United Methodists have a long tradition of outreach to all. UMCOR traces its origin to the 1940 General Conference, where delegates were asked for an offering to assist Chinese refugees. UMCOR was set up to administer the funds. Relief efforts were soon needed by European refugees during and after World War II. The church met the challenge, later expanding its work to address urgent situations of human suffering in other parts of the world. Today, UMCOR's ministries—aiding refugees, providing relief in disaster areas and confronting the problem of world hunger and poverty—are helping heal the hurts of humanity in more than 100 countries. UMCOR's response to disaster may include distribution of donated items through its depots, provision of the UMCOR Catastrophic Team, consulting services, cash grants and use of heavy equipment loaned for the duration of the disaster.
Trinity supports UMCOR through congregational offerings and individual contributions. The annual offering assists those left hungry and homeless after disasters strike. Last year Trinity members contributed health kits, sewing kits and school kits for distribution at disaster sites around the world.