In Today's Hotline: Read how UMCOR is responding to needs all over the world.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief’s (UMCOR) US disaster-response program has recently reached a milestone of training 10,000 Early Response Team (ERT) volunteers.
ERTs are credentialed volunteers who are trained and prepared to go into an area shortly after a disaster takes place. UMCOR has developed special training and credentials to help ERTs move quickly into a disaster zone to provide help once they are officially deployed. Once trained, ERTs may be deployed for a disaster local to them or to one out of state.
Julie Pohl, disaster-response coordinator for the Kansas East Annual Conference, has trained dozens of ERTs. UMCOR's training has imprinted the future of disaster volunteerism, Pohl reflected.
“Training and credentialing are more important than ever,” she said. “Our emergency managers are holding our feet to the fire as to who they allow into a disaster site. It's harder and harder for unaffiliated volunteers to find a way in.”
Pray for the upcoming mosquito-net distribution in West Angola slated to take place October 10 – 20. Approximately 9,000 nets purchased through a contribution from Rocky Mountain Annual Conference will be distributed in this first Imagine No Malaria initiative in Angola.
10-Fold will begin on October 1! This year’s 10-Fold will be a five-week event that will focus on a new project each week. Week one will feature UMCOR’s disaster relief work followed by young people in mission, mission initiatives, missionaries, and fair trade.
Tune in to http://www.umcmission.org/live on Wednesday, October 3, at 12 noon (ET) and take part in a live webcast with UMCOR fair-trade partner SERRV. Meet two artisans from India who market their crafts through SERRV. Read more, and join the webcast.
UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit umcor.org. You can donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist church; by sending a check to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068; or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You can also give online by clicking any of the "DONATE" links or make a $10 donation anytime by texting “UMCOR” to 80888. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.
And, please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick or in poverty because of natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.
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United Methodist Committee on Relief
General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church
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