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UMCOR Leaders Approve $8.2 Million in Grants Impacting Lives Through Global Health, U.S. Disaster Response, International Disaster Response, Migration and Sustainable Development Programs
Donations to Global Humanitarian Aid and Development Agency to Support Food Insecurity, Migration, Renewable Energy Efforts Around the World


ATLANTA (December 17, 2018) – Leaders of the United Methodist Committee on Relief are putting donations to the global humanitarian aid and development agency to work by approving 53 grants totaling $8.2 million. The grants support UMCOR’s Global Health, United States Disaster Response, International Disaster Response, Migration and Sustainable Development programs.

The UMCOR board of directors approved the following grant applications on Dec. 7, 2018.

In support of Global Health, organizations in 15 countries received a total of $1,266,515 in grants.

-  In support of United States Disaster Response, local partners in six of the United States assisting survivors of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Florence and Michael received $3,480,689 in funding.

-  UMCOR’s Sustainable Development programs received $3,468,565 in funding for initiatives focused on food security, promotion and support of energy efficiency and renewable energy coordinated by the agency’s Creation Care and its Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH) programs.

-  As part of the agency’s focus on Indigenous peoples, UMCOR’s largest grant for food insecurity was $797,302 awarded to the Bristol Bay Native Association, a tribal consortium serving the Native people of the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. This grant will support the Chignik Fishery Winter Food Security program responding to the failed 2018 salmon harvest that has been termed the worst since the 1960s.

-  As part of its ongoing attention to migration crises around the world, UMCOR approved $27,398 for the Methodist Church of Brazil. News about additional migration programs is available at UMCOR.org.

“UMCOR is committed to strengthening and transforming people and communities,” said Thomas Kemper, general secretary of United Methodist Global Ministries and co-executive director of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). ‘We work globally to alleviate human suffering as well as advance hope and healing, which is made possible through grants like these that touch the lives of people all around the world.”

For more information about UMCOR’s work on these and other issues visit www.UMCOR.org.

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About the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

Founded in 1940, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the global humanitarian aid and development agency of The United Methodist Church. UMCOR is working in more than 80 countries worldwide, including the United States and its territories. Our mission, grounded in the teachings of Jesus, is to alleviate human suffering — whether caused by war, conflict or natural disaster — with open hearts and minds to all people. UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters that are interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community's ability to recover on its own. UMCOR works through programs that address hunger, poverty, sustainable agriculture, international and domestic emergencies, refugee and immigrant concerns, global health issues and transitional development. Learn more at www.UMCOR.org, www.Facebook.com/UMCOR and www.twitter.com/UMC_UMCOR