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

Philippines: ‘Build Back Better’ Works
Post-Haiyan homes weather two storms.
75 Years—The 1940s
A look at UMCOR’s beginnings in the 1940s.
Churches Open Hearts in Detroit
Help break the silence of flood survivors in Detroit.
'Miracle Offering' Brings Hope to Sudan
Tips for your own miracle offering.
Haiti Earthquake: Recovery to Development
Five years after a devastating earthquake, United Methodists, together with their church and nongovernmental partners, work with Haitian com ...
A Mustard Seed Multiplied
From humble beginnings, UMCOR’s work has deepened and grown.
Video: Interview with Jim Gulley
Watch a powerful interview with Jim Gulley on Haiti's progress 5 years since the earthquake in January 2010.
Keeping Faith with Haiti
Using photographs from 2010-2014, United Methodist Communications photographer Mike DuBose presents a visual record of how an earthquake cha ...
Recovery to Preparedness in North Alabama
With support from UMCOR, the North Alabama Conference takes recovery a step further.
UMCOR Donates $50,000 for Food Assistance in Syria
UMCOR supported the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) through a grant to American Friends of UNRWA in July.
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