October 2, 2016

Los Altos Ministry News

UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF (UMCOR)

Mission Statement: Compelled by Christ to be a voice of conscience on behalf of the people called Methodist, UMCOR works globally to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing.

Overview: UMCOR is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more.

UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church through the General Board of Global Ministries, and our goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We believe all people have God-given worth and dignity.

UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. We provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own. While UMCOR cooperates with other aid organizations to extend our reach, our most important partners are the people we serve. We are confident that successful solutions to emergency or chronic conditions begin with the affected population. UMCOR provides these survivors not only temporary relief but long-term education, training, and support.

UMCOR spends 100 percent of designated donations on the projects our donors specify. When UMCOR donors give their time, money, and supplies, they join UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) enters into a disaster at the request of the resident bishop or church partner. The request may be for financial or material resources, technical assistance or volunteers. An Advance number may be assigned to a specific project, so United Methodists may make donations.

When typical methods of disaster-response funding are inadequate, the area or conference may issue special emergency appeals. Resident bishops may call for an emergency appeal in their annual conference when a disaster affects a specific part of the United States.

United Methodists assist UMCOR through gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing. Observed on the Fourth Sunday in Lent, this church wide Special Sunday calls United Methodists to share the goodness of life with those who hurt. Gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing underwrite UMCOR’s “costs of doing business.” This helps UMCOR keep its promise that every gift to a specific UMCOR project will go toward that project, not for administrative costs.

LAUMC: We support UMCOR through the one great hour of sharing, special appeals and coffee hour donations through the Missions Committee.