Collaborations with health professionals, missionaries, disaster management coordinators and faith leaders have allowed for a global response to COVID-19 by Global Ministries and UMCOR.
From the Philippines to Pennsylvania, Brazil to Burundi, peoples’ daily needs such as healthcare, food, hygiene and job security are being met.
By equipping local churches, annual conferences and nonprofit organizations to be in mission with their communities, we are caring for one another and extending compassion to those left most vulnerable during this challenging time.
Through the Sheltering in Love campaign and unit programming, we celebrate the far-reaching impact of 230 grants totaling $2,329,785 and commit to continued care and compassion in the fight against COVID-19.
Seven UMCOR COVID-19 grants from the Sheltering in Love campaign are making a difference through caring Methodist congregations in Brazil. Support in the form of food, rent assistance, masks and protective equipment, and education about the best preventive hygiene are ministries Brazilian Methodists undertake to serve their neighbors.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave vulnerable communities hungry, Intown Collaborative Ministries in Atlanta, GA is using funds from UMCOR to ensure their food pantry is able to safely meet an increased need for food.
As a federal moratorium that protected an estimated 12 million people from eviction expires, two United Methodist agencies, Restore Hope Ministries in Oklahoma and Good Neighbor Settlement House in Texas, have used UMCOR COVID-19 grants to keep people from being evicted and assist them when they have nowhere else to go but the streets.
Like many places in the world, Vietnam is facing economic impacts from the novel coronavirus. The Vietnam Mission Initiative partnered with Global Ministries Asia Pacific Regional Office, Scranton Women’s Leadership Center, and the Wesley Foundation to offer concrete love and compassion to its neighbors.
Liberia is combating COVID-19 through both health and food security: the health board received an early solidarity grant from UMCOR for prevention training and the conference received a more recent UMCOR Sheltering in Love grant to provide food packages to the elderly, the physically challenged and at-risk children and youth undergoing rehabilitation at a facility in Monrovia. UMNS shares the story.