Please click to our Get Involved page for current opportunities of community outreach available at Walnut Hill UMC.
Stepping out in Service
Each year during Lent, Walnut Hill goes beyond the walls of the church for intentional weekly service projects. In 2014, we baked more than 300 cookies and delivered them to local firemen, wrote over 200 cards to injured military men and women, wove almost 100 bracelets for nurses at Children's Medical Center, and served a free community meal. This year we have written notes of thanks for our Cigarroa teachers, done a flash mob for diabetes awareness, and made health kits for the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Stepping out in service is just one way we give to our community in thanks for their daily ministry.
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:
Lunch Buddy Program - meet with a student once a week and share lunch and conversation together. Dependability and friendship are crucial for our lunch buddies, so we ask that only those who can make a regular, full school-year commitment (September to May) participate. Each participating child has been selected by Cigarroa counselors for involvement in the program. Training is provided through Cigarroa counselors and an online background check through DISD is required.
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 Donna Collins at [email protected] or sign up HERE.
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 Rick Hill at [email protected]
Thomas Jefferson High School
Thomas Jefferson Teachers Lounge Renovation
In 2014, the principal of Thomas Jefferson High School invited Walnut Hill UMC to update the teachers' lounge. We want to give a huge shout out to our sponsors Rick Neville, Sherwin Williams, and our Walnut Hill UMC crew for their great work on this project.
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 12 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.
Learn more about Project Transformation click here.