FirstChurch has a long history of partnering with local missions that support a wide range of needs from disadvantaged youth to the elderly. From half-day volunteer opportunities to long-term service partnerships, there are many ways for you to get involved as an individual, small group or family. For information about upcoming opportunities, please contact the FirstChurch coordinator listed below for each mission opportunity.
AIDS Care Team Network
The AIDS Care Team has offered compassionate care through companionship for over 10 years. Volunteers assist persons living with HIV/AIDS with meal preparation, light housekeeping, shopping and errands. Six hours of required training provided by AIDS Interfaith Network. Volunteers commit to a minimum of 8 hours of service per month and attendance to bimonthly meetings. Contact: Grace McFerrin at 469.855.5287.
The Aldersgate Project, a program originally established by the Aldersgate Class over 25 years ago, supplies ushers from the church for events at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium. The funds earned are used to support mission projects. Over the years, this program has generated over $500,000 in funds to support programs that otherwise would not have been supported by the church. This year we are providing funds to The Dallas Bethlehem Center, Wesley Rankin, Project Transformation, New Friends New Life, Lydia Patterson, and several other charities. The intent is to provide funds to groups who are providing life changing services to their clients. A schedule of events is provided to the participants each month and they can choose the ones that fit their schedules. It is a great way to serve as well as to meet new friends. The ushers are allowed to watch the programs once everyone has been seated. For more information contact Gaye Phillips.
Austin Street Center
For over 30 years, Austin Street Center has been committed to providing emergency shelter, food and clothing to the most vulnerable homeless men and women in Dallas. Through crisis intervention, case-management, transitional housing and work readiness programs, Austin Street Center exists to provide the support and life skills necessary to achieve independence free of charge to more than 2,700 individuals annually. E-mail Heather Brestle for more information & to sign up.
C.C. Young Retirement Center (a UMW Mission)
C.C. Young is a non-profit, multi-service retirement community supported by the United Methodist Church. Volunteer opportunities include leading discussion groups, book clubs, parties, technology support, office help, and assisting with arts and crafts or games. Three beauty shops on campus, staffed by volunteers, provide opportunities for hair styling, manicures, or donations of salon products. Other opportunities include church services, holiday festivities, or facilitating in-house transportation to beauty shop or therapy appointments. Beautification projects on the grounds and buildings are excellent group projects. Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Victoria Jones, 214-841-2988 or UMW Rep. Betty Watson at 214-497-6578
Crossroads Community Services (Crossroads)
For over 16 years, Crossroads has been at the forefront of nourishing those in need and powering change in downtown Dallas. From volunteering to donations, there are many ways you can help serve our neighbors in need.
Operating under the non-profit status of First United Methodist Church of Dallas, Crossroads was developed out of the desire to better serve more low-income people in our community. In July 2015, Crossroads was granted their own 501c3 status. Located at 1822 Young Street in the 2nd floor of the Stewpot building (Presbyterian Church Community Services) on the southwest corner of Park Avenue and Young Street, this mission offers individuals and families in economic distress the support necessary for stabilization and the skills necessary for sustained economic success. Volunteers are most needed Monday – Thursday mornings for intake, food/clothing sorting and distribution, though volunteers are often needed at other times as well. Contact Mary Bester at 214-560-2511 x 403 for more information or to schedule a tour or visit www.ccsdallas.org.
Dallas Bethlehem Center (a UMW Mission)
Bethlehem Center was founded in 1946 to provide kindergarten programs to financially disadvantaged children in the South Dallas community. Opportunities to help include chaperoning field trips, assisting children with homework as well as building maintenance and repair. Call 214-428-5171 or UMW Rep Grace McFerrin.
Helping homeless families with children become self-sufficient. Contact Bryon Romine.
HIV/AIDS Supper Club
Families serving families through monthly Supper Club, providing hot meals for residents of the Ewing and Revlon Housing facilities of AIDS Services of Dallas. Men, women and their children coping with HIV/AIDS, and living below the federal poverty line, receive a potluck dinner prepared by Supper Club volunteers and the Covenant Sunday Class on the 1st Tuesday and 5th Monday of the month. SS Classes and their families are invited to help prepare, deliver and serve food to more than 40 residents monthly. Paper goods, plastic ware and serving utensil donations are always welcome. Contact FUMC Coordinator Laura Thurman.
J.J. Rhoads Volunteers
Make a huge difference this fall by joining us as we help the kids in our adopted school, J.J. Rhoads, reach their potential. Contact Beverly Funk.
Methodist Dallas Medical Center Auxiliary (a UMW Mission)
(includes Golden Cross Ministry)
Supports Methodist Dallas Medical Center in numerous ways including medications for those unable to afford them; therapeutic pillows for heart surgery patients, layettes for Neo-Natal unit, scholarships in Nursing, Paramedical and Pastoral Care. Contact UMW Rep Marjorie Weber.
North Texas Food Bank
North Texas Food Bank relies heavily on the strong faith community in North Texas. Volunteers sort, box and/or bag food in a warehouse environment at 4500 S. Cockrell Hill Road, Dallas, 75236. Volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes (no sandals or flip flops) and should dress comfortably. Due to safety guidelines, all attendees must be 10 years of age or older. Any volunteer between the ages of 10 and 15 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone (1 chaperone for every 7 youths). Carpooling is highly recommended.
Project Transformation (a UMW Mission)
Sponsored by the United Methodist Church, PT offers Christian influenced, community oriented programs in low-income neighborhoods. Volunteers are needed for after school tutoring programs, computer lessons, summer reading programs and more. FirstChurch sponsors two PT college interns during the summer to help lead these programs, and also provides dinner at SMU for the summer intern program. Contact Beverly Funk.
Wesley-Rankin Community Center (a UMW Mission)
Offers a wide variety of programs to support disadvantaged children, youth, adults, and families in West Dallas. Volunteer opportunities include after-school tutoring programs, a Senior Citizen Program, B3X Summer Camp (Math, science and art for 1st-6th graders), and assistance with building maintenance and repair. Call 214-742-6674 or UMW Rep Kama Koudelka.
First Church supports international missions with a broad focus on bettering the lives of those in greatest need all around the world. For information about upcoming service opportunities or to find out how you can support these causes financially, please contact the FUMC coordinator listed below for each organization.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. We provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.
Contact: Angie Stinnett
Ministry to provide food and income producing animals and training to resource poor families to end hunger and poverty.
Mission trips can be life-changing experiences, providing as much benefit to those serving as those served. FirstChurch organizes and plans annual trips for youth, families and groups.
In one of Dr. Stoker’s first sermons, he preached on the question “who is your neighbor” and told of Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan. Mission is like that. Do we want to be the people that stop or the ones that keep on walking? It really comes down to who we see as our neighbor. Jesus knew that, and we’re called to go and do likewise.
Unplug from the world, team up with incredible people from our congregation, and focus for a week solely on serving others. If you are interested, please contact John Jenkins or Rev. Holly Bandel with questions.