UMCOR – Mission Focus for April 2021
United Methodist Committee on Relief
April’s Mission Emphasis is UMCOR Domestic Needs
UMCOR is usually one of the first agencies “in” when disaster strikes, right along with FEMA and the American Red Cross. They work through and with local churches and volunteers to provide immediate and long term disaster relief.
100% OF YOUR DONATION GOES DIRECTLY TO THESE DISASTER RESPONSES. Administrative costs are taken care of through other fund raising efforts.
The goal in emergency response is to “provide relief and rehabilitation for the entire person-physical, social, and psychological In a distress situation”. The agency provides both immediate and long term relief efforts after disaster by stockpiling aid items and keeping a unit of trained “disaster response specialists” ready for immediate dispatch.
In the past we have collected items for relief kits. For example: personal health kits, sewing kits, school kits and flood buckets. Instead of paying to send these supplies this year we are fund raising so the UMCOR can direct the funds to the most needed areas.
Domestically UMCOR has responded the these U.S. emergencies in the last year:
1. Winter Storms in Texas
2. Hurricanes Sally and Zeta in September on the Gulf Coast
3. Hurricane Laura in August in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi
4. Wildfires in the West, in the Pacific Northwest and California
5. Midwest U.S. Derecho (a high wind event) in August in the Iowa area
6. Hurricane Isalas I the Caribbean (specifically Puerto Rico who was still recovering from Hurricanes Maria and Irma
7. Hurricane Hanna in July on the Texas coast
8. Flooding in Michigan after heavy rains and dam failures in late May
9. Southeastern U.S. storms and tornadoes in many southern states in the spring (including Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia
We urge you to consider giving generously to UMCOR this month. Please mark your donation specifically for UMCOR. Remember, 100% of your donation goes to domestic emergency relief!!
Thank You for supporting the Missions Ministry of SUMC