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  • October 14, 2008

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*HAITI: Water Development

*US: Helping Iowa Rebuild

*DRC: Providing Educational Opportunities

*US: Cycling for UMCOR

*RESOURCES: Buy Fair Trade Halloween Chocolate—New Church Bulletin

*EVENT: World Food Day USA Teleconference


UMCOR is collaborating with the Lawrence Central United Methodist Church in Kansas through Haiti Outreach, a non governmental organization to help several communities in La Gonave, Haiti gain access to clean water.

Nearly 10,000 people near the village of Piquè-mèby, on southwest La Gonave, have no access to safe drinking water. With UMCOR’s support, Global Ministries’ volunteers who serve there and Haiti Outreach will drill new wells and repair the existing infrastructure on La Gonave. The project will include replacement and repair maintenance of the pumping system. Drilling will begin in areas where there are identified water resources.

Help projects like these continue in Haiti where there is a great need for access to clean water. Give to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance # 418325. Click the button to give now online


Sixteen member teams from Southeast Louisiana are “giving back,” helping 439 Oakville, Iowa residents recover from a levee break caused by the Midwest storms this past June. Every one of the 179 homes in Oakville was damaged.

A second team from southeast Louisiana is expected to travel to Iowa the week of November 15. “This is an important part of our healing,” said Amy Mercer, deputy director of the Louisiana Conference disaster response organization. Over the past three years, the Louisiana Conference has hosted twenty-six teams from Iowa for hurricane recovery work, including some from the very areas affected by the June flooding.

The rebuilding effort in Iowa is expected to be long-term—78 of the state’s 99 counties have been severely affected. You can help in Iowa’s recovery by giving to Domestic Disaster Response, Midwest Floods, UMCOR Advance # 901670. Online Giving


UMCOR is making education more accessible for primary school girls affected by a civil crisis or conflict, or who face special barriers in receiving an education in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

UMCOR will provide the tuition, school fees and scholarships for 500 of the most vulnerable primary school girls. School materials and uniforms also supplied by UMCOR will help encourage attendance, retention and performance.

UMCOR is also supporting a multi-tiered mentoring system of volunteers in DRC. Community volunteers provide mentoring to “Junior Mentors” or 20 secondary school girls. These junior mentors each lead a group of 20 primary school students encouraging them in their studies. HIV/AIDS, malaria and other disease prevention classes are provided. Your gifts to DR Congo Emergency, UMCOR Advance # 198400 will continue to make education a reality for girls in DRC. Online Giving


Bike riding for Rev. Janet F. Grissett of the Virginia Annual Conference, began as a personal quest to shed some pounds and keep her diabetes under control. She discovered she loved to ride. But soon Grissett’s passion for riding turned into a mission to support UMCOR.

“I found myself riding more and more miles and wanting to ride even more,” said Grissett in an email to UMCOR. “I built up to riding 90-135 miles a week and lost 71 pounds in the process!”

Grisset joined the Virginia Conference’s United Methodist “Holy Rollers”, a group of annual bike riders that help raise money for the conference. She connected her new found cycling love with mission and outreach— choosing to raise $250 for UMCOR. On Oct. 25 in Wachapreague Va., Grissett will participate in her first Century (100 miles) ride. Go Grissett!

If you have a similar story and would like to share it with UMCOR, send us your story along with a photo to: You can also give to UMCOR Undesignated, UMCOR Advance #999895 which will direct funds to areas most in need. Click the button to give now online


This Halloween, UMCOR, the General Board of Church and Society and Equal Exchange are encouraging congregations to purchase fairly traded chocolate or cocoa products through the UMCOR Coffee Project and Equal Exchange. Supporting fair trade through your purchases allows farmers to earn a fair price for their crops and also prohibits the use of abusive child labor common in cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast, West Africa.

United Methodist trick-or-treat bags and fairly traded Organic Dark Minis are now available through Equal Exchange’s Interfaith Store. Every mini chocolate purchased through the UMCOR Coffee Project and Equal Exchange, will be accompanied by an informational post card about fair trade. This year, encourage trick-or–treaters to pass out fair trade chocolate and United Methodist informational cards to every home they visit.

Download “The Truth About Chocolate”, UMCOR’s new church bulletin insert, for ways you can support fair trade and reduce forced child labor. You can also give to Sustainable Agriculture and Development Program, UMCOR Advance #982188. Click the button to give now online


Join World Food Day USA in their 25th Annual World Food Day Teleconference “Choices for a Warm and Hungry Planet,” on Oct. 16 from 12 noon to 3:00 pm Eastern Time. This year’s teleconference will examine global trend issues affecting our food supply, global warming, agriculture and trade issues, poverty and more.

Expert panelists include Dr. Nancy Birdsall, founding president of the Center for Global Development; Dr. Siwa Msangi, International Food Policy Research Institute; and Mark Ritchie, Minnesota’s Secretary of State. Click here for more information.

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit 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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