UMCOR Overview

When disaster strikes, it is local churches that provide the first response to their communities. This basic understanding—that disaster response is local—forms the foundation for UMCOR’s US disaster training and response.


UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. Through UMCOR, United Methodists extend loving care to people within the United States, as well as internationally: in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. These beneficiaries are seen as partners, not victims, and UMCOR works to empower them. Wherever possible, UMCOR cooperates with other aid organizations to extend its reach.


UMCOR is a trusted partner in disaster response.  The UMCOR name is well known and respected throughout the disaster “community”.  This gives all United Methodists involved in disaster response immediate credibility and our efforts are welcomed with open arms.


In its holistic response to disasters, UMCOR:

  • Offers disaster preparedness training.
  • Provides essential supplies and care—both physical and psychological—in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.
  • Supports long-term rebuilding efforts and assists communities as they adapt.


When responding to a disaster in the United States, UMCOR provides the following four things:

  • Training. UMCOR trains teams of volunteers.
  • Financial Assistance. If the bishop of the affected conference contacts UMCOR, an emergency grant may be sent.
  • Expertise. UMCOR’s disaster-response experience and knowledge are made available to those in need.
  • Networking. Getting connected with NGOs, volunteers, experts, local government, and other organizations can help communities recover from disaster.


The Rocky Mountain Conference has experienced first-hand these programs, specifically during the flood in Colorado in the fall of 2013.  UMCOR offered an emergency grant to get the process started within days of the disaster.  They then helped the conference with a large grant to aid in the long term recovery effort.  This grant allowed the conference to build a team of case managers, project and volunteer coordinators and others to help with long term recovery.  UMCOR also provided training for all case managers involved in the flood recovery effort, regardless of which agency they were sponsored by.  


As an agency of the United Methodist Church, the U.S. Disaster Response unit of UMCOR (which is part of Global Ministries) is mandated by the Book of Discipline to provide support to the annual conference to partner in disaster ministry when invited.


VISIT UMCOR for the latest on all disaster response and recovery as well as humanitarian assistance being provided around the world by the people called United Methodist.  While there, consider signing up for the UMCOR Hotline. You will receive weekly updates on UMCOR's work around the world assisting those in need.


As always, your generous gifts to UMCOR Domestic Disaster Response are greatly needed and deeply appreciated. Domestic Disaster Response Advance #901670 100% of donations to UMCOR go to assist those affected by the disaster.  Gifts can be included with your apportionment payments, mailed to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087 or online at


UMCOR Relief-Supply Kits


Relief-supply kits help provide care for the most vulnerable people during times of crisis. UMCOR collects 6 types of kits for global distribution and cleaning buckets for US distribution after storms.


Kits help sustain everyday life for people who lack ready access to essential supplies. They provide vital support for UMCOR’s global development work and make a tangible difference in people’s lives. View demonstration videos on assembling specific kits.

  • Bedding Kit
  • Birthing Kit
  • Cleaning Bucket
  • Health Kit
  • Layette Kit
  • School Kit
  • Sewing Kit


UMCOR Relief Supply Network and UMCOR Depots

UMCOR Sager Brown – Baldwin, La.

Located on Louisiana’s Cajun Coast, UMCOR Sager Brown offers the local community a mix of meaningful mission experiences. While on campus, mission work centers on building, packaging, and warehousing relief supply kits, which are distributed to the most vulnerable populations around the world. UMCOR Sager Brown also encourages volunteers to participate in local outreach programs, which include food distribution, home maintenance/repair, and various other projects. Engaging, fun, and affordable, the service performed at UMCOR Sager Brown continues to be a vital part of the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s (UMCOR’s) work.


UMCOR West Office and Depot – Salt Lake City, Utah

UMCOR Sager Brown’s sister depot is located high in the Rocky Mountains and in the heart of Salt Lake City. UMCOR West opened its doors in 2009 and has welcomed mission teams from across the United States. A product of the success of UMCOR Sager Brown, UMCOR West also builds, packages, and warehouses relief supply kits for distribution around the world. Unique to this depot is the opportunity to experience and work with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in common humanitarian efforts. If a mission journey with an urban twist interests you, UMCOR West is the place for you.


UMCOR Relief Supply Network

Affiliate warehouses are strategically located across the United States. The UMCOR Relief Supply Network embodies the nature of the United Methodist connectional system. While engaging in local and international mission programs on annual conference and district levels, the UMCOR Relief Supply Network builds relief supply kits to UMCOR standards and ships them to UMCOR Sager Brown and UMCOR West twice a year for distribution around the world. Many volunteers who have participated at UMCOR Sager Brown and UMCOR West have also served in the Relief Supply Network.