United Methodist Committee on Relief

The UMCOR Hotline:


Two years after the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan, UMCOR is still working to support recovery.

UMCOR worked with partner Church World Service to provide immediate emergency relief for families in northern Japan who had to move into temporary accommodations following the disaster. UMCOR also provided for urgent repair and, later, longer-term rebuilding of the Asian Rural Institute, with whom The United Methodist Church has a long association.

As time has gone on, UMCOR’s help has turned to more forward-looking assistance, including:
  • Support for small businesses to encourage fuller economic recovery and fuller development,
  • A long-term convalescent program for radiation-affected children,
  • Support projects for non-Japanese disaster survivors, and
  • Assistance and network-building for immigrant women.

One clear emphasis in UMCOR’s commitment has been a substantial focus on communities whose particular problems and needs might otherwise remain hidden or unaddressed. Read more.

A gift to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450, will support communities like those in Japan who are building long-term recovery after disasters.


On this upcoming day of celebration and concern, praise God for women leaders who bring about change in our world through creativity and passion. Pray, also, for women around the world who continue to struggle under oppression.


UMCOR is seeking a monitoring and evaluation executive to focus on UMCOR’s international programs in health, water, sanitation and hygiene, livelihoods, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, food security, emergency response, and social and community development. Interested? Read more and apply online.


UMCOR staff members share why the One Great Hour of Sharing offering is important in the US, Haiti, Nicaragua, and around the world in this new video. One Great Hour of Sharing is this Sunday, March 10.


Even though One Great Hour of Sharing is this Sunday, March 10, it’s not too late to get resources to help celebrate this important offering. Online resources such as bulletin inserts and sermon starters are available online at If this Sunday is not a good time in your church calendar for One Great Hour of sharing, you can celebrate the offering at any time during the year or give online.

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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Millions of sunflowers are now being grown to help with recovery from Japan’s triple disaster of March 2011.
Millions of sunflowers are now being grown to help with recovery from Japan’s triple disaster of March 2011.
Shalom, Fukushima City

 International Women’s Day is this Friday, March 8.
International Women’s Day is this Friday, March 8.
June Kim

One Great Hour of Sharing is this Sunday, March 10. View a new UMCOR video.

It’s not too late to order your One Great Hour of Sharing resources!.

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