umcor.org/donate.
4. Donate only those items requested. (To keep relief supplies in stock, give to Material Resources Advance #901440 at umcor.org/donate)
5. Please wait for an invitation to volunteer.
UMCOR is the humanitarian relief and development agency of the United Methodist Church, a worldwide denomination. Compelled by Christ, UMCOR responds to natural or human made disasters—those interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community's ability to recover on its own. This is accomplished through the following missions:
In best practice, domestic and international disaster relief employs the case management model of significant participation by disaster survivors in their own recovery. In all phases of response-from the early weeks of the emergency to the long-term rehabilitation of the community-UMCOR most values the outcomes of partnerships with and self-sufficiency of survivors. Training in disaster response is a specialty of UMCOR.
UMCOR underwrites innovative ministries in health care in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Examples include community-based primary health care, HIV/AIDS programs, mission hospital revitalization, deaf and disability related ministries, health education scholarships, and community health care grants.
UMCOR offers the balm of hospitality in its refugee and immigration programs. The resettlement program supports refugees both within and outside the US. Justice for Our Neighbors, working from United Methodist churches with large immigrant populations, provides free legal counsel for immigrants and asylum seekers.
UMCOR seeks to alleviate poverty and hunger through sustainable development, training in innovative agriculture techniques, and partnerships with ecumenical groups. Technologies such as soy and moringa production, beekeeping, and integrated pest management, once unknown, are now in use by hundreds of farmers in developing countries.
Material resources can save lives in the days and weeks immediately following a catastrophe. UMCOR Sager Brown in Baldwin, Louisiana, encompasses a mission facility for volunteers and the UMCOR Depot, a warehouse that serves as a staging area for donated emergency supplies.
UMCOR successfully revitalizes communities throughout the world. In 13 offices in Europe, Asia, and Africa we treat the community as a whole and not as a collection of individuals. We encourage the community to regard UMCOR assistance as an opportunity and not as charity. We work with communities to render assistance in a timely fashion. Housing, livelihoods, clean water, education, security, community projects to foster harmony-UMCOR integrates all these solutions to revitalize a community and stimulate self-sufficiency.
To learn more or to get involved with UMCOR, visit them online at www.umcor.org
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