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And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” - Matthew 25:40

Current Needs

  • Single Parent Action Network  •  Beginning 10/23/2019

    Single Parent Action Network (SPAN) needs volunteers to help with the regular monthly dinner and meeting. Sunday School Classes, Small Groups or any other group that is looking for an opportunity to help can schedule a month to provide and serve a meal. Presenters of educational, well-being, and parenting topics can also be scheduled for 2020.The meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month but may be adjusted for a holiday. The parents attend an informative or fun program as the children are occupied with crafts, play in the Gym and homework. SPAN also needs a children's activity coordinator to create a craft for the younger children and games for the older ones. Donations are always needed especially around the holidays, and the start of school.

    We will be shopping for coats to distribute at the November 18, 2019 and have had specific requests for sixteen coats. Help with shopping, discounts or monetary donations to help cover the costs are gratefully appreciated.

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  • Handyman.  •  Beginning 11/1/2019

    The volunteers at First Richardson Helpers provide minor home maintenance and repair service with a key focus on safety issues in the home.
    Typical repairs are the type that can be completed in 3 hours over a couple of work sessions. On a special basis, we do work on projects that are more complex and take more time than typical.
    Examples include:
    Installation of bathroom grab bars and outdoor hand rails
    Installation of smoke detectors and batteries
    Basic home repairs (dripping faucets, running toilets, screen repair, minor electrical)
    Basic home maintenance (caulking, light bulb and A/C filter replacement)
    Issues resulting from City of Richardson Code Enforcement letters
    Minor fence repair
    And Much More ...
    We help seniors and others with special needs within the Richardson Community or those associated with our sponsoring organizations. There is no charge for the help we provide. Donations are welcome to offset cost of materials and to help others who are less fortunate.

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Ongoing Opportunities

Contact Rev. Joy Anderson at janderson@fumc.rcom or 972.235.8385, to learn more or volunteer with any of the projects/agencies listed below.

AIDS Supper Club

Friday dinner, bi-monthly, for residents of AIDS Services of Dallas Hillcrest House.
Volunteers prepare a dish at home and/or go to the facility, serve, and eat dinner with the residents. Volunteers meet at the church at 4:45 p.m. to go to the Oak Cliff resident facility and return about 8:00 p.m. Contact Dee Weaver at 972.996.0159 or dweaver@fumcr.com to help. 

Ark House

Temporary low-cost housing for families receiving extended medical treatment at a local hospital.
Volunteers act as “shepherds” to residents by offering friendship and support throughout their stay via telephone calls. Ark House Website 

Body & Soul

Weekly Sunday meal served to homeless individuals at 4 pm at Dallas’ St. Paul UMC.
Cooking teams serve one Sunday each month, from 2-5 pm.
Coordinators serve one Sunday each month, from 3-5 pm, to transport the servers on a church bus.
Individuals and groups may offer to serve the meal and clean up on a regular or one-time basis, and ride with the coordinator on a church bus. 3-5 pm.
Contact  for more information or to volunteer.

Children First School Partnerships

Our partnerships with Mark Twain and Greenwood Hills Elementary Schools in Richardson ISD provide many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of children in our community. Learn more & view volunteer opportunities at fumcr.com/childrenfirst.

Meals on Wheels

Individuals deliver meals once a month. Contact  for information or to volunteer. 

NETWORK of Community Ministries

Emergency assistance program that FUMCR supports with monthly, high-need donations to food pantry.
Church attendees drop off requested items in collection bins on our campus, and volunteers deliver the items to NETWORK on a weekly basis. Volunteers who want to work in the food pantry during the week, interview clients or work in the clinic on Monday or Wednesday nights from 6-9 pm are invited to call NETWORK directly at 972.234.8880. NETWORK Website

New Friends New Life

Provide dinner once each quarter for ongoing program for women who have escaped the sex industry. New Friends New Life Website 

People in Need (PIN) Fund

FUMCR’s resource to assist people who walk in or call seeking emergency financial assistance.
Volunteers contribute money to the fund. Contact  for information.

Richardson Area Interfaith Habitat (RAIH)

FUMCR is one of 10 local faith community members. RAIH raises money and works each spring to build a house in the Dallas Habitat for Humanity area. Want to get involved? Contact Ed Murray (972.301.2794 / ) or Mike Proch (214.415.0063).

Give directly to Richardson Area Interfaith Habitat (during active builds) by logging in to F1>Giving then choosing "Habitiat for Humanity - Richardson" from the "Give to..." drop-down box.
Gifts to RAIH may be made through Dallas Habitat, but the donation must be directed to "RAIH" for proper credit.
Visit/follow RAIH on Facebook at facebook.com/RichardsonHabitat/
Learn more at raih.org.
2019 Fall Build Schedule

Single Parent Action Network (SPAN)

Single parents are bravely trying to juggle all of the demands of parenting without adequate resources. The Single Parent Action Network is here to help. Contact  to volunteer.

Skuinskloof Primary School, South Africa

FUMCR continues to send financial assistance and work teams to Africa to build and improve facilities at this school. Contact  for information.

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