A willingness to serve is the greatest indicator of a Christ-focused and healthy church. First United Methodist Church of Arlington is committed to providing its members opportunities to serve and share the love of Christ with our neighbors and with people around the world. Below are some of the many ways you can get involved at First UMC Arlington

School Partners

Missions & Outreach

Did you know we have teams who work closely with our school partners? Each school is unique in its needs from packing food, supporting teachers, going on field trips, and cleaning library books. If you'd like to get involved with Kooken, Thornton, or Carter reach out to Pastor Molly.

Ongoing Campus Needs

We have ongoing needs for each campus. When you are out shopping and you see items on sale, pick some up and bring them to COGS or FUMCA so that we can get them to the campus.

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Below is a list of ongoing positions we're recruiting for our partnership schools:
Resource Team Member 

This team is constantly looking for resources that might benefit the school staff and students from local community organizations and even the AISD website. We’ve learned school staff is so overwhelmed they don’t always have time to peruse for what is available realizing often times things change. Someone who serves in this way will be comfortable to research by phone or computer resources in our area, call and verify resources are available to lighten the burden, to communicate with the liaison team findings and updates to be passed on to school contacts. 

The below volunteer positions are needed at each partner school :

School Liaison  

This person serves as the primary contact or bridge between school staff and our church. The hope is this will lift burden from overwhelmed school personnel so they have one person to call. This person will be friendly, flexible, organized, excellent listener, creative problem solver, and a clear communicator. An example of this role: 

A student loses a button so their pants no longer stay up. The nurse has the number of the liaison (or back up) and explains the situation and agrees to help if at all possible. The liaison then recruits a member of their team or the church staff to deliver the necessary uniform pants for the students success. 

Back Up/Co-Liaison 

This person is willing to work alongside the liaison and team so if the liaison has other commitments, they can step in to serve in the role. 

School Runner 

This person is willing to act quickly in response to needs identified and deliver items or support as needed. They will communicate with the liaison and other members to figure out how to best and quickly meet the identified need. Ideally, each school would be supported by a dedicated group of 3-5 people who would then provide leadership should any one-time events occur at their school. These people would be: flexible, kind, responsive, easy access to reliable transportation. 

One Time Event Coordinator 

As schools identify needs for things (literacy night help, classroom moves, clean up projects) this person will work alongside church staff to provide leadership and organization for these type of one-time events. This person is organized, comfortable leading others, a good communicator, and flexible.

Staff Encourager 

This person helps to identify and coordinate ways that the school staff might be encouraged throughout the year – cards, breakfasts, lunches, welcome baskets, small thank you note as identified in conversation with the school liaison and staff. This person is creative and kind-hearted, able to work with a team to accomplish the encouragement task at hand. 

AISD Approved Volunteer

School Partnership volunteers must be AISD approved volunteers. Below are instructions for becoming an AISD approved volunteer:

aisd volunteer application

Thank you for your interest in promoting a great learning environment for the students of the Arlington Independent School District. All volunteers must submit an online application every year (this year’s application is good through June 10, 2022) and upload a copy of your unexpired government-issued photo ID to the volunteer application.

Once officially approved, your volunteer status for the school year is immediately accessible through the selected school(s).  You will also receive a system-generated email notification from "donotreply@raptortech.com", (check your SPAM) once approved. Please contact the Parent & Community Engagement Department concerning all approval issues.

If you are an AISD teacher, staff member, or substitute, please still fill out the volunteer approval form to make sure we are in compliance with the volunteer process. 

  1. Log onto the AISD website at www.aisd.net/volunteer
    • Click on “Volunteer Application”  
    • Complete the volunteer application.  When selecting schools, please include Kooken Ed Center, Thornton Elem, and Carter JH. 
  1. Submit a copy of your unexpired government issued ID to Please place your name in the “subject line” of the e-mail. 
  2. The PACE Department will match your application and ID copy, then submit the criminal background check to the Texas Department of Public Safety. 
    • Upon completion/approval of the criminal background check, the PACE Department will update approved volunteer list in Raptor Technologies.  
  1. You will receive an e-mail from indicating your volunteer application approval.