News & Features
Browse UMCOR’s breaking news, releases and announcements, and recent stories from the field.
Storms Leave a Trail of Death and Damages
UMCOR is in contact with bishops and disaster response personnel in annual conferences affected by last night’s storms to assess damages and next steps to assist communities in need.
South Carolina UMVIM ERT Disaster Response to North Carolina
South Carolina Annual Conference’s UMVIM Disaster Response Team responded to the call to aid their North Carolina neighbors after devastating tornadoes there.
Severe Weather Continues to Haunt South
As severe weather continued to wrack the South, UMCOR worked with United Methodist annual conferences to assess damages and respond to survivors. Violent weather is expected to continue in the coming days.
Reaching Out to Vulnerable Communities after the Storm
UMCOR Disaster Response consultant Barbara Tripp describes the aftermath of tornadoes in her home state, North Carolina, and efforts to help the most vulnerable.
After Tornadoes, a Light of Hope
After some 200 tornadoes tore through the US South at the end of last week, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with annual conferences to assess damages, convene volunteers, and extend the light of Easter hope across a ravaged landscape.
World Malaria Day
UMCOR Health executive Nyamah Dunbar speaks about the upcoming 100,000 net distribution in Mozambique, which is a collaborative effort to launch the National Malaria Nets Campaign. Read more in the UMCOR Notebook.
Standing With the People of Japan
As the full impact of last month’s devastating disaster in Japan unfolds, UMCOR is standing with the Japanese people to help them bring hope, healing, and comfort to those in need.
Setting a Vision
During its spring board of directors meeting, UMCOR approved significant funding for disaster relief in Japan and Haiti and advanced its strategic planning process.
In Cote d’Ivoire, Prayers for a Quick Resolution
As the conflict in Cote d’Ivoire appeared to reach its climax today, United Methodist sources there and in the US called for prayer for a quick resolution and the restoration of peace.
Partners in Providing Shelter
More than 3,200 families in Haiti will soon have transitional, upgradeable, or permanent housing, thanks to collaborations between UMCOR and three different humanitarian organizations.
Shepherd or Sheep?
At the recent African-American Women and HIV/AIDS conference held in Columbia, South Carolina March 3-5, guest speaker Dr. Bambi Gaddist, executive director of the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council, engaged participants with a question: “Are you the shepherd or the sheep?”
Letter from UMCOR Director, The Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey about Japan
Read an update from UMCOR top executive, Cynthia Fierro Harvey, about the United Methodist Response to the crisis in Japan.
UMCOR Responds to Japan Emergency
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has partnered with the United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ) and first-responder GlobalMedic to bring immediate relief to communities in Japan affected by last week’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami.
UMCOR Assesses Response to Pacific Emergency
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is connecting with partners to assess damages and needs resulting from the powerful 8.9-magnitude earthquake and 33-foot-high tsunami that rocked Japan today.
A Clarion Call to Fight HIV/AIDS
The first ever African-American Women and HIV/AIDS conference sponsored by the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund opened Thursday night March 3 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Columbia, South Carolina.