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  • May 31, 2011

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*US: Continuing Support for Storm-struck Conferences

*GLOBAL: World Refugee Day is June 20

*HAITI: New Personnel at UMCOR Haiti

*DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: God’s Light Shines Through


In less than eight weeks, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has disbursed about a quarter-of-a-million dollars in emergency grants to 15 United Methodist annual conferences across the United States.

In that same period, more than 9,300 cleaning buckets have been shipped to devastated areas from depots of the UMCOR Relief-Supply Network.

Rev. Tom Hazelwood, UMCOR’s US Disaster Response executive, reiterated that UMCOR remains firm in its “absolute commitment to walk alongside these annual conferences, these local churches, and communities” that have been affected by this spring’s severe weather.

“We absolutely will be there with them,” he said, even as he noted that funding for US Disaster Response, specifically the 2011 Spring Storms Emergency Advance, remains very low. Read more about UMCOR’s response.

Please give generously to provide for so many who are experiencing overwhelming need this year. Your gifts to US 2011 Spring Storms, UMCOR Advance #3021326 will help storm survivors recover. Online Giving


World Refugee Day is June 20. In preparation for this day that is set aside each year to learn about and acknowledge the plight of refugees around the world, UMCOR will host a webcast on June 14.

The webcast will include UMCOR and Church World Service refugee office staff members as well as people who are involved in refugee sponsorship. Visit at noon (ET) on June 14 to learn firsthand about UMCOR’s Refugee Ministry and how you can be involved.

A church bulletin insert and other materials are available for you to download and use to promote World Refugee Day.

Support UMCOR’s Refugee Ministry by giving to Refugee Response, UMCOR Advance #982540. Online Giving


UMCOR’s field office in Haiti will welcome three new staff members this summer.

Elizabeth Petheo will be the new head of mission at UMCOR Haiti. She comes to UMCOR from the World Bank and has more than eight years of experience working in international development.

Saory Pon will be the new Finance Director. Pon has more than 13 years of financial management experience with different nongovernmental organizations, with thorough knowledge of financial regulations and reporting requirements of different donors.

UMCOR Haiti will also welcome its first Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Coordinator. Corrie Kramer has a background in environmental and civil engineering. She most recently served as Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia, where she worked as a regional water sanitation engineer.

UMCOR is happy to have these talented people as part of our response to ongoing needs in Haiti. Learn more about UMCOR’s work in Haiti and help support UMCOR’s long-term work there by giving to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325. Online Giving


UMCOR staff member, Judith Santiago, experienced God’s light shining through the lives of cocoa farmers and a local church on a recent trip to the Dominican Republic.

She visited the CONACADO cacao cooperative, an association of small-farm producers who grow a potion of the cacao beans that make the Equal Exchange chocolate line. Equal Exchange is an UMCOR partner in the promotion of fair trade.

Read more about Santiago’s experience on the UMCOR blog.

You can support UMCOR’s Sustainable Agriculture and Development (SA&D) program, farmers like the ones Santiago recently met, and enjoy a great cup of coffee or chocolate treats all at the same time by participating in the UMCOR Coffee Project.

You can also support UMCOR’s SA&D program directly by giving to UMCOR Advance #982188. 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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