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Posts by Linda Unger

Staff members and volunteers for the United Methodist Committee on Relief pray in their Manila office after preparing bags of relief supplies for transport to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. UMNS photos by Mike DuBose

UMCOR relief truck ready to roll

Volunteers and staff of the United Methodist Committee on Relief loaded a cargo truck with bright yellow bags filled with relief goods this evening, and are now ready to begin... Read More

The home of Yoandris Ramírez in El Ramón, Holguín Province, was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

Surviving Sandy in Cuba

When asked to tell a story from his visit to Cuba shortly after Hurricane Sandy swept through the Caribbean nation last October, Rev. Juan Vera, former bishop of Puerto Rico... Read More

UMCOR’s Rev. Tom Hazelwood (center) receives a check from Dale Cole, Community Affairs project manager for Newsday. They are flanked by, from left to right, Bill Kohl, Communities Program director, McCormick Foundation; Rev. Adrienne Brewington, Long Island East District Superintendent; Rev. Joseph Ewoodzie, New York Annual Conference Disaster Response coordinator; Kashif Shaikh, program officer, McCormick Foundation; and Paul Fleishman, vice president Public Affairs, Newsday. Courtesy of Newsday

UMCOR Hurricane Sandy relief receives boost

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) was one of seven nonprofit organizations to be honored last month with a grant to advance recovery and rebuilding on Long Island following... Read More

Snow covers pumpkins from a fall festival at Community United Methodist Church in Massapequa, N.Y., that was interrupted by Hurricane Sandy and a subsequent noreaster snowstorm that left several inches of snow on parts of Long Island. The church is serving as a disaster relief site for survivors of the storm. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Neighbors, near and far

The makeshift disaster-response offices at Community United Methodist Church in Massapequa, N.Y., are buzzing with volunteer relief workers. Read More

Leroy Morgan (right) provokes smiles among United Methodist Church officials and relief workers as he describes using a garden hose to remove jellyfish that were washed into his Freeport, N.Y., home by Hurricane Sandy. UMNS photos by Mike DuBose.

Jellyfish add note of levity to destruction of Sandy

As if the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy weren’t already overwhelming in the storm’s wake, Leroy Morgan of Freeport, N.Y., found himself faced with another astonishing and... Read More

Peter Vasquenz describes damage to his mother’s home in the Staten Island borough of New York following Hurricane Sandy. Vasquenz, a firefighter in Brooklyn, had been ripping out waterlogged drywall and flooring. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Neighbors help neighbors in New York City

“I don’t know what my mom’s going to do with the house now,” said Peter Vasquenz as he worked diligently amid diminishing daylight to clear pieces of ripped... Read More

UMCOR Reaches Out to Partners in Sandy’s Path

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is reaching out to partners in the Caribbean in the wake of Hurricane Sandy there, while also bracing to respond to the storm... Read More