COVID-19: Global Response

Moderator Richard Bott calls on United Church people to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ethiopian Boy Holding His Arms standing in dry field
A young boy in Ethiopia, already impacted by drought, helps his father tend cattle in the midst of the pandemic.
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Wilco Van Meppelen on Unsplash

Make a gift today to help those affected by the pandemic in the Global South. Working closely with Mission & Service partners, the United Church and our members are helping provide food and other essential services to communities in crisis.

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Phone 416-231-5931 or toll-free 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2738 and use your Visa or MasterCard.

Send a cheque, money order, or Visa or MasterCard information with donation amount to:

The United Church of Canada
Philanthropy Unit - Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4

Please be sure to note "Emergency Response—COVID-19" on the face of your cheque.

Note: As part of the United Church's Emergency Response Fund, 100% of your donation goes directly to emergency relief with 85% of your donation responding to this designated emergency and 15% responding to future emergencies that do not receive intense media coverage. Donations to Mission & Service enable the United Church to cover all of the costs of emergency response work without deducting any fees from your donation.

The impact of the global pandemic is harsher for those living with pre-existing conditions and in situations of poverty and poor access to health care. The UN World Food Programme now estimates those needing urgent food assistance globally will more than double to 270 million because of COVID-19.

The United Church is part of a worldwide network of faithful people responding to the global crisis, making a difference for the most vulnerable people in the world.

ACT Alliance LogoYour gifts reach communities on the ground through collaborations with organizations like ACT Alliance and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. We and our partners use established networks and relationships to deliver essential food assistance, sanitation, and health care.

In his letter to Mission & Service partners, Moderator Richard Bott wrote: “May we find tangible ways of supporting each other—and all of God’s world—in this time, and in the days to come… [A]s we ‘proclaim Jesus’ with our words and our actions, we will find a way through this, together.”

Read more about the ways your gifts support lifesaving efforts and respond to the critical needs of vulnerable people around the world. Below you will find stories of impact from partners on the ground:  ACT Alliance, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, and others responding to the global pandemic.

Last updated: 
June 29, 2020

In South Sudan, Amei no longer worries about dying of hunger thanks to the support of United Church partner the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

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June 9, 2020

Staff of three regional councils decided to donate $2,500 each in staff travel savings to support the world’s most vulnerable through the COVID-19 Global Response.

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May 1, 2020
Last updated: 
June 24, 2020
The United Church is accepting donations to help support Mission & Service partners around the world as they work to meet the needs of these communities in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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June 9, 2020

In the Al Husn refugee camp in Jordan, Mission & Service helped to build greenhouses that are now providing much-needed vegetables to the poorest households.

Last updated: 
June 9, 2020

In the Philippines, Mission & Service partner organizations protest violent arrests and continue to reach out to those in need.

Last updated: 
June 9, 2020

Mission & Service partners in India describe new challenges arising from the pandemic.

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June 9, 2020

Mission & Service partner the Zimbabwe Council of Churches is working to meet the needs of families who can’t afford to be in lockdown.

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April 14, 2020
Last updated: 
May 1, 2020
Mission & Service partners around the world are responding to the effects of the virus in their communities. The United Church has contributed $20,000 from our Emergency Response Fund in support of partners.
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May 1, 2020

A prayer for the world during COVID-19 by Bishop Reuel Marigza, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines.