The UMCOR Hotine
In Today's Hotline:
HORN OF AFRICA: UMCOR to Provide Famine Relief
WEBCAST: UMCOR’s Response to Spring Storms and Floods
HAITI: Giving Students a Safe Place to Study
US: Refugee Ministry Grants
HORN OF AFRICA: UMCOR TO PROVIDE FAMINE RELIEF
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is holding conversations with partner organizations working in the Horn of Africa and planning a regional response to the growing hunger crisis provoked by severe drought in the region.
Years of drought in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Djibouti have escalated in recent weeks, causing widespread hunger and, in two regions of southern Somalia, famine.
“UMCOR is working with our partners to act as quickly and as comprehensively as possible,” reported Melissa Crutchfield, UMCOR executive for International Disaster Response. “While we do, we ask for your continued prayers and support for those affected by this crisis.”
Your help is urgently needed. Please give to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450, and earmark your gift for Horn of Africa Crisis.
WEBCAST: UMCOR’S RESPONSE TO SPRING STORMS AND FLOODS
Join members of UMCOR’s US Disaster Response team live from UMCOR’s office in Washington, DC, on July 27 from 12 to1 PM EDT to learn how UMCOR is responding to this spring’s historic storms and flooding across the US. Listen to first-hand accounts of hope and action in the midst of an escalating crisis.
Tom Hazelwood, assistant general secretary, Disaster Response for the US, Caribbean and Latin America; US Disaster Response; Sandra Kennedy-Owes, executive secretary, US Disaster Response; and Barbara Tripp, UMCOR disaster response consultant will be joining the webcast.
Go to https://gbgm-umc.org/live/ to join the event.
You can support UMCOR’s response to US storms by giving to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670.
HAITI: GIVING STUDENTS A SAFE PLACE TO STUDY
UMCOR is working with St. Martin School and Church to reconstruct the permanent facilities that were completely destroyed in the January 2010 earthquake. During the summer break, UMCOR and the Methodist Church of Haiti (EMH) are working together to remove the damaged buildings and construct the ground floor of the new school.
This first phase of construction will allow students to start the 2011-2012 school year in a permanent structure. The full structures, along with toilet facilities, will be completed by December 2011. This school will serve at least 193 students, nine teachers, and five staff members.
Your support of Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325 helps Haiti rebuild.
US: REFUGEE MINISTRY GRANTS
UMCOR's Refugee Ministry office makes several grants available each year, through the Refugee Ministry Grants program. Projects that serve refugees, immigrants, detainees, and asylum seekers, and have as a significant partner a UMC congregation or conference are eligible to apply.
Grants up to $5,000 may be made to eligible projects or organizations, with special consideration given to requests less than $5,000. The purpose of these grants is to build capacity, provide direct assistance, and encourage and honor the commitment of organizations and congregations that welcome the sojourner, the newcomer, and the stranger.
If you would like an application, or know of an organization that might be interested in applying for an UMCOR Refugee Ministry Grant, please contact us at UMCORRefugee@gbgm-umc.org or call 212-870-3888. The deadline for proposals is August 15, 2011.
Gifts to New Hope for Newcomers, UMCOR Advance # 901779 support the Refugee Ministry Grants program.
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 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.
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