The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is expanding its efforts in the fight against COVID-19. UMCOR has launched a giving campaign, “Sheltering in Love,” to assist vulnerable communities in the United States and around the world.
Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, UMCOR has been working with health boards, medical professionals, disaster management coordinators and faith leaders to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. Partners in China, Africa and the Philippines have already received solidarity grants. Training materials have been developed and disseminated in four languages to facilitate online trainings focused on preparedness and prevention.
The impact of COVID-19 is far-reaching and demands an even greater response.
Through the COVID-19 Response Fund, UMCOR plans to release grants to equip partners who assist vulnerable populations around the world impacted by COVID-19. Recognizing that COVID-19 is affecting racial/ethnic communities in the U.S. at a disproportionate rate, Global Ministries has also committed money from the Human Relations Day Fund and the Native American Ministries Sunday Fund to provide assistance in racial/ethnic communities in the U.S.
Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded and disbursed quickly and efficiently to address pressing needs in the areas of health, food insecurity, water, sanitation and hygiene and economic instability. Grant applications will be available on Thursday, April 23 via umcmission.org.
Gifts to the UMCOR COVID-19 Response Fund should be directed to Advance #3022612.
To give online, visit https://advance.umcmission.org/p-2025-umcor-covid-19-response-fund.aspx.
To give by check, send checks payable to Advance GCFA to:
Global Ministries/UMCOR GPO
P.O. BOX 9068
New York, NY 10087.
Below are helpful links about the new UMCOR COVID-19 Response Fund and resources for United Methodist congregations during this time.