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  • September 06, 2011

The UMCOR Hotine

In Today's Hotline:

*US: Hurricane Irene Response

*UMCOR: Remembering 9/11

*KENYA: Surviving the Drought and Preparing for the Next One

*10-Fold Live Event: Clean Water


Irene, which began as a hurricane as it swept up the East Coast of the United States, brought unexpected calamity to inland areas, especially in New York and Vermont, and heavy flooding in New Jersey.

In places that were already experiencing the wettest August on record, Irene’s rains created raging rivers out of timid brooks, re-sculpting the land, pushing homes off their foundations, and ruining roads, bridges, and farm crops.

To date, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has provided $50,000 in initial emergency grants to five annual conferences affected by Irene: Greater New Jersey, New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, Peninsula-Delaware, and North Carolina. Read more.

Hundreds of cleaning buckets already have been shipped from depots in the UMCOR Relief-Supply Network, but more are needed. Click here to learn how you can help provide these to persons in need, or send a donation to cover the cost of relief supplies by clicking here.

Your gifts to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670, earmarked “Hurricanes 2011,” helps those who are recovering from this hurricane and tropical storm, while preparing to meet needs that may yet arise from other 2011 storms—hurricane season officially ends November 1. Online Giving


This Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. UMCOR’s response to those events was threefold: local (Washington, New York, Pennsylvania), national (promoting interfaith dialogue), and international (opening a field office in Afghanistan).

All three aspects were encompassed by UMCOR’s Love in the Midst of Tragedy program, which was supported by generous donations from United Methodists and others of good will. Contributions to this multifaceted response reached $20.8 million, unprecedented at that time.

Although Love in the Midst of Tragedy officially closed in 2007, UMCOR’s response to 9/11 is ongoing in the programs it continues in Afghanistan, and in the continual development of disaster case management as a response to subsequent disasters, including hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Read more about Love in the Midst of Tragedy on UMCOR’s website today and later this week. Participate in a free webinar today on disaster case management. The webinar is offered by Church World Service, UMCOR, and Lutheran Disaster Response.

Your gift to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670, helps UMCOR respond to natural and human-caused disasters in the United States. Online Giving


As you drive east from Nairobi, the Kenyan countryside becomes progressively drier. Long grass becomes yellow and eventually disappears. Bare, reddish soil is all you can see in the barren fields.

This is the East African drought, a vast disaster stretching across Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, and beyond. Two years with scarcely any rain have withered fields and pastures, putting more than 12 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

The next rains should come in October, with another six months until crops can be harvested. These seasonal rains cannot come too early for the millions of people in this region who depend on rainwater for subsistence. Read More.

UMCOR is partnering with Church World Service, ACT Alliance, and GlobalMedic to bring relief to those who have been affected by severe drought in the Horn of Africa. Your gift to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450, will help. Online Giving


On September 10, as on the tenth of every month, you are invited to join an inspiring online conversation about a featured 10-Fold project. This month, that project is Clean Water and Sanitation.

Landon Taylor, a consultant with UMCOR, will talk with Rob Bell, the executive director of El Porvenir in Nicaragua, about how best to bring about health and hygiene around the world. A video highlighting UMCOR’s work with El Porvenir will repeat throughout the day.

Go to any time of the day on Saturday, September 10, to participate in the webcast and share your story on health and wellness in any United Methodist mission partnership.

Give to El Porvenir, UMCOR Advance #525000, to support this important work in Nicaragua. 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 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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