UMCOR

United Methodist Committee on Relief

Disaster Response

UMCOR Philippines volunteers distribute food packages to communities affected by  Typhoon Saola, also known locally as Gener, in 2012.

UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. Through UMCOR, United Methodists extend loving care to people within the United States, as well as internationally: in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. These beneficiaries are seen as partners, not victims, and UMCOR works to empower them. Wherever possible, UMCOR cooperates with other aid organizations to extend its reach.

In its holistic response to disasters, UMCOR:

  • Offers disaster preparedness training.
  • Provides essential supplies and care—both physical and psychological—in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.
  • Supports long-term rebuilding efforts and assists communities as they adapt.

Disaster Response News

Boots on the Ground: Haiti and UM Volunteers in Mission
A look at how the UMVIM program has been indispensable in helping to rebuild Haiti over the last 5 years since the 2010 earthquake.
Ten Years Later, Pointing to a Good Tsunami Recovery
After a generous outpouring, United Methodists invested millions to work with communities displaced by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Sri Lanka: A Decade of UMCOR Service
Ten years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, UMCOR closes its Sri Lanka operations, but its approach to economic and social development lives o ...
Health and School Kits Critically Low
Please help replenish UMCOR’s shelves.
‘Anonymous Holy Families’ of Syria
Half of Syria’s population has fled their homes over the course of three years of violent upheaval.
UMCOR Help Just in the Nick of Time
In the Rocky Mountain Conference, long-term recovery continues, following fierce flooding in Colorado in September 2013.
Legacy of ‘Sacrificial Love’ Continues
UMCOR breaks ground on new dorm named for Global Ministries executives who died in Haiti earthquake.
Re-Visioning Disaster Response
Conference disaster response and UMVIM coordinators meet for annual Disaster Academy at UMCOR Sager Brown.
Liberia Partners in Mission Together
Participants from 14 annual conferences, including Global Ministries staff, gather at the Liberia Partners Summit to partner, intercede and ...
Help for Recovery after South Asia Floods
UMCOR and partners meet food and hygiene needs after South Asia’s worst monsoon caused devastating floods and landslides.
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