UMCOR Offers New Grant (updated 4/9/21)

Mustard Seed Migration Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to 50 United Methodist churches in the United States to engage in new, one-time community-based service projects focused on refugees and migration. The deadline to apply is May 16.

For details, click here.

A Leader of Disaster Response

A Future With Hope has been a leader of disaster response in New Jersey since Superstorm Sandy and its networks and relationships with state, federal and local agencies have been reactivated int he wake of COVID-19. Members of the team, alongside Tom Lank, GNJ’s Disaster Response Coordinator, serve as our representatives on the following state, regional and national groups who are meeting weekly to provide guidance for how to engage volunteers and communicate needs:

  • NJ Office of  Emergency Management
  • FEMA for Emergency Assistance and Housing
  • FEMA for Logistics and Resource Support
  • NEJ UMVIM Disaster Response

The team funnels information to GNJ leadership which helps inform our calls to action on the COVID-19 Resources pages. As the situation unfolds, A Future Withe Hope will advise on the best ways for churches to engage in relief and recovery.

Mental Health Association in NJ (MHANJ)

MHANJ Mental Health Cares call line is available to offer emotional support 7 days per week, 8:00 a.m. -8:00 p.m.

  • 1.866.202.HELP(4357) {English and Spanish}.
  • or text: NJHOPE to 51684 {English texting only}.

Virtual Groups are offering in English and Spanish and self-care workshops and presentation for community groups, organizations, businesses and community stakeholders. For more info, please contact:

Financial Assistance for People through VOAD

Whether it be for food, health, rent, or utilities, we know that people in our communities need help. We want to make sure our clergy and laity know where to find it.

Food assistance, cash assistance and health insurance:

Documenting Volunteer Hours

GNJ urges their 540 churches and 23 Hope Centers to keep rigorous track, both electronically and on paper, of the number of hours that volunteers are providing during the COVID-19 health crisis.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires that all funding from its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), money that goes toward an action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural disasters, be matched by a local not-for-profit corporation with 25 percent.

However, FEMA allows the organization to match funding with “in-kind” contributions related to the project. In-kind contributions can include the following but exclude cash contributions by a third party:

  • Volunteer labor hours
  • Donation of use of property (e.g., for 12-step programs)
  • Food for food pantries and contributions to food banks
  • Clothes for clothes closets and drives
  • Cost of transportation
  • Special-event costs

While FEMA has not yet announced HMGP funding for COVID-19-related activities, it is anticipated that such funding may be available during the recovery phase of the COVID-19 response. In Superstorm Sandy, FEMA’s program was a major source of funding for rebuilding.

Additional information about FEMA in-kind contributions may be found on the FEMA website HERE and on the website for Corporation For National and Community Service HERE.