Below are some ways you can get involved locally. For more information on how you can volunteer or to sign up for special events, contact Rev. Michelle Clark at or in the church office at 817-274-2571.
New Day, a ministry that supports food insufficient students in Arlington ISD, has opened it's fourth site at Good Shepherd UMC. Each week, over 2000 bags are packed for students to receive each weekend. We believe God calls us to serve our neighbor at the most basic levels, and would love for you to partner with us.
Ways to Be Involved:
- Package and assemble food with us each week, typically Mondays.
- Be a delivery driver on Wednesday mornings to our school partners.
- Help to transport food from wholesale to the pantry at the Good Shepherd UMC.
- Donate money directly to New Day here or through First UMC Arlington to New Day to purchase the food.
- Donate single serving packages of food from the following list to the church office at Good Shepherd UMC:
mac and cheese cups
individual cereal boxes
juice boxes (100% juice only)
chef boyardee cups
Note: No products may contain nuts or be made in a facility where cross contamination might occur.
For more information on getting involved, contact Rev. Molly Hayes, Lead Pastor at Good Shepherd UMC.
PARTNER WITH LOCAL SCHOOLS
(Webb Elementary & Kooken Educational Center)
We have volunteer opportunities available at a couple of our local schools! Throughout the school year we provide teacher encouragement & appreciation (goody bags, breakfasts, etc). Other opportunities include volunteering at special events like Trunk or Treat.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING
One of the primary ways the Central Texas Conference responds to disasters is via our Early Response Teams (ERT). The Central Texas Conference ERTs respond to disasters within the conference, as well as to help other areas facing disasters. The mission of an Early Response Team is to provide a caring presence in the aftermath of a disaster, under very specific guidelines that enables a team to be productive and caring while causing no further harm or being a burden to the affected community.
If you are called to serve as a member of the CtC ERt, you must register and participate in one of the trainings taught throughout the year. These trainings are taught by "authorized" UMCOR trainers, and team members are given authorized ERT ID badges from UMCOR as evidence of completing the training. The topics covered in the class include the who, what, when, where and how of doing disaster response ministry, as expected to accomplish in the face of a disaster. All volunteers must have completed the ERT training, in addition to Ministry Safe.
If interested in completing the requirements to be an ERT member, please contact Michelle Clark for more information.
Children. College students. Churches. The mission of Project Transformation Central Texas is to engage young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry, support children in holistic development, and connect churches with communities. Here are a few ways you can help support Project Transformation through First UMC Arlington this summer during June and July.
- Be a reading partner to elementary students
- Serve dinner at Family Night
- Feed interns (approx. 30) at various dinners throughout summer
Learn more about Project Transformation online.
When it's safe to travel and serve together again, we'll be taking a mission trip to Sager-Brown UMCOR depot in Louisiana. Check back for more details.
LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS AND PROJECTS
The Life Shelter is Arlington’s primary homeless shelter. It provides short-term shelter and services that assist the homeless integrate into their own housing and find employment if needed. FUMC of Arlington supports the Life Shelter through two dinner teams and two breakfast teams per month.
- Miscellaneous projects throughout the year such as helping process mailings, teaching classes, helping with the children, etc.
- To volunteer for other projects please call: 817-548-9885
- Work on a food team, make sandwiches
Collaboration by Arlington United Methodist churches to provide assistance to those in transition or crisis through financial assistance, emergency food and toiletries and spiritual support.
- Assist in the AUM office with clerical duties or seeing clients
- Organize a food drive
- Assist FUMC of Arlington as we participate in decorating stockings and stuffing them at Christmas.
- To volunteer, please visit their website and fill out the volunteer application.
- Mobile food pantry, once a month
A program designed to provide an evening of respite for parents of special needs children once a month. A team of volunteers provides childcare the first Friday of each month while parents enjoy a night out with friends and family or tend to home needs.
- Be a playmate to a special needs child or sibling
- Provide a meal for the volunteers
- Provide special entertainment such as storytelling, music, magic tricks, etc.
- Volunteer coordinator: Rev. Kay Lancaster 817-274-2571
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
An ecumenical partnership of God’s people in building affordable houses to help strengthen neighborhoods. Both FUMC of Arlington as a whole, as well as individual Sunday school classes, participate in Habitat projects during the year.
- Construction—build on a worksite
- Assist with special events
- Help in the office with clerical duties
- Volunteer Coordinator for the church: Michelle Clark 817-274-2571
OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED IN ARLINGTON
- Join upcoming mission projects by contacting Michelle Clark, mission and outreach coordinator
- Work with the children at the Life Shelter with reading and evening activities while parents are in classes.
- Bake cookies and make placemats for Kairos Prison Ministry that participate in four weekends per year at the men’s and women’s prisons.
- Assist at the Christian Women’s Job Corps by mentoring a participant, helping out in the office, leading or assisting in the classroom, helping with technology – there is something for everyone!
- Go on a short-term trip to the south Texas coast to help rebuild after Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
- Build with Habitat for Humanity or provide food for volunteers that are working to provide affordable housing to families in Tarrant, Johnson, and Erath counties.
- Partner with Project Transformation team at FUMC to provide meals or be a summer reading buddy for a week for struggling students trying to improve their reading.
- Connect with the Wesley Foundation student ministry at the University of Texas at Arlington. Provide a meal for worship night, “adopt” a student not from this area, assist pastor with special projects.
- Be a Clinic Day Volunteer at Justice for our Neighbors. Do you have good people skills and an interest in meeting people from foreign lands? Can you provide a warm welcome while at the same time collecting very personal and confidential information? Help 1 or 2 times per month on a weekday for 3 or 6 hours (morning or afternoon… or both!) Days of Service: Second Wednesday at Genesis United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Second Thursday at Arapaho United Methodist Church, and Second Saturday at First United Methodist Church Grapevine.
- Help receive and sort food at Arlington Charities.
- Drive for Meals on Wheels and connect with local elderly or disabled who need the nutrition and friendship.
- Sing, play the piano, do crafts at a nearby nursing facility