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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.


    Disaster Response

    For more information on Disaster Response and Flood Recovery, please send an email to

    Click here for the UMCOR Bucket Drop-Off Locations in UNY.

    Responsding in the Event of a Disaster at the Church and District-level

    Disasters, both human-made and natural, can emotionally, physically, and psychologically overwhelm entire communities. Local businesses may be destroyed, leaving some unemployed, others without access to food or supplies. Insurance may not cover the cost of recovery. Fear of a repeat of the disaster can be paralyzing.

    United Methodists have a long history of responding to communities in the midst of disaster though the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Volunteers-in-Mission (VIM) and conference and district disaster response teams. Known throughout the world as the church that will be there as long as there is a need, United Methodists specialize in helping communities help themselves recover from a disaster.

    United Methodists also know that the survivors of disaster need more than a helping hand. They also need a helping heart, someone who will listen and offer love and fellowship.

    The United Methodist Committee on Relief allocates funds for the relief of people in need. All money donated for disaster response goes directly to the disaster. Support for the administration and infrastructure of UMCOR comes from the annual One Great Hour of Sharing Sunday collection. For more information on the United Methodist Committee on Relief, visit the agency's web site.

    UMCOR also maintains a 24-hour hotline for information about disasters around the world at (800) 554-8583.

    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."