United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
For many people around the world, and even our neighbors here in the United States, their first connection with The United Methodist Church is through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) serving as the relief and humanitarian arm of The United Methodist Church. Our goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. UMCOR believes all people have God-given worth and dignity.
UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. It provides humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disasters disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.
While UMCOR cooperates with other aid organizations to extend our reach, its most important partners are the people it serves. It believes that successful solutions to emergency or chronic conditions begin with the affected population. UMCOR provides these survivors not only temporary relief but also long-term education, training and support.
UMCOR uses thousands of volunteers every year to carry out the ministry of comfort and relief, and UMCOR spends 100 percent of designated donations on the projects we donors specify. When UMCOR volunteers give their time, money and supplies, we are the hands and feet of Christ.
What many United Methodists aren’t aware of is that for 100 percent of your donation to meet an emergency relief need or to support a humanitarian project, the administrative and logistical costs have to be covered in another way. That way is the One Great Hour of Sharing Special Sunday Offering (usually observed the fourth Sunday of Lent, which is March 6 in 2016). Encourage your church to observe this important second-mile offering.
Of course you can donate to any project by placing an offering in the plate at any local United Methodist church or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. In response to all disasters you can make an immediate $10 donation by texting the word RESPONSE to 80888.
You can get more information and give online by going to www.umcor.org and clicking the "DONATE" menu button.
Little things do mean a lot — especially when those little things are brought together as United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) kits. The contents of each of these “starter sets” are such simple, small things — pencils, tablets, wash cloths, latex gloves — but having or not having them can make a world of difference. That’s why School, Health, Baby/Layette and Birthing Kits are among the items most requested by our overseas partners each year. The need is great, and we can never have too many on hand. Collecting materials for kits is a great group hands-on project for young and old alike. The full list of additional UMCOR kits is available at www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies or click here to download a pdf of all kits.
To learn about other UMCOR kits, cleaning buckets (formerly known as flood buckets), and medicine boxes that are needed throughout the world, visit the UMCOR web site at www.umcor.org, or contact the conference Mission office at 1-800-768-6040, (804) 521-1100, ext. 144; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.