For each of these ministry partners, please contact the individual indicated. Be sure to tell them about the opportunity you're interested in!
CARR ELEMENTARY & READERS 2 LEADERS
Readers 2 Leaders seeks to help all children in West Dallas read at or above grade level, building relationships with kids and parents in the process! They connect closely with several West Dallas schools, including Watermark's partner school, C. F. Carr Elementary. In a community where most students don't finish high school, Readers 2 Leaders and Watermark are seeking to start early to help turn the tide in West Dallas.
Family opportunities: Families can serve at Saturday Storytime, held the second Saturday of every month at Readers 2 Leaders. And when Back-to-School time approaches, there are often multiple activities that kids and parents can participate in together.
Contact: Susie Ashbaugh · firstname.lastname@example.org
BROTHER BILL'S HELPING HAND
Brother Bill's is a comprehensive ministry that impacts over 1,300 households in West Dallas, offering a food pantry, training classes, Bible studies, children’s programs, and a clinic.
Family opportunities: Weekday (and occasional weekend) "Grocery Store" days are great ways for families to meet Brother Bill's West Dallas neighbors. There are also chances to stock the shelves after the Grocery Store. During the summer months, kids can help with crafts during the Grocery Store, and families can also help with "Birthday Party in a Bag," providing West Dallas children with something they might not otherwise receive - a birthday celebration.
Contact: Cynthia Gammill • email@example.com
CORNERSTONE CROSSROADS ACADEMY
CCA 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.
Family opportunity: Families can have a blast "sponsoring" individual students (i.e., celebrating their birthday, helping with some basic needs like school uniforms and underclothes, etc.). There's also the chance to provide weekday lunches to the teachers and students. For older kids who need service hours, Scouting projects, etc., contact Kristi about doing a special project for the school.
Contact: Kristi Lichtenberg • firstname.lastname@example.org
INTERFAITH FAMILY SERVICES
Interfaith Housing provides transitional housing for previously homeless families, while offering services to help them achieve stability and success.
Family opportunities: Families can help prepare apartments for residents, clean out apartments, organize donations of food or clothes, help in the garden / on the grounds, and help with kids while their parents are in meetings. There may even be opportunities to "adopt" an Interfaith Housing family to prepare their new home and connect with them relationally during their months in the IHC program.
Contact: Lara Jean Landers • watermarkIHC@gmail.com
THRIVE WOMEN'S CLINIC
Thrive Women’s Clinic reaches out to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies, providing education, physical care, and material needs.
Family opportunities: Families can help organize our supplies and stores, donate materials needed by new parents, or even hold a diaper drive with friends to gather lots of resources for new moms and dads!
Contact: Steve Robinson • PregnancyResource@watermark.org
2ndSaturday strives to reach lives, restore hope, and redeem community in the inner city of West and South Dallas.
Family opportunity: Families make up 15-20% of the volunteer force at the monthly Home Restorations. A variety of activities is available as teams restore houses on the second Saturday of each month. Contact the 2ndSaturday team to ask about what ages are appropriate for their present projects.
Contact: Marcus Toussaint • serve@2ndSaturday.org
SOUTH DALLAS TEAM
Our South Dallas Team is devoted to loving and serving in a variety of ways within the Cornerstone Heights community, in partnership with an inner-city church.
Family opportunities: C-Kids on Saturday mornings is a VBS-style time with the kids of South Dallas. Meanwhile, the Homework Center after school is another chance for families to jump in to help tutor and to play.
Contact: Billy Washington • email@example.com
Mercy Street builds Christ-honoring mentoring relationships with hundreds of kids in West Dallas.
Family opportunities: Mercy Street provides the opportunity for Watermark families to introduce their children to the children of West Dallas... and find that both groups are impacted! Contact Ken to find out more about these opportunities, which include mentoring a fourth-grader or coaching a West Dallas soccer or baseball team (that your child can play on, too).
Contact: Ken Dawkins • firstname.lastname@example.org
ADVOCATES FOR COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION
Advocates for Community Transformation (ACT) empowers citizens of West Dallas to combat injustice 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.
Family opportunity: Monthly prayer walks around the neighborhood allow ACT and volunteers to get to know neighbors and seek the Lord on behalf of this area of our city!
Contact: Valerie Maniscalco • email@example.com
Restart 133 ministers to inmates at Lew Sterrett Country Jail, building relationships over time through a variety of spiritual and practical courses.
Family opportunity: Families could "adopt an inmate" to pray for him or her specifically each week.