The UMCOR Hotline
April 3, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
College students on spring break and others went to the Gulf Coast in droves during March to volunteer for continued hurricane recovery. More than 4,500 volunteers worked in five states during the month to give the gift of their time and ability. Nearly a year and a half after Katrina and Rita there is still much to do. Volunteers, especially those with some experience in reconstruction, are needed.
Make your plans to join the rebuilding effort along the Gulf Coast and contact your jurisdictional or annual conference coordinator for United Methodist Volunteers in Mission
UMCOR is reconstructing a school in South Sudan that will give 880 students a much better place to learn. The reconstructed school, in Dar e Saalam, will replace the crumbling mud structures that currently serve as classrooms. The new school will give these children, especially girls, access to a higher quality of education than what their community can currently provide.
Refugees are returning in high numbers after living away from their homes in South Sudan during years of war. When they return they have to start over again, rebuilding homes, businesses, and schools. As permanent schools are being built, each area is noticing an incredible increase in students. One school increased from under 500 students meeting in temporary classrooms to 1,000 when the new school was built. UMCOR hopes to see a similar increase in Dar e Saalam.
World Health Day is observed on April 7. The 2007 theme, Invest in Health, Build a Safer Future, draws attention to the need to seek long-term solutions to serious health problems such as HIV/AIDS and malaria that ruin the quality of life for many around the world—especially those who are poor. Learn and share what United Methodists are doing in these areas in the World Health Day bulletin insert. You can participate in this important day by giving to one of the following health programs:
New resources to help Justice for Our Neighbors clinics around the US are now available on the UMCOR website. These posters and brochures will help this United Methodist ministry for immigrants recruit volunteers and increase their visibility in the community.
Justice for Our Neighbors provides free, professional legal services to immigrants in monthly clinics. This UMCOR program connects a national network of church-based, volunteer-led immigration clinics to asylum seekers and immigrants who need a helping hand to navigate the maze of rules and laws that affect their lives in the United States. Support this important program by giving to Justice for Our Neighbors, UMCOR Advance #901285.
UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit umcor.org. 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.
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