The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. They provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.
For more information on UMCOR, please visit their website.
UMCOR Mobilizes Disaster Response in Philippine
In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, UMCOR is actively mobilizing resources to respond to a series of disasters to hit the Philippines over the past 12 months. Though an accurate casualty toll is TBD, it is clear the destruction is massive. UMCOR’s initial response involves distribution of food and water purification tablets. UMCOR expects to provide relief services to at least 1,000 families.
You can support UMCOR’s relief and recovery work in the Philippines by placing a check in the collection plate or dropping it off in the church office. Checks should be made payable to UMCOR International Disaster Response, Advance #982450. You can also give using the church’s online giving—use Fund Code 206 UMCOR: Pacific Emergency. Note that 100% of donated funds go directly to disaster relief.
UMCOR Coffee Project
We are asking our customers to help us bring you the products you want. Please complete the coffee survey 2013 so our supplier can provide the products we crave. The survey will also be available at the sales table on the first Sunday of each month.
St. Matthew’s supports UMCOR through our fairly-traded, organic coffee and tea sales. The UMCOR Coffee Project is an innovative way to reach out to small-scale farmers in the developing world while enjoying an excellent cup of coffee or tea!
Coffee is the world’s most heavily traded commodity, after oil. Yet most coffee-growers receive little financial benefit. We purchase fair-trade organic coffee, tea, chocolate bars, cocoa mix, and olive oil wholesale through Equal Exchange’s Interfaith Program, a vibrant network of thousands of faith communities working to create a greener and more just food system.
In addition to coffee and tea, we now sell chocolate bars, hot chocolate mix, and Palestinian extra virgin olive oil. All products are of high quality and delicious.
St. Matthew’s makes no profit from these sales. All proceeds go directly to UMCOR. Look for the sales table at church events and after worship services on the first Sunday of each month. Additional information is in the Narthex alcove. For more information or to place an order contact Pattie Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org.