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Missions

Core Mission Opportunities

For more information about the UPUMC Missions Movement or our Core Missions Partners, please fill out our Mission Movement Interest Form. If you have additional questions, please contact Wanda Hooten.

UPUMC Missions Super Summer Supply Drive

The UPUMC Mission Movement is organizing a collection of school supplies, games, craft materials, and snacks for seniors for Christ’s Foundry, Wesley-Rankin, and Project Transformation throughout June. During Vacation Bible School (VBS), there will be a special focus on supporting core partners' summer and back-to-school activities. The detailed needs of each partner can be found by clicking the links below. You can drop off any donations at UPUMC in the colorful collection stations around the UPUMC campus or order from the Amazon Wish Lists to be sent directly to our mission partners

Christ's Foundry Amazon Wishlist
Christ's Foundry School Supply List
Wesley-Rankin Snacks Needs
Wesley-Rankin Amazon Wishlist

 


Christ's Foundry Back-to-School Bash

Have a blast volunteering at Christ's Foundry's Back-to-School Bash on Sunday, July 27! Several game booths will be there, and volunteers are needed to design and build them, run them, and purchase items from their Back-to-School Bash Amazon Wish List to stock them. You can also volunteer to provide food and drinks (hamburgers, hot dogs, candy, water, sodas, etc.) or support them financially. For more information, contact Rev. Amy Spaur (christsfoundry@gmail.com, 214-704-6628).

Christ's Foundry Bread Ministry

Each Saturday, Christ's Foundry distributes bread and bakery goods to neighbors in need. In May, UPUMC is partnering with Christ's Foundry to provide volunteers who will go to their two partner stores, pick up the bread and bakery goods at 9 AM (stores will have them ready), and deliver them to Christ's Foundry by 10 AM for distribution. To volunteer for one or more Saturdays in May, sign up here! To volunteer for one or more Saturdays after May, sign up here!

Christ's Foundry ESL Class

Volunteer as a teacher or substitute teacher for one-time, in-person events such as Christ's Foundry's Bingo Night to help students practice their English! Bilingual Assistance with registration is available on Wednesday, May 29, or Sunday, June 2. For more information, contact Chris Greer (chris.hawes.greer@gmail.com, 469.834.7100).

Christ's Foundry Food Pantry

On the first Tuesday of every month, from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM, you can help sort and prepare family bags that help many Christ's Foundry families. Tasks include unloading food and sorting and loading it into individual family food bags. This is a great opportunity to teach younger children how to help in this service and makes a great family activity! It does involve some physical activity such as lifting and moving cases of food.

Volunteers with valid driver's licenses are also needed on Tuesdays to pick up a U-Haul in South Oak Cliff, drive to Crossroads Community Ministries for loading, then to Christ's Foundry for unloading, and return the U-Haul. The time commitment is approximately 10 AM-12 PM. No physical labor is required. The church will make a U-Haul reservation under the volunteer's name. Contact Rev. Amy Spaur (christsfoundry@gmail.com, 214-704-6628) for more information. 

Christ's Foundry Piano and Guitar Lessons

Christ's Foundry is looking for teachers who can provide basic piano and guitar lessons for youth beginners. Ideally, it will be a 10-week commitment on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:15 PM. If you would like to volunteer or want more information, please contact Rev. Amy Spaur.

Get more information about UPUMC's partnership with Christ's Foundry.

 


Operación Abrigo Mission Team to Juarez

After our incredible success this Spring of sending a team of over 60 youth and adults to build 5 houses in Juarez, UPUMC is forming an adult mission team to build another home this Fall. The group will be led by Emmy Zumwalt (emmyzumwalt@airskunk.net), an active member at UPUMC and part of both mission teams in March 2023 & 2024. The mission trip dates are November 8-11, and the cost will be $200/person plus airfare. Mark your calendar now and look for more information in the coming months!

Get more information about UPUMC's partnership with Operación Abrigo.

 


Project Transformation Summer Day Camp

Project Transformation will host a summer day camp serving at-risk children from around North Texas, July 8-11! Youth and adult volunteers (age 13+) are needed to read one-on-one with children to maintain and increase their reading levels or lead Bible studies using a curriculum created by PT. Additionally, volunteers have the opportunity to provide community dinners to the 100 college students who help facilitate the summer day camp! If you can help with either or both of these opportunities, please click the links below to sign up!

PT Dinner Volunteers

PT Reading Volunteers

Get more information about UPUMC's partnership with Project Transformation.

 


Wesley-Rankin Afterschool Program

The Wesley-Rankin Afterschool Program provides children and youth activities and homework support, which reinforce core concepts to bolster school academic performance. Students choose from a selection of interest club each semester, including: violin, debate, coding, basketball, and photography. Volunteers assist with classroom support, leading clubs, and building relationships with students Mondays-Thursdays from 3-6 PM. For more information, visit the Wesley-Rankin website.

Wesley-Rankin B3X Summer Camp Supplies

The Wesley-Rankin B3X Summer Camp utilizes hands-on activities to reinforce core learning in science, math, reading, and art! In order for their curriculum to be engaging and individualized for all 180 students, they require a lot of supplies. If you wish to support Wesley-Rankin B3X Summer Camp by purchasing supplies, you can do so by visiting their Amazon Wishlist.

Wesley-Rankin B3X Summer Camp Volunteers

Our largest need for volunteers this summer is our B3X Summer Camp. B3X is a STEAM-based (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) camp that aims to provide our 180 students with individualized and hands-on learning experiences. Volunteers are needed to support classroom instruction, lead small group activities, chaperone field trips, or offer specialty clubs. Volunteers in B3X are integral to providing students with individualization and quality time.
 
UPUMC has agreed to provide volunteers for camp from Monday, July 22, to Wednesday, July 24, from 9 AM to 3 PM. Interested volunteers can find more information and the Summer Volunteer Application on the Wesley-Rankin B3X website here. (Please allow at least 48-72 hours in advance to complete the Wesley-Rankin onboarding process. The minimum age to volunteer is 14. All volunteers must complete the application, sexual abuse awareness training, and online orientation. Volunteers over 18 must also complete a criminal background check.)

Wesley-Rankin Brighter Bites

Wesley-Rankin needs volunteers for their grocery bag assembly! Brighter Bites will deliver large pallets of produce and grocery items to the WR facility every week to be distributed to families. Volunteer groups are needed from 1-2 PM on Tuesdays to bag items so they are ready to go! This volunteer position does not require an application, background check, or other trainings. Volunteers simply need to sign up beforehand.

Wesley-Rankin Scholars Tutors

The Wesley-Rankin Scholars Program collaborates with the June Shelton School, offering tutoring for students with learning differences, Mondays-Thursdays, 2:30-4 PM and Saturdays 9 AM-12 PM. Students learn reading and writing using tools that align with how they best learn. During sessions, tutors will either lead instruction using a multi-sensory structured language (MSL) approach to reading or will utilize auditory discrimination and memory training. Volunteers are required to participate in a full day of initial training before they begin serving. Trainings are offered once per quarter. For more information, visit the Wesley-Rankin Scholars Program website.

Get more information about UPUMC's partnership with Wesley-Rankin.

 


Project Mission Opportunities

Austin Street Cooking

Austin Street Center's mission is to provide safe shelter and meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable homeless. You can partner with Austin Street Center and UPUMC to accomplish this goal by volunteering to shop, boil, cook, deliver & serve on the following weekends:

July 12-14
Oct. 11-13

Shop: for groceries and deliver them before the church closes at noon on Friday.
Cook: Saturday from 9-11 AM in the church kitchen.
Boil: We need 36 dozen eggs delivered to the church by 10:30 AM on Saturday.
Deliver: Pack up the Pigs in a blanket and drive them to Austin Street Center after we finish cooking on Saturday at 11 AM. (Large vehicle required)
Serving: We need a minimum of 8 people to serve on Sunday morning at 6:30 AM at ASC. Carpooling is available.

For more information on this opportunity to serve, or to volunteer, contact Matt Hopkins (214-563-1924) or Christy Baker.

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