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  • July 27, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*HAITI: GBCS Sends Health Kits

*US: Haitian TPS Extended

*ZIMBABWE: School Kits to Reach Children

*ARMENIA: Schoolchildren Receive Nutrition Aid

*EVENT: School of Congregational Development


For two months following the earthquake in Haiti, the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), housed in The United Methodist Building in Washington, DC, organized a health kit drive among GBCS employees and tenants of the building. Walk-in donations were also encouraged.

As a result, 265 health kits were assembled and $465 donated to help the people of Haiti in their hour of need. Extra supplies of soap and face cloths were also collected and sent last week, along with the kits, to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) depot, Sager Brown, for shipment to Haiti.

“It was a blessing and a joy to be part of a community effort with our neighbors and friends in The United Methodist Building to provide relief to our brothers and sisters in Haiti,” wrote GBCS Chief Financial Officer Wesley Paulson.

To learn more about UMCOR’s relief supplies ministry, click here. To support the people of Haiti as they rebuild their country and their lives, give to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325. One hundred percent of your gift helps the people of Haiti. Online Giving


US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has extended until January 18, 2011, the period that eligible Haitian nationals living in the United States will have to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

The US government made this special status available following the January 12 earthquake in Haiti as a relief measure to protect both the fragile situation in Haiti and Haitians residing in the US. More than 44,000 people have so far applied for the status, according to USCIS.

That number “is well below expectation,” said UMCOR’s Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) Director Panravee Vongjaroenrat, pointing out that many Haitians are fearful that the TPS program will not protect them from deportation.

JFON offers special clinics to help those Haitian immigrants who may be eligible for this special status navigate the requirements. For more information, visit JFON’s website. Please support this valuable ministry with your gift to Justice for Our Neighbors, UMCOR Advance #901285. Online Giving


School kits will reach Zimbabwean children, who are anxious to learn, thanks to an UMCOR grant that will facilitate the distribution by the United Methodist Church of Zimbabwe.

Some 400 school kits, consisting of writing pads, pencils, sharpener, ruler, and other supplies, were distributed in rural Mutumbami, in eastern Zimbabwe, last July to the cheers of the children who received them.

Zimbabwe continues to experience scarcity, and poverty is widespread. Your gift to Zimbabwe Emergency, UMCOR Advance #199456 supports projects like this one. Online Giving


A 1988 earthquake that struck the town of Spitak and nearby villages in the already impoverished Lori district of Armenia, left lasting damage and hardship for the people there. With limited resources, parents are hard-pressed but determined to support their children’s education.

UMCOR is the only organization that, with a US government grant, is currently supporting the 192 children enrolled in Spitak #1 Special School, where most of the children experience communication disorders.

UMCOR offers in-kind nutrition assistance that helps the school provide meals to the children that meet daily caloric intake targets. Your gift to Armenia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #250225 supports this and other programs that support the most vulnerable populations in Armenia. Online Giving


Noted evangelist, Dr. Tony Campolo is speaking at an event to benefit UMCOR's relief work in Haiti and TN. The School of Congregational Development is sponsoring the benefit at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel West Ballroom on Sunday, August 1 from 7:00-9:00 CT. Hosted by the TN Annual Conference, McKendree UMC and Brentwood UMC, the benefit is open to the public and will be webcast online:

The Gordon Memorial UMC Choir will share their music and Sheltered Reality, a percussion team will present a pre-concert at 6:30 pm. There will be an opportunity to hear about UMCOR’s work and to offer a contribution.

To support UMCOR’s work in Haiti, please make a gift to UMCOR Advance #418325 ( Online Giving

To support UMCOR’s relief efforts in TN, please make a gift to US Disaster Response UMCOR Advance #901670 and indicate it is for TN flood relief. 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.

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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