GG-HUNGERHunger and poverty are prevalent – even in the U.S., and even in our own backyard. And summer is a time when the pangs of hunger can grow all the more intense, especially with kids who usually have meals at school. But we have a chance to impact this issue. Will you join us?

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LEARN ABOUT HUNGER & POVERTY


Be discipled – or disciple others – about the issues of Hunger and Poverty!

Family Discipleship Guide: Help your kids learn about the issue of Hunger… and learn some things yourself along the way! We’ve put together several resources, including a cartoon and food donation discussion guide: watermark.org/hunger-discipleship.

SPENT online poverty game: You are unemployed… down to your last $1,000… can you make it through the month? Find out at playspent.org/html; then challenge your family or friends to do the same. (And turn your speakers on for the sound!) A great way to better understand the world faced by those in poverty.

Should I give money to the guy on the corner? Here’s an article and audio of an equipping session we did on this ever-present question: watermark.org/blog/give-money-guy-corner

Food Stamp Challenge: What would it be like to live on SNAP (“food stamps”) for one week? Try the Food Stamp Challenge with your family or friends to step into the shoes of the millions who live in this reality. Here are the instructions:

  1. The goal is for each person to pay only a set amount for food and beverages during the Challenge week. The average weekly assistance in Texas was $26.53 per person ($3.79 per day). Family members can pool their resources or only participate separately.
  2. Avoid accepting free food from friends, family, or at work.
  3. Keep track of receipts on food spending and be sure to discuss your experiences throughout the week.
  4. Invite others to join you, including classmates, co-workers, and neighbors.

Make a Homeless Care Kit: These two pages share great tips for putting together a Homeless Care Kit to wisely help the “man on the corner.” Spend time putting some of these together this summer – and giving them away! Download instructions here

Group Study: When Helping Hurts: The Small Group Experience offers a biblical approach to the question, “How can we help the poor without hurting them… and ourselves?” Full of videos and other great content in six lessons, this would be a great way to launch your community or family into impacting your community and world. Purchase at Amazon

Learn about your backyard: Discover facts about your city – things like employment, wages, education, and immigration – through easy-to-navigate maps! A great learning tool for your family, too. Click here http://www.census.gov/censusexplorer/censusexplorer.html


STUFF YOUR TRUNK


Pile food in a bag, boxes, or even fill your car trunk! A great chance to involve family and friends in collecting food… you could even consider a neighborhood food drive!

In lieu of our usual three weeks of “Stuff the Truck,” we’re encouraging you to “stuff your trunk” and take food directly to Brother Bill’s Helping Hand in West Dallas, Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano, or Beautiful Feet in Fort Worth. This is a great chance for you to get to know these organizations. (See dates and times for drop-off below.)

Thanks for those who did participate in our one Sunday of Stuff the Truck in Plano and Dallas! (Please note that we’re not able to receive any more donations at Watermark.)

Food needed (because it’s healthiest): Please bring non-perishable, non-breakable containers of… vegetables (especially spinach, corn, sweet potatoes, and peas), fruit (canned in juice or dried), soup, stew or chili (low-sodium), beans (canned or dried), canned tuna or chicken, peanut or almond butter, whole grain crackers, granola bars, and brown rice. Please do not donate: ramen noodles, other unhealthy options, glass jars, perishable food, or food past its expiration date.

Food drop-off

  • Brother Bill’s Helping Hand, Dallas: Deliver items on weekdays to 3906 N. Westmoreland, Dallas. Contact volunteer@bbhh.org for more info. A special Saturday drop-off opportunity is available on July 11, 9:30am-12pm. Be sure to stick around to see how Brother Bill’s is impacting its neighbors and its community!
  • Plano & Fort Worth: find details here

WAYS TO SERVE


Jump in by yourself, or grab your family or community group to serve the hungry around North Texas! Look for (F) for good family options (including young kids unless otherwise noted), and (G) for good group service.

SERVE DINNER IN SOUTH DALLAS (G)

Saturdays Aug. 1 and Sept. 5 · South Dallas

Feed the homeless and other under-resourced residents of South Dallas at Cornerstone Baptist’s Kitchen. First Saturday of each month (July 4, Aug. 1, Sept. 5), 4-5:30pm. Adults only.

Info & signup: servesouthdallas@gmail.com

SORTING & GROCERY STORE DAYS AT BROTHER BILL’S (F)(G)

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, all summer (and Saturday, Aug. 8) · West Dallas

Join in the fun as Brother Bill’s Helping Hand serves their West Dallas neighbors at their free “Grocery Store.” Restock and sort food on Mondays 9:30am-12pm or Wednesdays 1:30-3:30pm. Or help neighbors at the Grocery Store on Wednesdays or Thursdays, 10am-1pm. There will also be a special Saturday Grocery Store Day on Aug. 8, 9:30am-12pm – this one will fill up fast, so sign up now!

Info & signup: volunteer@bbhh.org.

PACK MEALS FOR MISSION OF HOPE (F)(G)

Friday, Aug. 21, to Sunday, Aug. 23 · North Dallas

Feed My Starving Children is a Christian organization feeding hungry children around the world – and connecting them to education and other impact. FMSC has developed specially formulated meal packs that provide maximum nutrition in a small amount of space. They’re hoping to pack ONE MILLION meals in three days this August – all of which will go to our international partner, Mission of Hope Haiti!

For ages 5 and older; event will be held at Parish Episcopal School, 4101 Sigma Road, Dallas. Registration link will be available on July 10 – but if a group of 20 or more is ready to reserve a spot, please contact Betsy at nowlinfamily@me.com.

For all other info: fmscdallascommunity@gmail.com · Signup (starting July 10): http://bit.do/DallasMP

APARTMENT OPPORTUNITY: FOOD & FUN CLUBS (F)(G)

Available now (any weekdays)

This summer, we have the opportunity to reach kids near Watermark’s Clinic in Lake Highlands. In conjunction with a feeding program, you can connect with apartment kids in a few different ways, whether you want to jump in with others or organize and lead your own “backyard Bible club”-style event.

Contact admin@unitethechurch.org to hear the options and get connected with this awesome opportunity.

NORTH TEXAS FOOD BANK: FOOD SORTING (F)(G)

Tuesdays through Fridays (daytime) all summer

Follow the cans! The North Texas Food Bank provides great opportunities for groups or families to participate in helping our North Texas neighbors get food – and it’s actually a whole lot of fun. Spend a few hours helping sort, and learn about the “charity food chain” in the process – including better understanding what food is best and what happens when you donate. Two shifts each day: 9-11:30am and 1-3:30pm. Kids about 12 and older welcome.

Details about this opportunity here. And sign up directly with NTFB here.

OUTREACH & RESOURCE EVENT FOR THE HOMELESS (F)(G)

Saturday, Aug. 15 · Downtown Dallas

Help OurCalling share resources with the homeless in a family-friendly environment – a great “on-ramp” to homeless ministry. June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, 12-4pm, at 1749 Corsicana St., Dallas (a parking lot across from The Bridge center).

Info & signup: volunteer@ourcalling.org

“SEARCH & RESCUE” WITH OURCALLING (F)(G)

Saturdays (except third Saturdays) all summer · throughout Dallas

Join a group and help locate homeless men and women throughout the Dallas area. Connect with them, follow up on past needs, get prayer requests, and draw out isolated individuals in this exciting morning. Every Saturday 8:45am-1pm (except third Saturdays). Teenagers and older welcome.

Info & signup: volunteer@ourcalling.org

DISTRIBUTE RESOURCES TO THE HOMELESS (F)(G)

Weekdays all summer · near Downtown Dallas

OurCalling has an organized resource-distribution system for homeless men and women at their center near Downtown. Help organize and distribute clothing, backpacks, hygiene kits, and other resources – and connect with men and women in the process. Weekdays 9am-12pm. All ages welcome.

Info & signup: volunteer@ourcalling.org

SERVE DINNER AT UNION GOSPEL MISSION (G)

Various evenings all summer · near Downtown Dallas

Watermark people regularly help serve food to the homeless men of Union Gospel Mission. Spend some time providing a meal, and build relationships in the process! Adults only; 6:30-9pm. Remaining summer dates include:

  • July 22, 23, 25, 26, 29
  • August 8, 12, 22, 23, 26, 27, 30

Info & signup: ugm@watermark.org.

SERVE LUNCH TO THE HOMELESS (F)(G)

Weekdays all summer · near Downtown Dallas

OurCalling seeks to serve as a daily “coffee shop” for the homeless, a respite and relationship point in the middle of the day. Help serve lunch to homeless men and women on Mondays at 12:30pm or Tuesdays – Fridays at 11:30am.

Info & signup: volunteer@ourcalling.org

SERVING IN FORT WORTH or PLANO


If you attend the Fort Worth or Plano campus, we have specific service opportunities – but you should also read this:

  • All of the Learning Resources work for anyone – be sure to check those out above and get going!
  • For equipping events, visit those at the Dallas campus OR request the audio after the event: tarmstrong@watermark.org.
  • The Neighbors Track and Lead the Way Track provide great involvement, regardless of campus.
  • You should check out the above service opportunities – many may be worth the drive or closer than you think!
  • Watermark’s ongoing service in each community is driven by our members, not by our staff. So getting started this summer – and bringing others with you – is the best way to help your campus gain more Ministry Partners and service opportunities. Please also see the Lead the Way Track, where we describe specifics on helping your campus develop its “external focus.”
  • Find a few service opportunities specific to Fort Worth and Plano below (and see several more options in the Kids Track).

FORT WORTH: HOMELESS TEAM

As Fort Worth members have sought to be “missional” in the neighborhood God has placed them, some have taken the initiative to establish outreach and service with the homeless men and women in their area and elsewhere in Fort Worth. If you would like to hear about participating, please contact Mike Ortiz at mikeortiz76063@hotmail.com.

FORT WORTH: BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE HOMELESS

The NET works with the homeless of Fort Worth in a variety of great ways, from weekly “bingo and bagels” to monthly birthday celebrations – and lots of outreach and relationship-building. *Note: The NET isn’t an official ministry partner, so please keep that in mind. But as the FW campus continues to develop its community involvement, this is a great chance to help get to know this ministry. (See the Lead the Way Track for more on this process.) Please let us know about your experience!

Learn more about The NET here. For this opportunity, check out thenetfw.com/homeless

FORT WORTH: IMPACT THE HOMELESS AT UGM TARRANT COUNTY

UGM is another ministry in Fort Worth actively reaching the homeless, including opportunities to serve in their kitchen. See all the opportunities here, but you’ll need to get started through one of their upcoming Volunteer Orientations: Tues., June 16, at 6pm; Fri., June 19, at 10am; or Sat., June 27, at 10am. *Note: UGM Tarrant County isn’t an official ministry partner, so please keep that in mind. But as the FW campus continues to develop its community involvement this is a great chance to help get to know this ministry. (See the Lead the Way Track for more on this process.) Please let us know about your experience!

FORT WORTH & PLANO: STUFF YOUR TRUNK

Pile food in a bag, boxes, or even fill your car trunk! A great chance to involve family and friends in collecting food… you could even consider a neighborhood food drive! In lieu of our usual three weeks of “Stuff the Truck,” we’re encouraging you to “stuff your trunk” and take food directly to Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano or Beautiful Feet in Fort Worth. This is a great chance for you to get to know these organizations. (See dates and times for drop-off below.)

Thanks for those who did participate in our one Sunday of Stuff the Truck in Plano! (Please note that we’re not able to receive any more donations at Watermark.)

Food needed (because it’s healthiest): Please bring non-perishable, non-breakable containers of… vegetables (especially spinach, corn, sweet potatoes, and peas), fruit (canned in juice or dried), soup, stew or chili (low-sodium), beans (canned or dried), canned tuna or chicken, peanut or almond butter, whole grain crackers, granola bars, and brown rice. Please do not donate: ramen noodles, other unhealthy options, glass jars, perishable food, or food past its expiration date.

Food drop-off

  • Minnie’s Food Pantry, Plano: Food drop-off from 8:30-11:00 on Wed. – Sat. But if you can volunteer while you’re there, hours are 8-11:30 on the same days; please schedule beforehand at erica@minniesfoodpantry.org.
  • Beautiful Feet, Fort Worth: NOTE: Beautiful Feet is most helped by larger, “industrial-size” items but is glad to take anything you collect! Food drop-off available daily 8am-1pm Mon.-Sat., 6-9pm Wed., or 6-11am Sun.. If you’re interested in checking out the ministry while you’re there, let them know – and you can attend a worship service at 11:15 daily or help serve a meal at Noon. (Just step up and let them know, and make sure to wear closed-toe shoes and sleeves!) For more info, contact streetfeet@aol.com.

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For questions not answered by the contacts above, email bhines@watermark.org.

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