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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

  • Ark House "Occupancy" Team Members  •  Beginning 4/10/2019

    Occupancy teams field phone calls from potential Ark House residents to determine if they can fill an apartment or be put on a waiting list. Two volunteers are needed to put the responsibilities on a rotating basis with another team that is already in place.

    One team is in place. One or two additional two-person teams are needed to rotate the responsibilities. Tasks can be done anywhere you have a computer and access to the internet. An Ark House cell phone is provided for all voice communications to protect your privacy.

    - Be available 8 am to 5 pm, Monday thru Friday, on assigned weeks to receive calls from prospective Ark House occupants and hospital social workers. As with any business, it is acceptable for an incoming call to go to voice mail if you are unavailable for a time.
    - Coordinate referrals from hospital social workers via phone, email, or text.
    - Coordinate with the applicant to get the name and email address for each prospective occupant.
    - Send applications to the patient and any prospective occupants to get authorization for doing a background check. Review application for any “red flags” that would prevent acceptance.
    - Request background check and review results for acceptance. In cases where the prospective occupant might not be accepted, notify Ark House Chair to take action.
    - If the occupant is acceptable, notify patient/occupant and place on the waitlist.
    - When an apartment becomes available, send an occupancy agreement (lease) for signature.
    - Work with patient/occupant to get them into the apartment.

  • Ark House "Make Ready" Team Members  •  Beginning 5/1/2019

    Ark House leases 21 apartments near Royal Lane and Central Expressway in a 400-unit complex. After the Occupancy Team is notified of an occupant checking out (which happens every 3 days, on average), a Rent Make Ready Team is called into action. An additional Rent Make Ready Team is needed to spread out the tasks and give teams periodic breaks. Tasks include:

    - Evaluate apartment's readiness for new occupants.
    - If it was cleaned according to check-out instructions, do minor cleaning as needed. If it was not, major cleaning can be done by a maid, with consideration for the cost and lost rent due to delays.
    - Verify that linens have been washed and folded. If they were not, replace them with a set of linens you bring with you. Take the dirty ones home and wash and fold for reuse on next apartment.
    - Reset the combination on the door.
    - Send an email to other Ark House board members stating the apartment is rent ready and your recommendation on refunding the deposit.

  • Ark House Communications & Website  •  Beginning 5/1/2019

    Communications tasks:

    - Keep the Apartment Guide Notebooks up to date as processes and procedures change for our occupants. Notebook is a 24-page document kept in 21 apartments.
    - Produce two newsletters each year that are distributed in print and by email. Transition the distribution to being primarily by email. Newsletter is currently four pages, with most of the content provided by committee members.
    - Maintain and update marketing brochures.
    - Assist other committee chairs with public relations activities.
    - Expand our reach to a larger group through email system to create fundraising opportunities.

    Website tasks (as part of or in coordination with Communications):

    - Manage Ark House web page hosting.
    - Maintain and edit the Wordpress hosted website (if you can use MS Word, you can do this).

  • Bake Cookies for Cookie Caper  •  Beginning 5/4/2019

    At least 200 bakers are needed! Last year the cookies were gone before the 11 am services ended. Click "I'm Interested" to sign up online and let Joy Anderson know you will bake 6 dozen cookies and deliver them to the church on Saturday, May 4, between 12 and 4 pm.

  • Read With Me Volunteers  •  Beginning 7/8/2019

    Read With Me is a summer reading camp for local elementary children, who might not otherwise maintain their reading level over the summer.

    Volunteers are needed weekday mornings, July 8-26, from 9:10-11:30 in a variety of roles:
    - Read one-on-one with children
    - Plan and lead one week of crafts
    - Plan and lead one week of active games

    Adults and teens 8th grade and up may volunteer. Sign up for one day or as many as you are available.

  • Rio Texas Hurricane Rebuilding Workcamp  •  Beginning 9/15/2019

    Work will include repairing or rebuilding homes in the coastal area that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The team will stay in a church, sleep on air mattresses, and prepare and eat meals there. Sept 15-21. Contact Rev. Joy Anderson at or 972.235.8385 for more information or to sign up.

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 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 3-6 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. 3-6 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

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 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
Learn more at

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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