How can I help with disaster relief?

Community members walk past a food distribution site for the United Methodist Committee on Relief following Typhoon Haiyan in Dagami, Philippines. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS
Community members walk past a food distribution site for the United Methodist Committee on Relief following Typhoon Haiyan in Dagami, Philippines. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) provides emergency food, shelter and medicine after natural and man-made disasters, provides humanitarian relief to refugees and displaced persons and works to overcome world hunger and poverty.

Contributions to UMCOR may be sent a variety of ways. One hundred percent of your tax-deductible gifts go to the emergency response or Advance project that you designate.

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Relief supply materials are needed to be shipped to disaster areas. UMCOR's Sager Brown Depot and affiliated warehouses serve as material resource hubs for assembling, storing, and deploying supply kits and bulk materials worldwide. Cleanup kits and basic supply kits can be assembled by individuals or church groups. UMCOR has instructions for putting together the needed materials. Check the Relief Supplies section of the website for the most current needs, or contact a Depot directly.

Volunteers are also needed after natural disasters to help with clean-up, debris removal, and rebuilding. Learn more

UMCOR conducts disaster response training every year. Well trained and prepared local leaders can greatly alleviate the impact of a disaster. For more information on emergency response training, contact your conference's VIM (Volunteers in Mission) coordinator.


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