United Methodist Committee on Relief

The UMCOR Hotline:


Conferences heavily affected by Superstorm Sandy last October are ready to receive long-term recovery volunteer teams. All UMVIM teams are required to have a trained UMVIM team leader when they sign up to volunteer. To register your team, use the contact information listed below. In some cases you will need to sign up under the ERT (Early Response Team) registration.

If you do not receive an email response after you register, contact the site again.

  • New York Conference: five sites open, register online
  • Greater New Jersey Conference: nine sites open, register online
  • Peninsula-Delaware Conference: Schedule teams through the Disaster Response Coordinator, Rich Walton. They are working on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Crisfield, Maryland.
  • West Virginia Conference: Contact Jenny Gannaway

For more information contact your jurisdictional UMVIM coordinator.

You can also support continuing recovery work to help Sandy survivors by giving to Hurricanes 2012, UMCOR Advance #3021787.

Please remember that your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing on March 10 underwrite all of UMCOR’s work and guarantee a pool of resources that enable UMCOR to respond to emergencies in the United States and around the world. Thank you in advance for your generosity.


Pray for United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) programs that are bringing hope to communities in need by increasing food security, combating malaria, promoting education, and improving hygiene. Read more.


UMCOR’s update on our three years of earthquake recovery work is available online and in print and video formats for you to read, view, and share.


For Palm Sunday this year, use palm fronds that are purchased at a fair price and harvested in a way that protects the environment. Palm harvesters are often underpaid for their work and struggle to feed their families. As a result many work to harvest as much palm as possible without respect to the environment.

The palm fronds offered through Eco-Palms are a result of a partnership between the University of Minnesota Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management and the Rainforest Alliance TREES program. They work with Smartwood to certify that palms harvested from the forests of Mexico and Guatemala for sale to congregations in the United States and Europe are harvested responsibly and provide a decent wage for the harvesters.

Prepare for Palm Sunday now. Visit or watch this video to learn more. Credit card orders must be made by March 1 and check orders by March 8. Palms will be delivered March 18-22.

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit You can donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist church; by sending a check to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068; or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You can also give online by clicking any of the "DONATE" links or make a $10 donation anytime by texting “UMCOR” to 80888. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.

And, please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.

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United Methodist Committee on Relief
General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church
Room 1520, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115
Voice Phone: 1-212-870-3816; FAX: 1-212-870-3624

Mission Statement:
Compelled by Christ to be a voice of conscience on behalf of the people called Methodist, UMCOR works globally to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing.

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Order your Eco-Palms in time for Palm Sunday.

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