The United Methodist Committee on Relief (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 Charity Navigator 4-star rated organization.
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.
UMCOR provides humanitarian relief and disaster response in the United States and internationally. Our efforts are targeted in places where natural disasters, war, or conflict have done so much damage that communities are unable to recover on their own. While UMCOR is not a first-response organization, we stand ready to accompany communities in need over the long haul of their recovery, until they are well on their way to establishing a “new normal” after a crisis.
In addition, UMCOR helps communities in the United States and abroad prepare for emergencies and to reduce the risk of disasters through a roster of training programs.
UMCOR’s International Development Unit works through its field offices and its extensive partner network to facilitate long-term community development and empowerment in areas of great need. Many development issues and opportunities are interrelated, so UMCOR uses integrated solutions to address root causes, working alongside local communities to develop assets in water, sanitation, and hygiene, sustainable agriculture and food security, and nutrition.
Our work is informed by global initiatives such as the Millennium Development Goals, the post-2015 development goals (in process), Sphere Standards, and best practices with regards to facilitating sustainable solutions, measuring impact, and evaluating approaches. We seek to alleviate human suffering without regard to race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. We believe all people have God-given worth, dignity and a right to assistance when in need.
Children in El Tule Oriental, Nicaragua, enjoy running clean water from an El Porvenir well over their hands.