It’s time to get on F-I-R-E for United Methodist Committee on Relief!
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the global humanitarian aid organization of The United Methodist Church, working in more than 80 countries worldwide, including the United States. Their mission is to alleviate human suffering–whether caused by war, conflict, or natural disaster–with open minds and hearts to all people. UMCOR partners with people to rebuild their livlihoods, health and homes. In times of acute crisis, UMCOR mobilizes aid to stricken areas–emergency supplies, fresh water, and temporary shelter. They stay as long as it takes, to implement long-term recovery and rehabilitation.UMCOR’s motto is, “Multiplying Hope.” The latest news from UMCOR is always available at the UMCOR Hotline.
Much of UMCOR’s work deals with hunger. UMCOR provides long-term solutions to bring hope to hungry people and empower them to self-sufficiency. Ministries of food, clothing, and medical supplies supplement programs in such areas of work as sustainable agriculture and clean water that help poor countries move forward with development. UMCOR programs nourish impoverished people and the working poor-especially women and children-so they can improve their lives.They partner with many other agencies to feed hungry people and to help those people feed themselves. Hunger is about more than food. UMCOR responds globally to distribute food and other necessary supplies. But United Methodist seeds and tools, training, health ministries, and assistance in starting up small businesses also lead to sustained development.Click here for a special report–“Can we Feed the World.
There are three ways you can volunteer to assist with UMCOR’s work.1) Disaster response volunteers help in the recovery efforts following a disaster in the US. When an area is considered safe and able to host volunteers, teams are welcomed through United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM).Oftentimes volunteers are needed for several years following a major event.To find out about groups from your area, contact your jurisdictional or conference UMVIM coordinator. 2) UMCOR Sager Brown volunteers go to Baldwin, Louisana, to help with the work of sorting and shipping relief supplies to locations in the US and around the world. UMCOR supply kits help care for the most vulnerable people during times of crisis. They sustain everyday life by providing basic necessities to people who lack ready access to essential supplies3) Volunteers can also go overseas with UMVIM to support the work of UMCOR field offices through the UMCOR Non Governmental Organization.
UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters that are interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. UMCOR’s work on behalf of United Methodists is global and includes countries in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, the Caribbean. UMCOR serves in long-term disaster recovery in the US. The immediate goal of UMCOR’s international and domestic emergency response programs is to provide relief and rehabilitation for the entire person-physical, social, and psychological-in a distress situation. UMCOR provides long-term recovery as well as immediate relief. Recognizing that disasters cause disruptions that can last for years and often create permanent changes in people’s lives, UMCOR works within a community to address the long-term effects of a disaster and assist people in rebuilding and adjusting to change.
UMCOR offers integrated solutions to the communities in the US and abroad. UMCOR’s methodology identifies priority areas and provides opportunities for the community to access assistance as and when it is needed. UMCOR does this by treating the community as a whole, encouraging them to regard assistance as an opportunity and not charity, and working with communities to render assistance. Each aspect of assistance to a community can be regarded as part of a jigsaw puzzle. Without all the pieces in place the community can never be whole. Using an integrated approach and that works in partnership with communities means that communities once faced with extinction are now flourishing and growing in a spirit of optimism.UMCOR seeks to address the multifaceted issues that bring a community to a point where they cannot recover on their own. Merely addressing one or two aspects of these complex issues will not be effective humanitarian service. So UMCOR goes beyond crisis relief to community development tht equips persons to help themelves.
Giving support to UMCOR
Many of the Advance Specials that are related to UMCOR can be found in Lane 4 of the West Michigan Six Lanes of the Advance. At the core of UMCOR’s work are programs that serve the most vulnerable—women and children, people emerging from years of war, conflict, and minorities in vulnerable situations. One hundred percent of your tax-deductible gifts go to the emergency or project that you designate. UMCOR’s administrative costs come from other sources, especially the United Methodist One Great Hour of Sharing offering.