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Enter someone's story this season...

Every Christmas season, we offer service opportunities and more - to help you serve, invite your friends, disciple your family, and connect with people in our city. This year, we invite you to enter one of five amazing "untold stories" - or explore other ways to serve!

OUR "UNTOLD STORIES"

Homeless

Everyone has a story.

Our Clinic

Stories. Every. Day.

South Dallas

A big story just below Downtown.

Operation Christmas Child

The story's beyond the shoebox.

Those Serving Overseas

Stories are written in other languages, too.

REMAINING SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Our Highlighted Ministries

As we highlight the "untold stories" above, we're pointing people to ways to serve with them this season. But other Ministry Partners have additional ways to get involved during the holidays! If the below opportunities don't fit, keep scrolling for info on contacting other ministries.

(G) = Good for groups

(F) = Good for families

If you can't find what you need, contact externalfocus@watermark.org

Watermark's Give & Go Booth: Sundays through December 13

Our Give & Go Booth gives members the chance to get info about service opportunities, get Operation Christmas Child supplies, and write notes to our missionaries serving overseas, clinic visitors, and South Dallas school kids. We need hosts to help hand out information, answer questions, and collect the notes and OCC shoeboxes. Sign up and get more details at http://vols.pt/PwuGjj. (G) (F)

Feed the Homeless at UGM: December 23, 27, or 30

Join other Watermark volunteers at Union Gospel Mission to serve dinner on December 9, 12, 23, 27, or 30. Dinner is served between 6:30pm-9:30pm and you can request more details or sign-up by emailing UGM@watermark.org. (G)

Purchase Gifts and Gift Event for Exodus Families: through Sunday, December 13

Help Exodus support women released from incarceration and their kids by adopting a family and purchasing gifts for them during the Christmas season. Reach out to Cynthia at Cynthia@exodusministries.org for more information. (G)

CCA Adopt-a-Student: through Sunday, December 13

Serve with your community group, friends or colleagues by supporting at-risk students at Cornerstone Crossroads Academy. Provide some basics (socks, toiletries, etc) along with one item from a student “wish list” for each student. Click here for info and signup. (G)

Christmas "Store" at Interfaith Housing: December 15-16

Help Interfaith throw the biggest family event of the year at their Christmas store where families and kids “shop” for gifts. You can help wrap gifts, host families, and assist in the Children’s area. Reach out to Joseph at jbrowning@ihcdallas.org for more information and next steps. (G)

QuestCare Clinic Open House: Thursday, December 17

Come and see what God is up to at the clinic. You’ll get a tour of Watermark's Clinic, learn about their vision and how they operate, hear stories of God’s faithfulness, and learn more about how you can be a part of the mission. For details and to signup for Dec. 4, click here. For Dec. 17, click here. For more info or to ask questions, contact cchermak@watermark.org.

CCA Christmas Lunch at Watermark: Friday, December 18

Help host the Cornerstone Crossroads Academy Christmas Lunch for students and staff at Watermark on December 18 from 11am-1pm at the CCA Christmas party. Sign up to bring food for the party and welcome guests. Click here for more info and signup. (G)

Help the Homeless Get Clothes & Showers: December 19

Cornerstone Clothing Closet and Showers offer an opportunity for those in need to choose clean clothing every 30 days and take a shower when the facility is open. Serve by assisting the homeless in distributing clothing and toiletries the 3rd Saturday of each month from 2:00pm-4:00pm. Contact Jerri at jclassie54@yahoo.com for more information. (G)

Host the Homeless at Watermark: Sundays through December 20

Serve as a Room Host for the Welcome Home ministry and help with the Sunday discipleship group and meal following the 11:15am service. Spots available weekly to help set up and tear down for the event, as well as participate in group discipleship discussion and pastoral care opportunities. Email welcomehomemission@gmail.com for details and sign-up. (G)

Sponsor a Sunday with Welcome Home: Sundays through December 20

Groups, families, or individuals can sponsor the Sunday mel following the 11:15am service. Financial sponsorship each Sunday is $300, and you're welcome to participate as well (see above). Email welcomehomemission@gmail.com for details and sign-up. (G) (F)

Lunch for South Dallas Residents: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Work alongside Cornerstone Baptist Church members to serve lunch to their neighbors on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Volunteers are needed at 9:30am so please reach out to Rachel at rachel@cornerstonedallas.org for information and next steps.

Bring Lunch to CCA Students: Weekdays until semester ends

Invest in students and serve the staff of Cornerstone Crossroads Academy by serving with your community group, friends or colleagues to bring the students and staff a school day lunch. Opportunities available M-F at 11:45AM. Email Brandie Burkhalter at brandie@cornerstonecorssroads.com or call 214-426-3282 for details and questions. (G)

Distribute Resources to the Homeless: Weekdays

Help OurCalling serve the homeless by taking orders and distributing resources to guests who come to the center. Shifts are available on Mondays from 11:00-am-4:00pm and Tuesday-Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm. Reach out to Cali McCormac at volunteer@ourcalling.org for more information and to sign-up. (G)

Mentoring Homeless Individuals: Weekdays

Serve with OurCalling to mentor homeless individuals during the daily Bible study offered onsite. Spots are available M-F 2:00pm-3:00pm. Reach out to Brandon Wallace at bwallace@ourcalling.org for more information and sign-up opportunities.

Bible Study with the Homeless: Friday nights

Step in with OurCalling on Friday nights from 7:00-9:00 to serve at the Bridge Homeless Shelter. OurCalling hosts a Bible study each week and you can be a part of it by emailing Cali McCormac at volunteer@ourcalling.org. (G)

"Search and Rescue" with the Homeless: Most Saturdays

Help OurCalling with their Search and Rescue teams, which go into tent communities and meet the needs of the homeless living on the fringes. This opportunity is available every 1st, 2nd, and 4th Saturday of each month from 8:45am-1:00pm. You can sign-up by contacting Cali McCormac at volunteer@ourcalling.org. (G)

Big Birthday Party: Flexible Saturdays or Sundays

Help staff at Exodus throw a birthday party for the moms and children each month that have a birthday in that month. This opportunity is available on any Saturday or Sunday for the month you would like to adopt so contact Cynthia at Cynthia@exodusministries.org for more details and sign-up. (G) (F)

Help Train Residents of South Dallas: Various

Cornerstone Baptist Church offers job training programs, computer classes and resume preparation. You can support individuals by teaching computer classes or assisting with resume preparations. Email Jeffrey at jsehlton63@yahoo.com for class availability and additional information.

Get an Apartment Ready: Flexible

Bring a group to help decorate and make ready an apartment for a new mom and kids moving into Exodus. This opportunity has great flexibility and can be any evening or on the weekend. Reach out to Courtney at courtney@exodusministries.org to sign-up and get additional details. (G)

Host a Drive for Exodus Residents: Flexible

Serve with Exodus by hosting a needs drive based on your own schedule. This is an opportunity to collect consumables that are provided to the all of the residents (click here for a list of items). You can schedule this opportunity with Cynthia at Cynthia@exodusministries.org. (G)

Crafts with Exodus Residents: Flexible

Bring materials to Exodus and teach the residents how to make a craft. Schedule a time with Susan at susan@exodusministries.org and set up a time that fits your schedule. (G)

Women's Homeless Group: Mondays

Serve at OurCalling with the Women’s Bible Study group every Monday morning from 8:30am-9:30am and care for the homeless women of Dallas. Sign-up and receive additional details by emailing Cali McCormac at volunteer@ourcalling.org.

After-school Program with South Dallas Kids: Weekday afternoons

If you have a heart to serve kids, Cornerstone Afterschool Program assists children (K-6th) with homework, projects, and mentoring. Opportunities are available Monday – Thursday 3:00pm-6:00pm. Email Andra Johnson at andra.johnson74@yahoo.com for more information and next steps.

Bible Club with South Dallas Kids: Saturday mornings

Serve with C-Kids on Saturdays from 11:00am-1:00pm and provide a caring environment where kids can learn Christian principles using a Bible Club format. You can teach Bible lessons, serve lunch, or participate in recreation activities by contacting Karen Hawkins at KarenH@stonebriar.org. (G) (F)

Minor Home Repairs for South Dallas Residents: Flexible

Cornerstone Baptist Church assists its church members in renovating properties that were once dilapidated. You can serve by performing minor home repairs. Contact Richard at rsmith@llanoriverfence.com for opportunities to serve.

Additional Service Opportunities

Below you'll find all our Ministry Partners - most have ways to get involved this season and beyond! If you're interested in serving, reach out using the contact info provided!

ACT (actforjustice.org)

Advocates for Community Transformation empowers West Dallas residents to fight for justice in their own community. actdallas@watermark.org

Brother Bill’s Helping Hand (www.bbhh.org)

Brother Bill’s serves hundreds of its West Dallas neighbors with food, training, Bible study, and a clinic. This “well-oiled machine” is developing its community in powerful ways – and you can help. cgammill723@aol.com

C. F. Carr Elementary (www.dallasisd.org/carr)

Carr is our public school partner in West Dallas, a community where most kids don’t finish high school. We’re helping change statistics and building relationships with students, teachers, and staff. traceywbeckwith@gmail.com

Mercy Street (mercystreetdallas.org)

Mercy Street is leaving an incredible mark on its West Dallas community by impacting hundreds of its kids – through mentoring, sports, Bible studies, and more. westdallas@watermark.org

Noteworthy

This “prisoner pen pal” ministry connects Watermark people with incarcerated men and women for discipleship through letters. noteworthy@watermark.org

Readers 2 Leaders (readers2leaders.org)

R2L connects with elementary school students and their parents while building literacy in West Dallas. washbaugh@sbcglobal.net

Reclaimed (reclaimed431.org)

Reclaimed is fighting both the roots and symptoms of trafficking. Participants learn about the underlying issues of this international – and local – problem, then connect with ways to fight it. reclaimed@watermark.org

Restart 133 (restart133.tumblr.com)

This prison ministry connects with local inmates and provides biblical and life-skills training, as well as church services for those behind bars. watermarkrestart@gmail.com

2ndSaturday (www.2ndsaturday.org)

2ndSaturday impacts the senior, low-income, and disabled community in West and South Dallas, starting with their large-scale home restoration projects each month. serve@2ndsaturday.org

Thrive Women’s Clinic thrivewomensclinic.com/support (password: Isaiah44:4)

Thrive welcomes women and men facing unplanned pregnancies to serve parents and help them choose life for their unborn children. pregnancyresource@watermark.org

Vickery Kids Club

VKC shares the love of God with kids from low-income and refugee families in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood near Lake Highlands. vickerykids@watermark.org

Watermark Justice

Watermark Justice offers opportunities to learn about and promote justice to legal professionals and others who are passionate about justice. watermarkjustice@watermark.org

Our Give & Go 2015 Highlight Ministries

Cornerstone Crossroads Academy (cornerstonecrossroads.com)

CCA is a small, South Dallas high school empowering at-risk kids to step beyond their past, graduate high school, and impact their communities for Christ. kristilichtenberg@yahoo.com

Exodus Ministries (exodusministries.org)

Exodus houses formerly incarcerated moms who have been reunited with their kids – and helps develop them spiritually, financially, and emotionally before they leave. exodus@watermark.org

Interfaith Housing Coalition (ihcdallas.org)

IHC provides transitional housing for formerly homeless families – with a variety of programs to help parents and kids to grow toward self-sufficiency. watermarkIHC@gmail.com

OurCalling (ourcalling.org)

OurCalling builds relationships with homeless friends in order to provide practical care and discipleship – both at their center and through searches for homeless individuals throughout the city. ourcalling@watermark.org

QuestCare Clinic (questcareclinic.org)

Watermark’s clinic serves under-resourced Dallas residents and the city itself by offering urgent care near Skillman & LBJ. In the process, relationships are built and a community is engaged with Christ. clinic@watermark.org

South Dallas Team

Connecting with the Cornerstone Heights neighborhood south of Downtown Dallas, the South Dallas Team partners with an inner-city church to make an impact through its constellation of ministries. servesouthdallas@gmail.com

Union Gospel Mission ugmdallas.org

UGM calls the homeless and under-resourced to Christ while providing ongoing shelter and opportunities to grow. ugm@watermark.org



Photo credit (homeless track): Charlie O'Hay via Compfight cc