News and Stories

Puerto Rico recovers from 2017 hurricanes, aided by UMCOR, UMVIM

The month of September marks two years since Hurricane Maria brought widespread destruction to Puerto Rico. The recovery has progressed steadily, thanks largely to the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico, and with the help of UMCOR training and funding and more than 200 Volunteer in Mission teams.

Hurricane Michael response expands in Alabama and Florida

Leveraging a gift from an anonymous United Methodist family foundation, UMCOR has expanded its continuing work with the Alabama-West Florida Conference as it continues to respond to Hurricane Michael.

UMCOR support scales up Arkansas River flood recovery

Although it didn’t receive much national attention, the spring floods of the Arkansas River wiped out property and devastated some communities. UMCOR and the Arkansas Conference Disaster Response Team have just rolled out a new phase to help with recovery.

UMCOR disaster response through the lens of Hurricane Dorian

Throughout Hurricane Dorian’s movements, UMCOR coordinated with Conference Disaster Response Coordinators from United Methodist conferences along the Southeastern U.S. coast, monitoring their needs and likely responses.

UMCOR starts efforts for Bahamas relief

As Hurricane Dorian continued to threaten the U.S. east coast, United Methodists were connecting with Methodists in the Bahamas to start relief efforts.

Shade and Fresh Water encourages youth in Brazil to make healthy choices

Shade and Fresh Water in Brazil receives Global Health grants to extend programming for older youth to help them resist substance abuse.

Abundant Health includes mental health in worldwide ministry and outreach

Abundant health for all means that vulnerable populations struggling with substance abuse, mental stress, and psychological disorders receive the help they need to live full and healthy lives.

Supporting mothers and babies for a healthy start

Breastfeeding is a good way for mothers to give their babies a healthy start in life. The Abundant Health Initiative honors World Breastfeeding Week with stories of mothers and babies who thrive with the help of simple and practical health interventions.

In Focus: Global Health

During the month of August, follow along as we share stories about the lifesaving work of global health.

First health center opens in rural Congo village

Osio is a village located more than 25 kilometers from Kisangani city. Each year for many years, the population of this village might travel thousands of kilometers to receive medical care.

We learned to love our neighbors

Better crops, more income to send children to school, better health – out of all the outcomes beneficiaries of the CHAD program in Cambodia receive, they rate learning to love their neighbors as number one.

The United Methodist Church response to Ebola in East Congo

Global Ministries responds to Ebola crisis in the East Congo, provides training and prevention methods during a time of great need.

United Methodists react to Ebola death in Goma

United Methodist leaders added their voices to the World Health Organization’s warning that with the spread of Ebola to Goma, the outbreak is a public health emergency of international concern.

Love and human dignity make an UMCOR WASH project in Mozambique

UMCOR helps a school in Mozambique receive new sanitation and water facilities, while its students gain life lessons in community organizing, project coordination and human dignity for all.

UMCOR supports the “Heal It” Project for Native American youth

An UMCOR partnership with Dream Warriors, a collective of Indigenous North American artists, reaches Native American youth with hope and compassion in the face of rising suicide rates across the country.

Where have all the salmon gone?

When the salmon run fails in the northern Pacific, Alaska’s Chignik Native Americans lose more than just a season of work. An UMCOR partnership provides hope and food security for five coastal communities.

A Call to Action for United Methodists in Response to the Plight of Migrants

The United Methodist Immigration Task Force calls upon Methodists across the connection to take action in support of migrants, immigrants and asylum seekers by praying, giving and writing our political representatives.

EarthKeepers community garden grows with support from UMCOR’s Food Security Program

In Burien, Washington, a food security grant from UMCOR helped Highline UMC fulfill their dream of a community garden.

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