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umcor01The United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) is the humanitarian relief and development agency of the United Methodist Church that responds to natural or human made disasters—those interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community's ability to recover on its own.

UMCOR's mission is to alleviate human suffering—whether caused by war, conflict, or natural disaster—with open minds and hearts to all people. UMCOR offers integrated solutions to the communities in the US and abroad. The agency's methodology identifies priority areas and provides opportunities for the community to access assistance as and when it is needed. UMCOR does this by treating the community as a whole, encouraging them to regard assistance as an opportunity and not charity, and working with communities to render assistance.

Church of the Palms provided financial support to UMCOR's relief efforts addressing the tornados and flooding that occur in the US this past year, in addition to their work in Japan following the earthquake.

heifer01Heifer International's mission to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, Heifer empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope. With gifts of livestock and training, Heifer International helps families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways.

Animals, a key part of Heifer, are referred to as "living loans" because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal's offspring to another family in need. It's called Passing on the Gift – a cornerstone of this mission that creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace.

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