United Methodists in GNJ have many close ties to our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico. Working with the Methodist Church in Puerto Rico we are developing special resourcing and support for those in need after Hurricane Maria.

A day of Thanksgiving was held on Nov. 19 at the First UMC of Hightstown.  More than 37 churches participated delivering 27 pallets of food, 6 pallets of toys and more than $50,000. 

Bishop Hector Ortiz from the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico delivered a message of thanksgiving via video during the service which was live streamed to United Methodist Churches in Puerto Rico.  

How to Help

Pray
Keep the people of Puerto Rico and first responder in your prayers.

Donate
The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey will be accepting monetary donations to help the residents of Puerto Rico. We will make sure that all funds go to relief and recovery rebuild efforts, in coordination with UMCOR and the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico.

Send your donations to our treasurer and receive credit here in GNJ and with UMCOR.

The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey
Mission and Resource Center
Attn: Puerto Rico Disaster Response
205 Jumping Brook Rd.
Neptune, NJ 07753

Serve people relocating to NJ from Puerto Rico
Many people from Puerto Rico including family members and friends of our worshipping communities are leaving the island to relocate temporarily and/or permanently to the mainland. We want to be prepared. If you or your congregation will be ready to help these new transplants, please register here. We’ll let you know needs as they arrive.

Volunteer
UMCOR has begun coordinating ERTs to Puerto Rico in cooperation with the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico. The first team to be deployed will be Specialized Early Response Teams. These teams will be oriented to address circumstances unique to this location and situation, and beyond the general scope of work for our more traditional ERTs.
 
The response will soon be opened to more traditional ERTs and then eventually to volunteer reconstruction teams. UMCOR has established a centralized volunteer coordination mechanism in cooperation with UMVIM for this purpose. In the meantime, we affirm the willingness of volunteer, as ask that you wait for an invitation from the community in a coordinated manner as we work together to support our brothers and sisters in their ministry in Puerto Rico.
 
Click here for more information and criteria on Specialized Early Response Teams.

Download Esperanza for Puerto Rico Resources Here: