November 17, 2023

Midwest Mission and UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)

Is Midwest Mission UMCOR?

No, Midwest Mission is a separate 501©3 non-profit organization. We are not run by the United Methodist Church or our annual conference. The Illinois Great Rivers Conference gave a $100,000 grant to Midwest Mission in 1999 to get the project started. Midwest Mission has a covenant relationship with the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. 

How is Midwest Mission Funded?

Midwest Mission is funded almost entirely by contributions from individuals or churches. We receive a few grants here and there, but we receive no money from any form of government, corporations, or directly from the United Methodist Church. We have Advance Specials in some of the conferences of the North Central Jurisdiction. When you give to UMCOR you are not giving to Midwest Mission because we are separately funded organizations. 

Midwest Mission is a UMCOR Affiliate Warehouse. What does that mean?

Midwest Mission has committed to being a part of the United Methodist Relief Supply Network. There are eight warehouses in the relief supply network. UMCOR Sager Brown is the only warehouse owned, funded, and operated by UMCOR. We pledge to build, verify, collect, warehouse, and ship UMCOR kits at our own expense. The network works together in times of disaster to resource one another with kits if someone has had a substantial request that is larger than they can handle. If the Midwest floods and Midwest Mission gives out all our buckets, we can request buckets be sent from another warehouse. If a hurricane hits the coast and wipes out the supply of hygiene kits, Midwest Mission will be ready to send supplies to another warehouse to fill their need. Again, at the expense of the requesting warehouse.

We are stronger together — if one of us is down the others are there to help with supplies, but no money is exchanged. For example, during COVID, UMCOR Sager Brown closed in March of 2020 and didn’t reopen until June 2023. During that time, they sent the supplies they had on hand to our location as we remained open and continued to safely host volunteers to keep up with the increased demand around the world and domestically. When supplies were completed we would send them to their location or another location they deemed needed the inventory. 

When do UMCOR Kits get sent?

When a request is put in by a United Methodist Conference Disaster Relief Coordinator (CDRC) or by a stand-alone organization or non-profit entity. UMCOR kits are only sent within the U.S. and mostly in response to disasters. 

What are the UMCOR Kits?

In 2018, UMCOR went down to three kits: the Cleaning Kit (Flood Bucket), Hygiene Kit, and School Kit. But at the end of 2023, they did away with the School Kit due to a lack of requests during a disaster. They started making a disposable Feminine Hygiene Kit instead.

All other kits we talk about are Midwest Mission Kits that we distribute both nationally and internationally. These are completely separate from UMCOR.

Who decides what is in an UMCOR kit?

UMCOR decides what is in their kits and often works in collaboration with Church World Services. The items in these kits do not change, and are not under our discretion.

Should I give money to Midwest Mission or UMCOR in a disaster?

Outside of UMCOR Sunday, 100% of the funds given to UMCOR goes to the U.S. (Advance #901670) or International Disaster Relief (Advance #982450) Advance Fund. During international disasters, UMCOR sends relief in the form of monetary grants. UMCOR no longer ships supplies internationally because shipping can be expensive and not as immediate. Because of how UMCOR is set up, this is the best way for them to steward your donation.  

However, Midwest Mission ships supplies both in the U.S. and internationally because we do not pay for shipping. We work with partners like Food for the Poor, Northstar Foundation, and U.S. Southern Command to receive information on the requested items needed for a disaster. Many times, these are items they are unable to find near the disaster site. Midwest Mission lets you know what the needed items are, and you can purchase them or send monetary donations for us to purchase products to be sent.

If you want to give requested, needed supplies in a disaster, Midwest Mission is your choice — whether you want to donate supplies or money. If you want to assist in sending monetary help to the disaster, then give funds to UMCOR.

Midwest Mission will not open up funding for a specific disaster unless we know we are going to be servicing that disaster. Every dollar donated to that disaster fund has to be spent towards that disaster. When you give to UMCOR during a disaster, it goes to the international or domestic disaster relief funds and not to the specific disaster. This way of funding, however, allows UMCOR to quickly release grant funds. For the scale at which UMCOR gives grants with such a small staff, this again is the most efficient for them. 

We want to steward your resources well, and make sure you are given the proper information to give where you really want to give, so that we can all work together to send hope and empowerment in times of crisis around the world and around the corner.

United Methodist Church Conference Advance Special Codes for Midwest Mission:

East Ohio — 9944

Illinois Great Rivers — 6620

Indiana — C114

Iowa — 676

Minnesota — MMDC

Northern Illinois — 50000150

Wisconsin — 5979

Honduras to Receive Supplies for Children’s Homes

On Tuesday, November 14, we sent our 42nd shipment of the year, which was an Angels of Hope container heading to Honduras.

The Angels of Hope program is a program of Food For The Poor, where they serve children’s homes in countries around the Caribbean and Latin America. Food For The Poor partners with existing children’s homes that holistically care for the children they serve. The staff members are extensively trained to help the children grow educationally, socially, and emotionally. 

In this shipment, we sent Home Care Kits, Personal Dignity Kits, and disinfectant wipes.

You can watch the shipment video here.

God is doing great things at Midwest Mission! We combined some of our most recent "God Moments" into a publication called "God is On the Move."

Using the button below, you can download the stories and share with someone you know!


November Church Bulletin Insert

We offer monthly church bulletin inserts that you can slide in your church's bulletin. These inserts keep your congregation up-to-date on our current needs and upcoming events!

Download November Bulletin PDF

You can purchase these items at your local store, or make them, and take them to Midwest Mission or a Collection Site near you. You can also buy items online and have them shipped right to Midwest Mission.

Day Pads


Go to Feminine Hygiene Kit


Select the first ones listed

Receiving Blankets

28"x28" - 32"x32" — can be store-bought or handmade — purchase here

Prayers to Lift Up

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so we want to continue our reflections on what we are thankful for. Share with us in a prayer of thanksgiving for the blessings we have, the opportunities we have to be blessings to others, and for the outpouring of love we receive from our God.

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever."

1 Corinthians 16:34

Midwest Mission Weekly Projects

Work of the Mission Volunteers

Work Done

  • 15 Bikes
  • 1,180 Student Kits
  • 14 Sewing Machines
  • Sewing
  • Build desks
  • Polyurethane desks
  • Make Sleeping Mats with Looms
  • Count into inventory

Rice Meals

  • 1,205 Rice Meals — Gibson City UMC, Gibson City, IL
  • 4,000 Rice Meals — Midland First UMC, Midland, MI
  • 1,989 Rice Meals — UIS, Springfield, IL


  • Urban Bicycle Food Ministries, Des Moines, IA: 40 Sleeping Mats Value: $1,000.00
  • Maryville and GlenEd Food Pantries, Maryville, IL: Hygiene supplies Value: $132.00
  • Academic and Career Education Academy, midland, Mi: Hygiene and school supplies Value: $462.00
  • Forrest Hill UMC Pantry, Peoria, IL: 312 UMCOR Hygiene Kits and 400 UMCOR Menstrual Hygiene Kits Value: $9,992.00

Midwest Mission is able to do this work because of your generous donations and willingness to volunteer. Thank you!

Share some GOD news with those you love!

Do you have family or friends that need some GOOD News - GOD News - to uplift them? If so please click on the button below and share the link provided. The more we can spread the word about the work God is doing here, the more we can make the world a happier place.

Link to Share the Midwest Mission Newsletter

Ready to Get Involved?

Volunteer at Midwest Mission

Dates are available in 2023, 2024, and 2025

Need a Saturday option for team volunteering

or assistance in booking? Contact Pat Wright at or 217-697-4063

Click below to check calendar openings and to reserve your spots.

Volunteer Reservation Calendar

2025 Volunteer Calendar is open for dorm reservations!

Go to our Reservation Calendar, log in, reserve your rooms, and submit payment for your Non-refundable Reservation Fee via credit card or electronic check. We will email you the Access Code to reserve Volunteer Shifts for your team. You must complete this step for your team to volunteer at Midwest Mission.

For local teams and individuals: Volunteer Shifts will only be available 3 months ahead of time. For example, December 1, 2023 you will be able to reserve Volunteer Shifts for March of 2024.

Thank you for your patience as we try to improve the reservation experience for both local teams and those staying in the dorm.

Volunteers at Work

November 13-17, 2023

Volunteer Leaders

Chuck & Karen Porter

Brighton, IL

Jane and Jeff Johnson

Glen Carbon, IL

Volunteer Teams

Springfield First UMC Sewing Group

Springfield, IL

Simpson Group

Springfield, IL

Taylorville UMC

Taylorville, IL

Union Reunion

St. Louis, MO

Grace UMC

Ottumwa, IA

Grace UMC

Jacksonville, IL

Wesley and Garver Brick

Decatur, IL

St. Joseph UMC

St. Joseph, IL

Calvary UMC

Normal, IL

First UMC

Altamont, IL

Katherine Priester

Springfield, IL

Not pictured:

Carol Shipp and Jean Schneider — Springfield, IL

Marianne Ralph and Denise Workman — Springfield, IL

We are so grateful for all our local and regular volunteers, and the time they give towards volunteering at Midwest Mission. We appreciate their passion and dedication to the ministry!

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