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  • March 09, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:






UMCOR Hosts Haiti Health Meeting

The Health Unit of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is hosting a meeting at its New York City headquarters this Thursday with its long-time partners in the field of health in Haiti.

The meeting, titled “Haiti Health: Moving toward a Long-term Strategy,” will be web cast at beginning at 10:00 a.m. (EST). Anyone with a Facebook account can join the conversation by signing into their accounts from the web cast page or on Twitter using the hashtag #haitihealth.

UMCOR Awards Grant to Relief Partners to Provide Food, Shelter

UMCOR contributed $50,000 to Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance to enhance the living conditions of the most vulnerable groups impacted by the earthquake in rural and urban areas. Ongoing support such as water, sanitation, shelter and food is helping relieve some of the every day pressures of more than 150,000 survivors of the earthquake.

UMCOR is supporting Global Health Action's (GHA) Community Health and Development Programs in the Leogane District of Haiti with a $30,000 grant. GHA serves basic health and development needs of poor, rural Haitians, who often live in isolated communities and, even in the best of times, have limited access to services.

More information about UMCOR’s relief efforts in Haiti can be found in the weekly update.

Gifts to support UMCOR’s work can be made online by visiting One hundred percent of gifts made to this advance will help the people of Haiti. Online Giving


Less than a week after a massive earthquake rocked Chile and amid continual after-shocks since, a local ecumenical relief team made a first foray to the hardest hit areas to assess damages and channel aid received from UMCOR and other agencies.

Juan Salazar, president of Methodist Social Ministries and a member of the Inter-ecclesiastic Emergency Committee, participated in the delegation that visited Talca, Concepción, Curicó and other parts of the Maule Region on Thursday.

He described the scene in the city of Talca, 186 miles south of Santiago, as “absolutely sad… everything desolate, most of the homes and commercial centers destroyed.”

Talca is the capital of Maule Region, which has suffered most of the as yet uncertain total number of deaths from the quake and remains under a state of emergency.

Salazar said in an email, “Seeing the anguish in people’s faces and witnessing their fear of the after-shocks was exhausting.” Nevertheless, he added, “what is most important is to be here with them.”

You can be there, be hope for the people in Chile. Financial support can be made to Chile Emergency Advance #3021178 Online Giving


Join United Methodists everywhere by participating in this special offering that supports UMCOR’s vital work. Your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing lay the foundation for UMCOR to seek justice and mercy for suffering people everywhere.

“Gifts to UMCOR supporting Haiti relief efforts are expected to exceed $25 million. One hundred percent of donations to UMCOR’s Haiti Emergency Advance benefits God’s most vulnerable children in Haiti,” said General Board of Global Ministries President Bishop Joel Martinez in a letter to United Methodist Church bishops. “The same is true of gifts for the Chile Earthquake response.”

“As you know,” Bishop Martinez stressed, “UMCOR is able to make this promise because administrative expenses are covered through One Great Hour of Sharing.”

One Great Hour of Sharing is this Sunday, March 14.

Order your free offering envelopes or posters by calling 888-346-3862. Check the UMCOR website for worship materials and a video presentation in support of this important offering. Gifts to this fund can be made all year long. Please give now.

“Thanks be to God for the people of the United Methodist Church who continue to answer the call to be the hands, the heart and the hope of the church wherever people are suffering,” Bishop Martinez underscored.


On March 21, Justice for our Neighbors (JFON), UMCOR’s immigration program, will gather together with the tens of thousands of people of all faiths expected to march in Washington, D.C., in support of fair, humane immigration reform. The march is part of the Ecumenical Advocacy Days, which will be held in Washington, DC, from March 19 – 22, and will focus on immigrants, refugees, and displaced peoples.

Under the banner, “March for America: Change Takes Courage and Faith,” the demonstration will be held that Sunday afternoon, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the National Mall.

For more information about JFON’s immigration ministry, visit the JFON website, and to support this important work, click here for Advance #901285.

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.

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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