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April 21, 2020 | ATLANTA (GBGM)

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is expanding its efforts in the fight against the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, 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, including racial/ethnic and indigenous communities in the United States. 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 by Monday, April 27 via

Gifts to the UMCOR COVID-19 Response Fund should be directed to Advance #3022612. To give online, visit To give by check, send checks payable to Advance GCFA to:

Global Ministries/UMCOR GPO
P.O. BOX 9068 New York, NY 10087.

For additional information, contact Tom Farley, director of development, at or call (800) 862-4246.


About the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

Founded in 1940, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the global humanitarian aid and development agency of The United Methodist Church. UMCOR is working in more than 80 countries worldwide, including the United States and its territories. Our mission, grounded in the teachings of Jesus, is to alleviate human suffering – whether caused by war, conflict or natural disaster – with open hearts and minds to all people. UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters that are interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. UMCOR works through programs that address hunger, poverty, sustainable agriculture, international and domestic emergencies, refugee and immigrant concerns, global health issues and transitional development. Learn more at: and

The UMW Calls for Paid Time Provisions for COVID-19 Relief and Beyond

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A Message from Carol Barton, Executive for Community Action

The National Office of The United Methodist Women 

Dear Friends,

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that we are all better off when every one of us is able to stay healthy.

United Methodist Women joins Family Values@Work and the Paid Leave for All campaign in calling on Congress to ensure that the upcoming COVID-19 relief legislation expands paid sick days and paid leave to cover every worker, regardless of the size employer we work for, where we were born, or the kind of work we do.

We’re asking Congress to listen to those most impacted by the decisions they make– the workers, many of whom are providing essential services at this time.

Click here to send a letter to House and Senate leaders and your own elected officials.

Please help to share this action widely via email and social media!   Share this link:

Thank you for taking action!

Carol Barton

Lead, Living Wage for All Campaign, United Methodist Women



The Trump administration has threatened mass deportations of immigrants residing in this country.

So, what can we, as a community of faith, do?

  1. Join CHIRLA (The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles), CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice), the Immigration Task Force of the California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church, and others in taking to the streets to protest this proposed action:


Due to the apparent postponement of Trump’s raids on immigrant communities, the remaining CHIRLA/ CLUE rallies planned for this week have been postponed. 

Please remain on-alert for the possibility of emergency mobilizations as CHIRLA and CLUE monitor the situation.

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2. “Know Your Rights”!

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3. Attend a “Know Your Rights” seminar!


4. Know the phone number of the Rapid Response Network in your area, and – in the event of an immigration-related emergency – use it!

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