The UMCOR Hotline
August 28, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
UMCOR is responding to the recent Midwest floods and is in contact with affected annual conferences. The storm washed out bridges, damaged and destroyed homes and has left several people dead. UMCOR is awaiting assessments from other conference disaster officials and will continue to provide financial material and personnel support as needs are known.
Preliminary emergency grants went to both the Minnesota Annual Conference and the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference to support affected families in those areas. The storm caused hundreds of people to evacuate after rising flood waters swallowed their homes, and left thousands with damages and total loss of property.
UMCOR has responded to more than 28 domestic emergencies in 24 annual conferences since September 2006, and this has depleted available funds. Help replenish funds in the Domestic Disaster Advance as remnants of Tropical Storm Erin continue to affect several Midwest communities with deadly flooding. Please give to the Domestic Disaster Response-Midwest Floods, Advance #901670.
UMCOR is responding to the massive earthquake that leveled several cities in Peru on Aug. 15 through their partners, the Methodist Church of Peru and Action by Churches Together, an international relief alliance.
The Methodist Church in Peru is preparing a long-term response to help Southern Peru make a full recovery. UMCOR is supporting them in this important effort.
You can join the effort by giving to International Disaster Response, Peru Earthquake, UMCOR Advance #982450. The online giving system does not allow for designations within an advance; however gifts to International Disaster Response will go to where assistance is most needed.
The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the most active in recorded history and UMCOR’s “Hurricane 2005” appeal responded with record gifts to assist those affected.
According to a recent report by UMCOR, issued near the two-year mark of UMCOR’s five-year plan of long-term recovery work—nearly 60,000 individuals have received United Methodist assistance during long-term recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast. Total giving was over $66 million—the highest ever given to an UMCOR Advance.
The report “Serving Survivors” summarizes United Methodist response up to June 30, 2007, to the unprecedented wind and water damage from several large hurricanes in 2005—Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan and Wilma.
The new report details the disbursement of the funds and quantitative results of the assistance to families and individuals in the Gulf Coast as well as international aid. In partnership with annual conferences from Texas to Florida, UMCOR has supplied direct assistance and established disaster organizations to assist with long-term recovery.
Full details of the report are available online.
Respond to UMCOR Sager Brown’s, the United Methodist supply depot, urgent plea to replenish their flood bucket supply. The Atlantic hurricane season is still underway and is a continual threat to those in its path. Many Midwest communities continue to be affected by increased flooding, that has caused substantial loss of property. Use this church bulletin insert to learn more about how UMCOR is able to respond effectively to disasters that happen across our country. Download and print the latest UMCOR church bulletin insert here.
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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