GG-KIDSOne of the best ways to impact a life is to reach someone when they’re young. And one of the best ways to impact a community, city, or country is to impact its kids. We – and you – have the strategic opportunity to impact numerous children and teens this summer, so let’s get started!

Share your adventures online using #giveandgo – we’d love to see the fun! You can also send us pictures and stories at externalfocus@watermark.org.

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LEARN ABOUT IMPACTING KIDS


Disciple yourself – or others! – about ways to impact kids in our city and beyond.

RESOURCES

Backyard Bible Club guide: Interested in impacting kids in your own neighborhood? This guide offers five great “days” with activities and Bible story, so you’ll have everything you need! Great for a group to do together, too. Download it here

Engaging Your Neighborhood School: If you’re interested in making a lasting impact with kids, impact their school! Whether your kids attend or not, there’s probably a school close to you that you could engage with. How should you get started? Download our recent seminar on this topic here.

Share Christ’s love with kids online: Need Him Ministries connects with kids via social media and TV, inviting them to ask questions about religion and Jesus. Jump into the adventure of impacting at-risk and hurting teens from your living room at needhimvolunteer.com. (Be sure to read carefully; this is not a small task!)

Book: Read the compelling story of two kids with the same name – whose histories diverged from a similar beginning. The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates is a secular book but a powerful way to gain understanding on the issues people face. Click here to buy.

Learn about kids in 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


WAYS TO SERVE


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

BIBLE STUDY MEALS AT MERCY STREET (F)(G)

Wednesday nights through July · West Dallas

Mercy Street is mentoring the kids of West Dallas in a variety of ways. As they gather for Bible studies, you can help feed the kids, then stick around to eat and fellowship! Bring a meal to Mercy Street, or prepare it in their kitchen. 6:30pm Wednesdays.

Info & signup: rachel@mercystreetdallas.org

INTERCESSORY PRAYER FOR KIDS & LEADERS (F)(G)

Monday – Thursday evenings through July · West Dallas

Mercy Street is impacting kids throughout West Dallas, and they know prayer is vital to their mission! Intercede for kids and leaders during their weekly Bible studies: Mondays 7:30-9pm, Tuesdays 5:30-7pm, Wednesdays 6:30-8pm, or Thursdays 4-5:30pm.

Info & signup: nicole@mercystreetdallas.org

SNACK OR LUNCH FOR CCA KIDS (F)(G)

Mondays – Thursdays through Aug. 6 · South Dallas

Cornerstone Crossroads Academy’s summer school students greatly appreciate snacks or light lunches from volunteers! This is a great way to get to know their students and the work of our partner. CCA provides paper/plastic goods, and students typically drink water, so volunteers bring lunch for 20 students and staff. (They can serve the food or just drop off.) Open 10am-1pm, Mondays through Thursdays.

Signup: Click here

TUTOR TEENS AT INTERFAITH HOUSING (G)

Weekdays through Aug. 14 · East Dallas

Interfaith Housing Coalition reaches formerly homeless families, and teenagers in these families face a special sort of adjustment. Tutors over the summer have the chance to connect with them while helping with math and reading, book club, and character development games as they prepare to progress through junior high or high school.

Info & signup: jbrowning@ihcdallas.org

TEACHER WORK DAYS AT CARR (F)(G)

Thursday, Aug. 13, and Friday, Aug. 14 · West Dallas

Help the teachers of our partner school, Carr Elementary, as they prepare for another school year! Help a teacher get his/her room ready, or assist with the rest of the campus by cleaning lockers or decorating bulletin boards. Help anytime Aug. 13 or 14 between 9am and 3pm.

Info & signup: traceywbeckwith@gmail.com

CHILDREN’S DAY CHAMPION (F)

Weekdays through Aug. 14 · East Dallas

Interfaith Housing Coalition is transitioning families out of homelessness! Children’s Day Champions help during the kids’ summer day camp at Interfaith, with lots of opportunities: helping lead group activities, supervising computer use, mentoring, tutoring, chaperoning a trip outside or off property, etc.. Help anytime for 3 hours or so, between 9am and 6pm Monday – Friday. Under 16 years-old can help but will need adult supervision.

Info & signup: jbrowning@ihcdallas.org

BACK-TO-SCHOOL CARNIVAL AT BROTHER BILL’S (F)(G)

Saturday, Aug. 15 · West Dallas

Get kids off to a great start for the new school year. Connect with kids of West Dallas and their families, and help distribute backpacks and school supplies at Brother Bill’s carnival! Sat., Aug. 15, 10am-1pm.

Info & signup: volunteer@bbhh.org.

CARR BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT (F)(G)

Thursday, Aug. 20 · West Dallas

Help us serve the staff and families at our public school partner, C. F. Carr Elementary, by serving dinner and passing out school supplies at their back to school event. Aug. 20, 5-7 p.m.

Info & signup: traceywbeckwith@gmail.com

KIDS’ CRAFT TIME (F)

Wednesdays & Thursdays all summer, and Saturday, Aug. 8 · West Dallas

Spend time with kids from the community while their parents get much-needed food at the Brother Bill’s Helping Hand “Grocery Store.” Bring your own simple craft for kids, or use the ministry’s materials and books. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am-12:30pm, and select Saturdays – July 11 and Aug. 8 – from 9:30am-12pm.

Info & signup: volunteer@bbhh.org

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.

SMALL GROUP LEADERS FOR WEST DALLAS KIDS

As Watermark people have developed relationships with West Dallas kids, some have joined Watermark’s Student Ministries! So the next step is to develop small groups that can help those kids find deeper community and a group to hang with at Watermark. Would you be willing to step up for this awesome leadership opportunity? Contact bhines@watermark.org if you’re interested or have questions.

CHILDREN’S NIGHT CHAMPIONS (F)(G)

Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer · East Dallas

Interfaith Housing Coalition helps formerly homeless families become self-sustaining. Help with the kids while parents are in Financial Coaching – prepare and serve a meal, eat with the kids, help with cleanup, and then assist teachers with educational and enriching activities. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8pm. Those under 16 can help but need adult supervision.

Info & signup: jbrowning@ihcdallas.org

CHILDCARE FOR EXODUS KIDS (F)(G)

Weekday evenings and some Saturdays all summer · East Dallas

Exodus Ministries is impacting formerly incarcerated moms, and they need childcare help every weekday from 6-8pm, while the kids’ moms are in class. Some Saturdays are also needed, when mothers have a special event or class. (Check with them on Saturday dates.)

Info & signup: susan@exodusministries.org

KIDS CAMP AT BROTHER BILL’S HELPING HAND (F)(G)

Weekdays all summer · West Dallas

Plan and lead a Kids’ Camp with a variety of possible themes, on any weekdays throughout the summer! (Any kids helping should be school-aged or up.) An awesome chance to help with Brother Bill’s mission to love their neighbors well. Flexible schedule. Camps needed:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Science
  • Volleyball (nets and balls provided)

Info & signup: volunteer@bbhh.org.

ORGANIZE SPORTS EQUIPMENT AT MERCY STREET (G)

All summer · West Dallas

Mercy Street’s sports leagues are one great way they connect with kids and begin mentoring them. Help Mercy Street inventory and organize its sports equipment, in preparation for soccer season in the fall!

Info & signup: lee@mercystreetdallas.org

C-KIDS BIBLE CLUB (F)(G)

Saturdays all summer · South Dallas

Serve the youth of the inner city through C-Kids, a “Vacation Bible School”-style program organized by Cornerstone Baptist Church. Several volunteer opportunities available each Saturday; 10am-1pm.

Signup: ckids.ivolunteer.com. More info: servesouthdallas@gmail.com.

READING ROOM (F)

Tuesdays & Fridays all summer · West Dallas

Brother Bill’s Helping Hand is impacting their West Dallas neighbors through a variety of programs that offer far more than just relief! In this opportunity, you can read to West Dallas kids at Brother Bill’s Helping Hand, while their moms are in the Exercise Class. Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 – 10:30am.

Info & signup: volunteer@bbhh.org.

SUMMERTIME FIELD TRIPS FOR KIDS (F)(G)

Available all summer

Exodus houses formerly incarcerated women with their kids, and this is a chance to take the kids off-campus to your own planned adventure! Go to the park down the street with the kids for an hour, take them swimming, go play kickball, jump at the trampoline park, go bowling, or visit a museum. Great for groups to pitch in together, but available for anyone.

Info & signup: susan@exodusministries.org


WAYS TO GIVE


Invest in the lives of kids by providing resources for babies, children, and older students. In many cases, these opportunities also give you a great chance to connect with the ministry and learn a little bit about their mission.

WEST DALLAS SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

Help us support our West Dallas partners – C. F. Carr Elementary and Readers 2 Leaders – by providing funds for school supplies for elementary aged children. For just $20, you can provide a complete set of supplies and a drawstring backpack for a child!

To participate, provide a check made out to Watermark with “Readers 2 Leaders” in the memo line. Or donate online by clicking here.

SUMMER BOOK DRIVE FOR WEST DALLAS KIDS

Collect books this summer · donate in September

Help kids in West Dallas get books! Collect new or very gently used books for kids (preschool through elementary-age), OR raise money to purchase books as a family to donate! (Ideas include having your kids collect “pledges” toward the number of pages or books they read over the summer, hosting a garage sale, or using a lemonade stand or cookie stand.)

Instructions for drop-off: Bring books to Watermark Kids Live! on Friday, Sept. 11. Or you can drop off in the tower lobby at the Dallas Campus on Sunday, Sept. 13. Or if purchasing books, this Amazon wish list allows you to ship directly to Readers 2 Leaders: tinyurl.com/amazonR2L.

For more info: stephanie@readers2leaders.org

EXODUS MINISTRIES: KIDS & FAMILY RESOURCES

Exodus helps reconnect formerly incarcerated women with their kids, and they help the moms to grow and become self-sustatining in a supportive environment.

Summer is a great time to donate various items for these families. Here’s an UPDATED list of needs: shampoo, conditioner, Ziploc baggies (all sizes), aluminum foil, clear plastic wrap, cribs, Pack ‘n Plays, diaper bags, purses, wallets, swimsuits (women’s & children’s), sandals (women’s & children’s), flip-flops (women’s & children’s), sleepwear (women’s & children’s), house shoes / slippers (women’s), curling irons, flat irons, hair dryers.

Exodus is also looking for someone to donate a new, self-standing basketball hoop.

For info, contact exodus@watermark.org · Web site: exodusministries.org

THRIVE WOMEN’S CLINIC: ITEMS FOR BABIES

Thrive connects with moms facing unplanned pregnancy and helps them choose life for their babies. In the process, they care for parents and babies materially, too, offering resources that are “earned” via educational programs and childbirth classes. By donating items to Thrive, you help provide for these new families.

The needs (new or gently used items): infant hooded towels, pacifiers, washcloths, quality bottles and nipples, booties/socks, baby wipes, newborn gowns/sleepers, baby wash/shampoo, receiving blankets, formula (Enfamil Lipil), clothing for 0-9 months, disposable diapers, Pack ‘n Plays, high chairs, new cribs, crib mattresses, swings, strollers, bassinets.

***New or gently used baby equipment is greatly appreciated, but it must meet current safety standards and have all parts. Please include instruction manuals.

More info: pregnancyresource@watermark.org

MISSION OF HOPE HAITI ORPHAN SPONSORSHIP

Mission of Hope Haiti is a ministry that serves a region of Haiti north of Port-au-Prince through a school, an orphanage, food distribution, and local construction that builds homes for families. MOH also provides medical care to the region, including providing prosthetic limbs to those who need them.

Watermark families can directly sponsor kids to help provide a Christ-centered education and a meal each day. Visit mohhaiti.org/child-sponsorship to find out more.

ALARM TRADE SCHOOL SPONSORSHIP

Help us participate in the education of Ugandan young adults! Watermark has been involved for seven years in the construction and development of a trade school in Pader, Uganda. The school teaches and disciples teens and young adults whose education was interrupted by civil war. There are currently over 190 students attending the vocational-style school and studying building, carpentry, agriculture, computer skills, and tailoring in a two-year program.

To participate, please provide a check to Watermark for any amount, with “ALARM Trade School” in the memo line.


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: bhines@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 couple of service opportunities specific to Fort Worth and Plano below (and see several more options in the Hunger Track).

FORT WORTH: IMPACT REFUGEE & LOW-INCOME KIDS

The NET works with kids at the Ladera Palms apartment complex, which is populated primarily by resettled refugees from all over the world (including Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East). Their summer activities include discipleship AND fun recreational and educational field trips. *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. Please let us know about your experience!

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

PLANO: CONNECTING WITH LOCAL SCHOOLS

A few leaders have begun looking at ways to partner with one or more local schools! If you’re interested in joining this effort, please contact Marcus Toussaint at mtoussaint@gmail.com. We’d also encourage you to listen to the audio from our recent event about engaging your local school. (See “Learn about Impacting Kids” section for info.)

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

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