United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
UMCOR already had received some $15 million from donors in recent months to respond to U.S. disasters. Full-page ads in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times have highlighted the denomination's commitment to disaster relief and the fact that 100 percent of all donations go directly to relief efforts.
UMCOR is the partner of the Methodist annual conferences in providing assistance and support to help conferences to prepare for and respond to catastrophic events in the United States. Internationally, UMCOR serves as the primary channel for United Methodist assistance when a natural or human caused disaster strikes outside the United States. UMCOR works in partnership with the central conferences of the United Methodist Church and other Methodist organizations as well as other international relief agencies to implement programs around the world. With these partnerships, UMCOR can respond to disaster areas where there is no United Methodist presence.
UMCOR continues to respond to local and international disasters, including major emergencies caused by storms and wildfires in the US South and West, famine in the Horn of Africa, typhoons in the Philippines, earthquake and tsunami in Japan, earthquake in Haiti and recently Hurricane Dorian . UMCOR made it possible to send emergency grants when tornadoes hit Alabama, Missouri, and North Carolina.
UMCOR Global Health programs work internationally with more than 300 Methodist hospitals and clinics, employing thousands of health workers; using education as well as preventive and curative measures to confront major health issues that include malnutrition, maternal and child mortality, HIV and AIDS, malaria, and increasing access to clean water and better sanitation.