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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

  • Donations for Respite Center  •  Beginning 6/10/2019

    In response to requests from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and the Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs, Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square, a collaborative convening of many of the area’s multi-faith clergy and non-profit organizations has brought together the volunteer resources necessary to respond to help our border cities handle the overwhelming influx of legal asylum seekers by acting as intake and respite centers, compassionate caregivers, and expediters/facilitators of their travel.

    Oak Lawn UMC is serving as the local Respite Center and is collecting items needed by the asylum seekers as they travel from El Paso to their final destinations in the US. Immediate needs include:
    - Men's shorts and pants (sizes small, medium, 28-34)
    - Men's belts (sizes 28-34)
    Bring your donations to FUMCR to be delivered to OLUMC.

    Contact: Joy Anderson - / 972.235.8385
  • Children's Activity Coordinator for Single Parent Action Network  •  Beginning 6/17/2019

    Single Parent Action Network (SPAN) meets once a month for dinner and a program. While the parents are in the program, the children are kept busy with crafts, playing in the Gym or on the playground. The Coordinator would plan and arrange for these activities and find Ministry Safe volunteers to help. Then next meeting is June 17th at 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. The current coordinator will not be in attendance and the need is immediate. Most meetings are the third Monday of each month with some adjustments to the second Monday for months when the holiday lands on the third Monday. The children range in age from elementary to high school and there are anywhere from 10-15 in attendance. SPAN serves the community as well as FUMCR members.

    Contact: Hawana Townsley - / 972.996.0145
  • 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.

    Contact: Joy Anderson - / 972.235.8385

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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