The UMCOR Hotline
In Today's Hotline:
HAITI: Earthquake Response
UMCOR SUPPLY DEPOTS: Health Kits Urgently Needed
UMCOR: Global Ministries and UMCOR Lose Key Executives
RESOURCES: Haiti Emergency Web Page
HAITI EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE:
Providing Clean Water
UMCOR is providing emergency grants to the Methodist Church in Haiti and GlobalMedic to address the needs of those affected by the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12.
UMCOR is partnering with GlobalMedic to provide clean drinking water, treatment for severe diarrhea, and medical attention to those in need. UMCOR is also supporting GlobalMedic's response through the deployment of paramedics, water technicians, and a doctor to assist those sick or injured.
A hub for water distribution is also being set up to provide 65,000 people daily with clean drinking water. In addition, about 110,000 sachets of PUR water purifiers, five million Aquatab water purification tablets, and 110,000 oral rehydration sachets are being distributed to those who have been forced from their homes as a result of the earthquake.
UMCOR and GlobalMedic are working in partnership with local non-government organizations (NGOs) and the United Nations’ network of relief organizations to coordinate response efforts and give aid to areas not receiving direct assistance.
Bahamas Methodist Habitat Transports UMCOR Staff
Thanks to mission aircraft transportation services provided by Bahamas Methodist Habitat (BMH), a US-based nonprofit organization, UMCOR staff persons Melissa Crutchfield, international disaster response executive, and Edgar Avitia, a Global Ministries executive, arrived in the Dominican Republic over the weekend when all commercial airlines were sold out. Crutchfield and Avitia are assessing relief needs and coordinating relief distribution efforts with on-the-ground partners.
Bahamas Methodist Habitat is conducting 12 flights per day through its Fly-In & Help Out mission program, transporting much-needed medical supplies into and evacuating people out of Haiti for medical assistance. Through this program, more than 10,000 pounds of emergency medical relief supplies have already been delivered to Haiti.
Over three million people are in dire need of assistance in Haiti. Please support UMCOR in its response with your gifts to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance # 418325.
UMCOR SUPPLY DEPOTS: HEALTH KITS URGENTLY NEEDED
Material resources at both of UMCOR’s relief supply depots are in short supply due to the overwhelming response to the Haiti earthquake. The depots are also continuing to respond to other countries’ needs as they respond to Haiti. Your support is needed to help UMCOR’s relief supply depots shelve a reserve of relief supplies in preparation for future disaster needs.
“The plan is to keep the health kits going into Haiti, not store them,” said Kathy Kraiza, UMCOR Sager Brown director.
Sager Brown (LA) and UMCOR West, (Salt Lake City, Utah) are working closely with conference/jurisdiction-owned warehouses, such as Midwest Mission Distribution Center (IL), Mission Response Center (Western NC), MERCI (NC), Mission Central (Central PA), Eastbrook Mission Barn (Western PA), and staging areas in several conferences to ready shipments to Haiti. Those assembling health kits and other relief supplies for Haiti are instructed to ship kits to their nearest warehouse facility.
Volunteers are welcome to assist in assembling health kits at either of the depots. Those interested in volunteering at UMCOR West in Salt Lake City, please contact Director Brian Diggs at 801-973-7250, or email WestDepot@umcor.org. To volunteer at Sager Brown, please call 1-800-814-8765. Please also give generously to Material Resources, UMCOR Advance #901440. Giving to this Advance project enables Sager Brown to purchase relief supply contents.
GLOBAL MINISTRIES AND UMCOR LOSE KEY EXECUTIVES
UMCOR and the whole of Global Ministries are mourning the loss of two key staff members—the Rev. Sam Dixon, UMCOR’s top executive, and the Rev. Clint Rabb, head of the Volunteers in Mission office. Dixon and Rabb were in Haiti to discuss efforts to improve medical services in the country. To learn more of their life and work, visit www.umcor.org.
Gifts to Haiti relief can be made in memory of Sam Dixon to the Haiti Relief Fund of UMCOR. Checks should be made to UMCOR with “Advance #418325 Dixon Memorial” in the memo line and mailed to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087.
Gifts in memory of Rev. Clinton Rabb, should be directed to the Individual Volunteers Program. Checks should be made to the General Board of Global Ministries with “Advance #982465 Rabb Memorial” in the memo line.
UMCOR thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this time, and for expressing their support through overwhelming generosity in giving. Your gifts are enabling UMCOR in its response to the many needs in Haiti.
RESOURCES: HAITI EMERGENCY WEB PAGE
Haiti Earthquake, is a dedicated UMCOR web page providing the latest news and information on UMCOR’s relief efforts in Haiti.
Churches everywhere can access available Haiti resources on this special web page, which includes a church bulletin; a PowerPoint slide show; a poster; and a link to offering envelopes, which churches can use to collect a special offering for Haiti survivors. Download “Haiti: A Call for Help” church bulletin now, or “Help Haiti Survivors” PowerPoint slide for church use.
Gifts to Haiti can be made online by visiting www.umcorhaiti.org. For gifts by mail, please make checks payable to UMCOR and mail to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087. Please indicate Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325 on the memo line of your check. One hundred percent of gifts made to this advance will go to help the people of Haiti.
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.
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