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UMCOR to Receive Funds from UMC GCFA’s
The Home Depot Pro Loyalty Rebate Program
Disaster Response Agency to Use Rebate Funds
Earned by Church-Related Purchases to Help Survivors in Impacted Areas
Atlanta, Ga. (March 23, 2018) – In recognition of the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s support for survivors impacted by disasters, the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) has designated the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) as a beneficiary of the annual rebate program with The Home Depot. UMCOR will now receive a portion of The Home Depot Pro Loyalty Rebate Program funds for 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Known for being "early in, last out," the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the global humanitarian aid organization of the United Methodist Church. In 2017, UMCOR supported its partners dealing with many of the 16 billion-dollar weather and climate disasters that impacted the United States. The agency and its network of volunteers responded to 44 disasters and helped survivors dealing with floods, wildfires and the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
One hundred percent of donations to UMCOR go to disaster response. Administrative expenses are covered by a special offering collected on UMCOR Sunday, which was observed on Sunday, March 11, 2018, in churches across the country.
Under the terms of the rebate program, groups planning a church-related purchase and church-related organizations receiving grants from UMCOR will register their method of payment with The Home Depot. Tracked purchases will be credited to the rebate program. At the end of the year, GCFA will award UMCOR a percentage of the total rebate program funds. Purchases made by and for a private individual are not eligible at this time.
"We appreciate GCFA’s and The Home Depot’s support of UMCOR, which is truly a connectional ministry," said Thomas Kemper, general secretary of UMC General Board of Global Ministries and the leader of UMCOR. "Not only do we work quickly to support our local partners responding to a crisis, but we give people from throughout the United Methodist Church and beyond a meaningful way to help those in need."
“GCFA is pleased to have an opportunity to support UMCOR, which is known the world over for its commitment to responding to disasters and helping survivors rebuild their lives,” said Moses Kumar, general secretary of GCFA and treasurer of the Church. “This relationship helps The Home Depot to support the ministries of UMCOR to reach out to and serve. This is a blessing to this ministry.”
“The Home Depot is committed to making it possible for our nonprofit and faith partners to maximize their resources by providing cost-effective solutions to their purchasing needs,” said Jeff Watson, Division Pro Director-Northern Division of The Home Depot. “We know that when it comes to responding to a disaster, many people shop at our stores for the supplies and materials they will use to assist with recovery efforts. We’re excited to be able to give organizations receiving grants from UMCOR a way to benefit again from their purchase with The Home Depot.”
“UMCOR uses a holistic approach to disaster response that recognizes the unique ability survivors have to be creative partners in recovery,” said Cathy Earl, UMCOR director for U.S. Disaster Response. "I can't tell you the number of hygiene kits, school kits, and cleaning buckets – many made with products purchased at The Home Depot -- that have been made with loving hands by United Methodists who have felt called to do all the good they can and take action to help others."
One of the unique strengths of UMCOR is its strong network of over 10,000 trained volunteers.
“UMCOR-trained early response teams (ERTs) are always at the ready and can be activated for the relief phase of the disaster recovery process, which includes removing debris, securing homes, and stabilizing structures damaged by disasters,” continued Earl. “Of course, recovery often includes a restored home. The rebate program will make it possible for us to reinvest those rebate monies right back into the conferences spending UMCOR grants to help survivors in their local areas.”
UMCOR’s partners will receive the same discount on goods and supplies The Home Depot provides to UMCOR for being a part of this program. For information about how to register your payment method so church-related expenses can assist the United Methodist Committee on Relief, please visit www.UMCOR.org/HomeDepotRebate.
About the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA)
The General Council on Finance and Administration coordinates and administers financial resources, safeguards the legal interests and rights of the Church, and provides administrative resources to enable the fulfillment of the mission of The United Methodist Church. Learn more at www.facebook.com/GCFAUMC, www.twitter.com/@GCFA_UMC, and www.gcfa.org.
About the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
Founded in 1940, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the global humanitarian aid organization of the United Methodist Church. UMCOR is working in more than 80 countries worldwide, including the United States. 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.
About The Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,284 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, and Mexico. In fiscal 2016, The Home Depot had sales of $94.6 billion and earnings of $8.0 billion. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates. The Home Depot's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index.