The UMCOR Hotine
In Today's Hotline:
US: Hurricane Irene Response
AFGHANISTAN: UMCOR Response to Severe Floods
FAIR TRADE: UMCOR Coffee Project Referral Program
RELIEF SUPPLIES: One Man’s Scraps is Another Man’s Treasure
US: HURRICANE IRENE RESPONSE
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is in contact with annual conferences up and down the East Coast that were affected by Hurricane Irene.
UMCOR’s US Disaster Response staff checked in with disaster response coordinators from eight annual conferences, from North Carolina to New England. Initial assessments reveal a range of damages, with New England, particularly in Vermont, and Greater New Jersey reporting very heavy damages due to flooding.
In some conferences, such as Upper New York, Greater New Jersey, and Eastern Pennsylvania, rivers have not yet crested, and flooding is expected to continue over the next few days.
UMCOR already has responded to grant requests for emergency funding from five of the conferences. Read more.
UMCOR also is in contact with Puerto Rico and Bahamas Methodist Habitat (BMH), a disaster relief and emergency home-repair outreach of the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church. Both are assessing damages, and UMCOR is prepared to respond.
To learn how you can provide cleaning buckets for communities affected by the storm, click here. To support Hurricane Irene recovery, please give to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670 and earmark your check for Hurricanes 2011.
AFGHANISTAN: UMCOR RESPONSE TO SEVERE FLOODS
Heavy rains in mid-August caused severe flooding in the Khaki Jabar District of Kabul Province. Floodwaters burst the province’s major water-supply storage dam and wiped out vegetable crops and fruit trees.
UMCOR’s field office in Afghanistan is working to respond to this crisis. Currently UMCOR is distributing emergency food supplies to the people who lost their main source of food in the flood. UMCOR is also constructing a retaining wall around a health clinic that was left vulnerable to further damage because of the flooding.
Support UMCOR’s work in Afghanistan by giving to Afghanistan Emergency, UMCOR Advance #60225.
FAIR TRADE: UMCOR COFFEE PROJECT REFERRAL PROGRAM
Share for Hunger is a pilot referral program of the UMCOR Coffee Project in partnership with Equal Exchange.
When you refer a congregation to Equal Exchange’s Interfaith Store for fairly traded coffee, tea, cocoa, and other snacks, UMCOR will donate $10 in your honor to the World Hunger and Poverty Advance #982920. This Advance project strives to alleviate hunger and poverty in the US and around the world.
Here’s how Share for Hunger works: Current UMCOR Coffee Project customers share information about fair trade with another congregation of any faith or denomination and direct them to Equal Exchange. Ask those you refer to use the code “REF11” when making their order and to enter the name of the referring congregation in the “special instructions and notes” box prior to checkout.
Newly referred congregations will receive a 10% discount on their first order, and customers who refer 10 congregations or more will win prizes! Share for Hunger begins now and runs through the end of the year. Download a church bulletin insert to spread the word about this new program.
RELIEF SUPPLIES: ONE MAN’S SCRAPS IS ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE
Two businessmen of Hereford, Texas, happened to meet and share stories of their wives’ commitment to sewing for ministry outreach programs.
Herschel Black’s wife, Ruth, with others in a sewing group at First Baptist Church of Hereford, makes baby gowns, which are sent to an orphanage overseas. Terry Langehennig’s wife, Alice, with others of First United Methodist Church of Hereford, makes school bags, which UMCOR distributes around the world.
During the course of their conversation, the men realized that Hershel’s company, H & R Manufacturing, had something the United Methodists could use – scrap material! The Blacks had been saving the scraps from their manufacturing for years. Both the Blacks and the sewing group at FUMC are delighted to have found ways to meet a growing need.
To date, the FUMC Hereford sewing group has completed more than 300 school bags with the donated materials. Learn how you can assemble and send school kits.
Give to Material Resource Ministry, UMCOR Advance #901440 to help purchase supplies for all kinds of UMCOR kits.
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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