Please click to our Get Involved page for current opportunities of community outreach available at Walnut Hill UMC.
Neighborhood involvement is important to Walnut Hill, so we've partnered with two area schools to provide support to teachers and students. Whether it's hosting a start-of-the-year teacher lunch, providing school supplies, or being an angel tree gift giver at Christmas, we offer to our local schools needed resources, support and encouragement.
Our love and care for our local elementary students grows each year. Walnut Hill has many opportunities where you can make a difference:
Apple Tree and Back to School Teachers Lunch
Each year we collect hundreds of school supplies for teachers for classroom use. You can donate supplies from the list provided. You can also help cook for the teachers' luncheon held during the third week of August. Our United Methodist Women sponsor this event. Get involved by contacting Fran Collins at [email protected]
During December, school counselors share with us some of the pressing needs that families are facing over the holidays. Some years we have provided gifts for those who were left off of Salvation Army angel tree due to funding cuts. Other years, we have given coats and mittens. Our mission is to offer whatever will help meet the needs of Cigarroa families for the holidays. We always appreciate additional assistance in meeting these needs. For information on this project, contact Gary Fox at [email protected]
Thomas Jefferson High School
Thomas Jefferson Homeless youth initiative
In 2017, the Dallas Morning News reported a dramatic rise in homeless youth. Walnut Hill UMC responded by becoming more involved and aware of the homeless youth concerns at our local high school, Thomas Jefferson. Each Friday morning from 8:30-9:15, we provide breakfast, emotional support, and education for homeless teens. You can offer food or time by contacting Claire Rathbun at [email protected]
Back-to-School Teachers' Lunch
Each fall we host a luncheon for the 100+ teachers and administration of Thomas Jefferson High School. Our United Methodist Men sponsor this opportunity for outreach and support during the third week of August. Contact Rick Larsen at [email protected] to get involved!
Teacher Appreciation Brunch
Each year we provide a brunch for the teachers and staff as an end-of-semester treat. You can help purchase breakfast goodies, cook a casserole, grill some sausage or show up to help serve. For more information on date and coordinator, contact Rick Hill at [email protected].
Teachers at TJHS come to Walnut Hill UMC requesting support from volunteers for special activities or events as needed by the school. Check out our Get Involved page on this website page for the latest opportunities.
For the past 15 years Walnut Hill UMC has hosted Project Transformation's summer literacy program alongside Christ's Foundry. We continue that mission and begin an after-school program in Fall 2015 for the children at Cigarroa Elementary. The summer program typically connects with 90 elementary school age children and provides a day camp experience. Though students participate in arts and crafts, recreation, Bible storytime and relationship building, a strong focus is on literacy. A primary goal is that children maintain or extend their reading level over the summer, and Project Transformation has met this goal with amazing success rates. You can read with a student, by signing up as your schedule allows. To volunteer with Project Transformation at Walnut Hill UMC you must complete a background check, ministry safe training and contact [email protected].
Learn more about Project Transformation click here.
We have recognized that many elderly or physically challenged in our neighborhood have mobility struggles. Building a ramp can help them to exit their home easily, thus increasing their social and emotional well being and health. Ramps take one day to build and are a partnership with Texas Ramps projects. Anyone who likes to work with power tools is welcome! Please contact Rev. Robinson at [email protected] if you are in need of a ramp or would like to volunteer to help build a ramp at [email protected].
Faith in Texas
We have become involved in Faith in Texas, an inter-faith group that gathers persons of faith together for issues concerning social justice. We partner to focus on concerns of immigration, education, criminal justice and moral economy. You can be involved on one team or many based on your interest. You can learn more about Faith In Texas here, or contact Howie Darter at [email protected] to become involved in our church.
Haiti Nursing School
The United Methodist Women support the Haiti nursing school, in which scholarships are provided for young women to better their community. This nursing school was rebuilt from the rubble of the Haitian earthquake and has a mission to empower the community. Trips to Haiti as well as providing scholarships and materials for students are available by contacting Becky Baird at [email protected]
Phillippino Pastoral Counseling Center
Church member, Pres Pimentel runs an organization in the Phillippines called the Pastoral Counseling Center, designed to equip and train pastors to offer spiritual and emotional counseling, as well as teach them practices for good spiritual and emotional health. Walnut Hill UMC supports this mission with it's prayers and gifts.