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Welcome from the External Focus team at Watermark! Our goal is to mobilize people to share the gospel and demonstrate God’s love by serving others in our city and around the world.

At Watermark, we believe that we’re all “on mission,” all the time. You might say that life is a long-term mission trip. So every day and every appointment is a short-term mission opportunity. Since the highest commandments are to love God and love and serve others, it’s our job to share the love of Christ with people we see every day – whether we’re in North Texas or halfway across the globe.

You'll find our Local Ministry Partners below, complete with contact info so you can ask questions or jump in. Or to learn more about our overseas impact, visit our International External Focus page.

And feel free to contact our team anytime: externalfocus@watermark.org

Give & Go

You'll find plenty of summer service opportunities, PLUS serving guides to DIY.

International External Focus

Discover how Watermark partners and makes an impact all over the world.

EF Blog

Our notes on joining God's adventure beyond the walls of Watermark.

Straightforward Service

The newest service opportunities for you to share, delivered straight to your inbox once a month.

External Focus Resources

Find books, do-it-yourself guides, & more to help you grow your external focus!


Local Ministry Partners

ACT

Impact: Families, Justice, West Dallas. Advocates for Community Transformation brings justice to the residents of West Dallas by fighting crime and blight. By engaging residents and building community in this multi-racial neighborhood, ACT is seeing powerful results, and both legal professionals and others can take part!

Contact: actdallas@watermark.org · Ministry site: actforjustice.org

Brother Bill's Helping Hand

Impact: Families, Health, Poverty, West Dallas. Serves over 1300 households in West Dallas through its large food pantry, training classes (including job skills, ESL, and healthy living), Bible studies, and a clinic. Many weekday chances to volunteer and some weekend opportunities as well.

Contact: cgammill723@aol.com · Ministry site: www.bbhh.org

Buckner International

Impact: Families, Kids, Poverty. Buckner has addressed the plight of foster kids and orphans, senior adults, and low-income families for over a century. Volunteers can serve in a variety of ways, including sorting shoes for kids, building relationships with low-income families, and “adopting” foster families with your Community Group!

Contact: lkmiller@buckner.org · Ministry site: buckner.org

Cornerstone Crossroads Academy

Impact: Education, Kids, South Dallas. CCA is empowering at-risk kids to step beyond their past, graduate high school, and impact their communities for Christ. This small, inner-city Christian school offers a variety of great ways to serve the students and faculty – one time or all year long.

Contact: efleader@cornerstonecrossroads.com · Ministry site: cornerstonecrossroads.com

Ends of the Earth

Impact: Families, Kids, Poverty. Ends of the Earth is an “umbrella” that encompasses a variety of opportunities to reach international people in our own backyard! Connect with this ministry to learn about serving refugee families, international college students, or those of different cultures who attend Watermark. Reach the “ends of the earth,” right here in DFW!

Contact: ocastillo@watermark.org

Exodus Ministries

Impact: Families, Poverty, Prison Ministry. Exodus Ministries houses formerly incarcerated moms who have been reunited with their children, and helps them achieve a productive and fulfilling life through Christ. Volunteers can participate in mentoring, preparing apartments for residents, childcare, training classes, and more.

Contact: exodus@watermark.org · Ministry site: exodusministries.org

Interfaith Family Services

Impact: Families, Housing, Poverty. Provides transitional housing for homeless families and gives them training for vocational, spiritual, and family development. Volunteers can set up apartments for new families, mentor on budgeting or job issues, tutor, connect with kids, and more.

Contact: watermarkinterfaithdallas@gmail.com · Ministry site: ihcdallas.org

Mercy Street

Impact: Kids, West Dallas. Mercy Street is developing the West Dallas community by impacting hundreds of its kids! You can join many other Watermark volunteers by directly mentoring a young kid – or make an impact by coaching, forming a “fan club” for sports teams with your community group, or helping with a Bible study.

Contact: westdallas@watermark.org · Ministry site: mercystreetdallas.org

Noteworthy

Impact: Prison Ministry. Encourages incarcerated men and women by pairing them with “pen pals.” Volunteers will be trained and have the chance to impact and disciple via letters and cards throughout the year.

Contact: noteworthy@watermark.org

OurCalling

Impact: Poverty. OurCalling builds relationships with homeless friends in order to provide real care and see lives change. Volunteers can help distribute resources to those who visit the center, mentor and disciple, help with recovery, or even help locate people on the streets of Dallas to pray with them and discern needs!

Contact: ourcalling@watermark.org · Ministry site: ourcalling.org

QuestCare Clinic

Impact: Families, Health. Our clinic serves under-resourced Dallas residents and the city itself by offering urgent care near Skillman & LBJ. Medical professionals can use their skills on-site or by referral; other volunteers can help on weekdays with the front desk, pastoral care, discipleship, and translation.

Contact: clinic@watermark.org · Ministry site: questcareclinic.org

Readers 2 Leaders

Impact: Education, Families, Kids, West Dallas. R2L connects with elementary school students and their parents while building literacy in West Dallas. Volunteers can help with kids’ reading intervention and homework, train parents to improve their children’s literacy, or serve as a “Reading Buddy” in a West Dallas school.

Contact: washbaugh@sbcglobal.net · Ministry site: readers2leaders.org

Questions? Ideas? Want help jumping in?

Reclaimed

Impact: Justice. Reclaimed is fighting both the roots and the symptoms of trafficking. Participants will learn about the underlying issues of this international – and local – problem. Then they’ll have the chance to connect with a local organization to bring justice and healing to those affected by this devastating industry.

Contact: reclaimed@watermark.org · Ministry site: reclaimed431.org

Restart 133

Impact: Health, Prison Ministry. Restart 133 ministers to local inmates by providing biblical and life-skills training inside the jail. Volunteers share truth through a weekly foundational faith class (similar to Equipped Disciple) and regular health classes. The team also meets monthly for training and support.

Contact: watermarkrestart@gmail.com · Ministry site: restart133.tumblr.com

School Impact

Impact: Education, Families, Kids. The School Impact team sees the schools in our own backyards as places to invest deeply in service. Members can connect with our current school partners – Northlake Elementary in Lake Highlands, RISD Academy in Richardson, Withers Elementary in NW Dallas, and Sigler Elementary in Plano. Or, the team can coach you to impact your own local school.

Contact: schools@watermark.org

2ndSaturday

Impact: Housing, Poverty, South Dallas, West Dallas. From their huge monthly home restoration efforts to social businesses that employ local residents, 2ndSaturday is reaching lives, restoring hope, and redeeming community in West and South Dallas. Volunteers can start with the big event (each second Saturday of the month) and then plug in further.

Contact: serve@2ndSaturday.org · Ministry site: www.2ndsaturday.org

South Dallas Team

Impact: Kids, Poverty, South Dallas. Our South Dallas Team connects volunteers with the Cornerstone Heights neighborhood just south of Downtown Dallas. In partnership with an inner-city church, volunteers feed and clothe neighbors, provide a women’s Bible study, connect with kids after school, or work on events during the year—and fall in love with the neighborhood and its great people in the process.

Contact: servesouthdallas@gmail.com

Thrive Women's Clinic

Impact: Health, Justice, West Dallas (& two other locations). Thrive Women’s Clinic reaches out to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies to serve parents and help them choose life for their unborn children. Located in a few strategic Dallas locations, Thrive clinics provide medical information, mentor women and men, help prepare for parenthood, and help clients with material needs.

Contact: pregnancyresource@watermark.org · Ministry site: thrivewomensclinic.com/support (use password: Isaiah44:4)

Vickery Kids Club

Impact: Kids. Each week during the school year at Vickery Kids Club, a small, committed team of Watermark volunteers shares the love of God with inner-city and refugee kids in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood near Lake Highlands. Lead a group or simply sit in for a Bible study and crafts with the kids.

Contact: vickerykids@watermark.org

Welcome Home

Impact: Poverty. Welcome Home hosts the homeless men and women of Dallas, right here at Watermark, every weekend. They pick up these men and women to help them attend worship services – and build discipling relationships with them. Volunteers can help with pickup, providing meals after worship services, and discipling.

Contact: welcomehomemission@gmail.com · Ministry site: facebook.com/WelcomeHomeMission


Interested in how we pick partners?

Be sure to check out this article. And this PDF offers a roadmap for the process.


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