We believe that every day offers a short-term mission opportunity, whether here in Dallas or overseas. In DFW, we partner with trusted, local ministries to impact people and communities in ways that not only provide relief but also develop people and restore broken systems.
Below, you’ll find ways you can touch lives in an ongoing way in your own backyard.
BROTHER BILL’S HELPING HAND (www.bbhh.org)
Build meaningful relationships and encourage positive life change at a ministry that impacts over 1300 households in West Dallas. Brother Bill’s offers a large food pantry, training classes (including ESL, job training, and healthy living), Bible studies, children’s programs, and a clinic.
Contact: Cynthia Gammill • email@example.com
C. F. CARR ELEMENTARY (www.dallasisd.org/carr)
Serve kids living in West Dallas, a community where most students do not finish high school. Our team focuses on impacting one West Dallas school’s administration, teachers, and students by tutoring, serving at Saturday School, mentoring, providing classroom support, and helping with service projects and outreach.
Contact: Stephanie Schweinfurth • firstname.lastname@example.org
CORNERSTONE CROSSROADS ACADEMY (cornerstonecrossroads.com)
Cornerstone Crossroads is a small faith-based high school in South Dallas that provides transforming education for urban youth, empowering them to impact their present and future communities for Christ. Volunteers can tutor, mentor, provide lunch, or work on a special project.
Contact: Kristi Lichtenberg • email@example.com
INTERFAITH HOUSING COALITION (ihcdallas.org)
Interfaith provides transitional housing for homeless families, while offering holistic services to help them achieve financial stability and employment success. Volunteer opportunities include serving as employment / budgeting mentors, preparing apartments for new residents, tutoring, childcare, cooking children’s dinners, or working with the clothes closet. Within these avenues volunteers can share the love of Christ in words and deeds.
Contact: Ashley & Andra Phillips • watermarkIHC@gmail.com
MERCY STREET (mercystreetdallas.org)
Come join with hundreds of other Watermark members as we build Christ-honoring mentoring relationships in West Dallas. You can help transform a kid’s life – and even whole families – by serving as a mentor for a 4th – 12th grader, or by serving as a baseball or soccer coach.
Contact: West Dallas Team • firstname.lastname@example.org
Encourage inmates by exchanging letters with incarcerated men and women.
Contact: External Focus Team • email@example.com
QUESTCARE CLINIC (questcareclinic.org)
In partnership with QuestCare, Watermark is opening a free urgent care clinic near Skillman and LBJ. This site will offer the opportunity for medical professionals to use their skills to advance the Kingdom and promote health. But there will be many other volunteer needs as well, including pastoral care, discipleship, and translation help.
Contact: Laura Trent • firstname.lastname@example.org
READERS 2 LEADERS (readers2leaders.org)
Build relationships with elementary school students and their parents in West Dallas. Readers 2 Leaders seeks to help all children in West Dallas read at or above grade level. Volunteers can engage in reading intervention and tutoring with elementary students, maintaining a lending library, homework help after school, and training parents to help improve their children’s literacy levels.
Contact: Stephanie Schweinfurth • email@example.com
RESTART 133 (restart133.tumblr.com)
Minister to inmates at Lew Sterrett Country Jail. In conjunction with HOPE Literacy, RESTART 133 is a biblically based life skills program that offers a weekly foundational faith class and bi-monthly health, nutrition, and exercise classes.
Contact: Tara Kirk · firstname.lastname@example.org
Reach lives, restore hope, and redeem community with 2ndSaturday, an inner-city ministry based in West Dallas. Volunteers can participate in large-scale home restorations each second Saturday, as well as deploying their gifts in other ways throughout the month.
Contact: Todd Fields • serve@2ndSaturday.org
SOUTH DALLAS TEAM
Join a team devoted to loving and serving within the Cornerstone Heights community, in partnership with an inner-city church. Volunteer opportunities include serving lunch, helping in the clothing closet, providing a women’s Bible study, and connecting with kids after school.
Contact: Billy Washington • email@example.com
THRIVE WOMEN’S CLINIC (FORMERLY DALLAS PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER) (dallasprc.com)
Thrive Women’s Clinic reaches out to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies. The pregnancy centers, located in strategic areas around Dallas, provide medical information about pregnancy, fetal development, pregnancy termination, post-abortion syndrome, and alternatives to abortion to help women make educated decisions. Thrive also provides clothing for those in need and opportunities for volunteers to mentor women or men.
Contact: Steve Robinson • firstname.lastname@example.org
UNION GOSPEL MISSION (ugmdallas.org)
Help call the homeless and under-resourced of Dallas to a transforming relationship with Christ. Volunteers get the chance to model Christ’s love by serving dinner and connecting individually with residents, and there is opportunity to mentor those in UGM programs.
Contact: Elliott Carpenter • UGM@watermark.org
VICKERY KIDS CLUB
Share the love of God with a small group of inner-city and refugee kids in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood of Northeast Dallas. Lead a group or simply “sit in” as we share a Bible study and do crafts with the kids.
Contact: Charla Dixon • email@example.com
Watermark Justice offers lawyers, legal professionals and others with a passion for justice the chance to promote biblical justice locally and internationally. Participants can take part in justice and discipleship initiatives locally or abroad, attend meetings about the fight for justice, and connect with Watermark Justice’s ministry partners:
- Advocates for Community Transformation (ACT) empowers citizens of West Dallas, through legal advocacy, to combat drugs, prostitution, and crime-ridden properties in their neighborhoods. ACT gives both legal professionals and many others the chance to help transform a community through connecting with residents and participating in events.
- ALARM (African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministry) seeks to develop leaders, reconcile relationships, and transform communities in Africa. ALARM and Watermark Justice regularly host biblically-based leadership conferences for African legal professionals in Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda.
- International Justice Mission is an international human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression. Our work with IJM has included developing training curriculum for pastors and African legal professionals, speaking at local events for IJM, and organizing local lawyers for IJM events.
Contact: Russ Brown • firstname.lastname@example.org
WATERMARK SPANISH-SPEAKING MINISTRY
Watermark continues to extend its relationships within Dallas, and we need people to help us connect with native Spanish speakers on Sunday mornings. Volunteers can help greet individuals and provide information at the Welcome Center, and skilled translators are needed to provide simultaneous Spanish interpretation within the morning services.
Contact: Marcela Herron • email@example.com