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United Methodist Committee on Relief

January 28,2016 | UMCOR Hotline

The UMCOR Hotline for January 28, 2016

In this week’s issue of the UMCOR Hotline, learn how UMCOR is responding to floods in India; download an UMCOR Sager Brown volunteer application packet; and learn about a recent update concerning charitable IRA giving.

> NEWS: INDIA FLOOD RELIEF
> RESOURCE: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
> PLANNED GIVING: IRA UPDATE

NEWS: INDIA FLOOD RELIEF
Villagers in Thrukandalam, Thiruvallur, gather to receive the first round of clean, drinkable water from the newly installed AP700 point-of-source water purification unit, thanks to support from UMCOR and GlobalMedic.
Since early November, Tamil Nadu in southern India, has experienced record rainfall and the worst flooding the state has seen in more than a century. In its wake the flooding has brought devastation, loss of life, including animal livestock, and the displacement of more than 200,000 people. So far, about 347 people have died.

The capital city of Chennai has been especially affected by the incessant rains, which have inundated the city and affected more than 68 million people.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is supporting several international partners— Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA), GlobalMedic, and Myrtle Social Welfare Network--to meet the material and physical needs of flood-affected populations.

CASA will ensure that 1,450 families have access to essential household items, hygiene kits and temporary shelter supplies; GlobalMedic will provide 1,694 PureDak household water purification units; and Myrtle Social Welfare Network will provide dry food rations, materials for temporary shelters, and health and hygiene kits for 1,365 individuals.

Learn more about UMCOR’s response here.

Support this work with your gifts to International Disaster Response, Advance #982450 and help communities like Tamil Nadu recover from disaster.

RESOURCE: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Download “Know Before You Go” before your church group volunteers at one of UMCOR’s depots.
Each year, faith-filled United Methodists and friends volunteer in assembling relief-supply kits that bring hope and encouragement to vulnerable populations around the world.

In 2014, UMCOR Sager Brown and UMCOR West hosted 3,875 volunteers who worked 92,275 hours! If your church is considering a future volunteer experience at UMCOR Sager Brown or UMCOR West, be sure to download this newly-revised resource, “Know Before You Go.”

“Know Before You Go” offers your church a brief historical look at UMCOR Sager Brown; details dress code, costs, and sleeping facilities; provides medical and liability release forms, plus a team registration form. There is also a “Know Before You Go” packet specifically designed for UMCOR West volunteers.

Registration to volunteer with UMCOR Sager Brown in 2017 has already begun. Download this application packet now.

PLANNED GIVING: IRA UPDATE
Congress renewed and made permanent a popular charitable IRA provision in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015. This provision allows people aged 70½ or older to make direct charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRAs to charities in a total amount up to $100,000.

These gifts are free from federal income taxation. In addition, the income tax laws of most states also allow tax-free treatment for these gifts.

Making gifts from IRA funds that would otherwise lead to increased taxes can be a wise choice for many. This is especially true for those who must take required minimum distributions each year.

For more information, or for planned giving options when indicating UMCOR as a beneficiary, contact Andy Corkill, major gifts and planned giving officer, at acorkill@umcmission.org. See the latest Mission Matters, a planned giving newsletter here.

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit umcor.org. 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 1-800-554-85831-800-554-8583 FREE, 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 41444 to support our relief efforts around the world. 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.

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 with them.

 
Photo Caption

Image 1: Villagers in Thrukandalam, Thiruvallur, gather to receive the first round of clean, drinkable water from the newly installed AP700 point-of-source water purification unit, thanks to support from UMCOR and GlobalMedic. Photo: GlobalMedic

Image 2: Download “Know Before You Go” before your church group volunteers at one of UMCOR’s depots. Cover: UMCOR


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