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  • November 17, 2009

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*PHILIPPINES: Typhoon Recovery

*UMCOR: UMCOR Receives Second Four-Star Rating

*US: Training for Disaster Response

*DRC: Restore Wings of Relief

*EVENT: Immigration Reform


As Filipinos tackle the clean up and recovery following multiple typhoons in recent months, UMCOR Philippines is helping people rebuild their lives.

UMCOR Philippines is distributing emergency supplies to more than 11,000 displaced families and will be there for the long term to help affected families rebuild and recover. UMCOR has applied for funding assistance from partners Action by Churches Together and Muslim Aid to significantly expand their ground relief efforts to help families in great need.

Support the ongoing relief work in the Philippines by giving generously to Philippines Emergency, UMCOR Advance #240235. Click the button to give now online


Charity Navigator, the nation's largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities, has awarded UMCOR a coveted four-star rating for sound fiscal management. This marks the second consecutive year that UMCOR has been acknowledged for its transparency and sound financial accountability.

Only 20 percent of the charities rated by Charity Navigator receive two consecutive four-star evaluations, indicating that UMCOR executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.

The four-star “exceptional” designation is Charity Navigator’s highest rating awarded to select not-for-profit organizations that exceed industry standards and outperform most charities in its cause.

Charity Navigator works to guide intelligent giving and helps supporters make informed giving decisions by providing data about more than 5,000 charities and evaluating the financial health of each one. Click here to view Charity Navigator’s detailed rating of UMCOR.

This recognition can help you be confident that when you make a gift to UMCOR, your contribution will be used responsibly. Give now to UMCOR Undesignated, UMCOR Advance #999895. Online Giving


More than 60 United Methodists involved with disaster response in their conferences are gathered at UMCOR Sager Brown for the annual training academy. For four days, they are focusing on caring for God’s creation through UMCOR’s US Disaster Response ministry.

Through devotions, plenary sessions, networking opportunities and more than 30 different workshops, participants are exploring ways to develop or strengthen their strategies for when a disaster hits their conferences. Training topics include relating with FEMA, responding to pandemics, working with vulnerable populations, monitoring and evaluation to faithfully report how grants are used, and managing non-monetary donations.

To support UMCOR’s US Disaster Response ministry, please give to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670. Online Giving


When he became ill, Dieu Kahudi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) visited a local hospital, but became more critical by the hour. Thanks to the life saving air ambulance services of the United Methodist Aviation Ministry (UMAM), a program of UMCOR, Captain Jacques Umembudi, a United Methodist pilot, flew Kahudi from his remote village to a larger hospital in Kananga where he was diagnosed with diabetes and received treatment.

For Captain Umembudi, emergency flights like these were temporarily delayed this summer. During take-off, his plane crashed into several trees before coming to an abrupt stop. While Captain Umembudi is now doing well, his plane was completely destroyed. UMCOR's top executive Sam Dixon blogs about the situation in the UMCOR Notebook.

Help support Aviation Ministry with a gift to UMCOR Aviation Project, Advance #3019626. Online Giving


This month, people across America are hosting house parties with their families, friends, neighbors, or churches, to support comprehensive immigration reform in the US.

Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) West Michigan clinic is joining the Comprehensive Immigration Reform event by hosting a Families Freedom and Faith House Party where thousands of immigration reformers will gather in homes, churches, and ESL classes to build momentum for immigration reform. The event comes before immigration and reform bills are introduced in early 2010.

JFON-Texas and JFON-Arkansas clinics are taking part of the "Breaking Bread and Barriers" campaign supported by General Board of Church and Society and the UM Immigration Task Force. The campaign creates a platform for discussions about barriers to justice faced by immigrants and the possible changes to immigration laws.

Support this work with your gifts to JFON, UMCOR Advance #901285. Online Giving

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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