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In service to our communities

Churches use UMCOR Sheltering in Love grants to supply food to immigrant communities across the United States.

Coming together for health in Zimbabwe

The UMC Health Board in Zimbabwe makes the most of its resources by collaborating with other faith-based organizations. Zimbabwe’s UMC Health Coordinator, Hannah Mafunda, chooses to walk with Catholic sisters, Protestant colleagues and traditional healers to loosen the grip of killer diseases like c ...

Partners in health and healing: conferences come together for DRC hospital upgrades

Through their relationship in mission, the North Texas, West Ohio and North Katanga annual conferences celebrate vital upgrades to Lupandilo Hospital in Kamina.

A family for Lupe

With the help of Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON), a partner of UMCOR, a 16-year-old girl from El Salvador is resettled with her half-sister in Long Island, finally free from dangers of life on the streets and free to begin healing from a childhood of trauma.

Podcast: Get Your Spirit in Shape

Megan Klingler, the Primary Health Care Specialist of the Global Health Unit of Global Ministries, discusses information about the coronavirus and how to keep each other safe.

COVID-19 fund helps fill the gaps

As grant requests continue to pour in from the U.S. and around the world, UMCOR has awarded $966,069 in grants in four weeks. Global Ministries has supplemented those funds, bringing the total amount of COVID-19 assistance to $1.3 million.

Reaching and resourcing the whole community

In response to the current pandemic, UMCOR has launched virtual self-care trainings for U.S. disaster case managers.

A little hope saves lives

UMCOR partners with the National Council of Churches in India through its CASA program to bring much needed relief to farmers in Beed District, who face a decades-long drought and rising rates of suicide.

Dear UMCOR: Letter from partner in Haiti

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, an UMCOR-supported organization in Haiti writes to share how they have been able to pivot from sewing sanitary pads to sewing reusable, washable masks to distribute within their community.

Solidarity, training and relief in coronavirus response

Global Ministries’ coronavirus response is reaching those in need internationally and in the U.S. In addition to grants from the Sheltering in Love UMCOR COVID-19 Response Fund, 32 solidarity grants have been dispersed from UMCOR, Global Health and other program units, totaling about $346,000.

Relief and fresh water for the Bahamas

UMCOR assisted several Methodist-related partners in the relief phase of the Dorian Hurricane response in the Bahamas. This year, UMCOR continues to support those partners working on shelter and case management, and a new partner moves forward to help the islands provide fresh water for 70,000 peopl ...

Resource: UMCOR “Connecting Neighbors” disaster readiness curriculum

Access a 3-module curriculum designed to equip congregations and communities to minimize disaster-caused harm to people and property.

New opportunities in UMCOR response

Mellie Thomas, Disaster Recovery Project Manager of the Mississippi Annual Conference, talks about changes in disaster response due to the coronavirus.

Peace in the midst of pandemic

Vicki McCuistion reflects on the work of UMCOR in the Rio Texas Conference and how her training as a disaster recovery asset manager prepared her to navigate a different kind of disaster: the coronavirus.

Global Ministries and UMCOR lift hold on payments of approved grants

The temporary hold placed on approved grants in March has been lifted, allowing more than $29 million to be released over the remaining months of the year.

UMCOR reaches Syrian refugees in scattered communities

UMCOR’s work with Syrian and other refugees who have fled to Lebanon and Jordan engages with four partners to provide counseling, rent assistance, clearing of landmines, medical assistance and other necessities.

UMCOR expands efforts against the coronavirus; launches giving campaign and COVID-19 Response Fund

Through the COVID-19 Response Fund, UMCOR plans to release grants to equip partners who assist vulnerable populations in the U.S. and around the world impacted by COVID-19.

Honor 50th anniversary of Earth Day by joining Creation Care Network

Connect with leaders in creation care to share ideas, resources and support for environmental ministries.

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