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  • May 03, 2011

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*US: UMCOR Committed to Storm-ravaged South

*ARMENIA: Life-giving Collaboration


*JFON: Client Success Story


The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) underscored its “absolute commitment” to communities that have been impacted by this year’s historic spring storm season, even though the organization’s US Disaster Response funds are extraordinarily tight.

UMCOR head, the Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey, appealed to United Methodists and other people of goodwill, who are the source of these funds, to help replenish them and ensure UMCOR’s ability to continue to respond to the spring storms emergency. Read more. Download a church bulletin insert and Remember the Floods, a liturgical resource.

One hundred percent of your gift to 2011 Spring Storms, UMCOR Emergency Advance #3021326, brings hope to survivors of these devastating storms. Online Giving 


This month, the United Methodist Women’s Division is joining UMCOR in lighting a beacon of hope for the seemingly invisible victims of human trafficking in Armenia.

Through a grant, United Methodist Women is helping UMCOR launch its Not Without Hope campaign in support of the shelter in Armenia that offers women, children, and men survivors of trafficking an array of services to help them flee a life of sexual servitude and forced labor, and reintegrate into society.

You can help. Download an anti-human-trafficking postcard and view the UMCOR-United Methodist Women webcast on human trafficking. Support the Not Without Hope campaign with your gift to Anti-Human Trafficking, UMCOR Advance #333615. Online Giving


UMCOR’s Relief Supplies ministry has launched a new bimonthly newsletter covering not only the activities of the Sager Brown and UMCOR West depots but of all of the seven relief-supply depots in the UMCOR Relief-Supply Network. Read the first edition of Network News .

During the first quarter of 2011, according to the April edition of the newsletter, more than 50,000 health kits; 19,000 school kits; 504 cleaning buckets; 17,000 birthing kits; and hundreds of layette, sewing, and bedding kits were shipped within and far beyond the network in response to needs. The people of Zimbabwe were a major recipient of birthing kits—15,000 of them. Kits also went to Afghanistan, Guatemala, Cameroon, Haiti, Mexico, and Israel. To learn more about assembling and shipping kits, click here.

You can also contribute toward the purchase of relief supplies. One hundred percent of your gift to Material Resources Ministry, UMCOR Advance #901440, will be used for this purpose. Online Giving


Bibi Ramnauth (not her real name) struggled to support herself and her two young children in their native Guyana. Finally, she made the heart-wrenching decision to leave the children in the care of relatives and look for work in the United States. She quickly found a job and sent money home.

When Bibi fell in love and married Victor (not his real name), he filed immigration applications for Bibi and the children. But because Bibi lacked proof of inspection and admission to the US, she was deemed ineligible for permanent residency and the children were denied visas.

With help from UMCOR’s Justice for Our Neighbors program, the couple ultimately was able to gain visas for Bibi’s children. Bibi’s own case, however, remains unresolved without the reform of existing immigration laws.

Your support for Justice for Our Neighbors, UMCOR Advance #901285, helps immigrants navigate the maze of rules and laws that govern their lives in the United States. 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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