We encourage all individuals and groups at Arborlawn to be in mission with and for others. We hope that all find an area in which to serve.
On Campus Missions
Blue Zones Project
Blue Zones Project is a community-wide well-being improvement initiative to help make healthy choices easier for everyone in Fort Worth.
A vital part of Fort Worth’s Healthiest City Initiative, the Blue Zones Project encourages changes in our community that lead to healthier options. When our entire community participates – from our worksites and schools to our restaurants and grocery stores along with our faith based communities – the small changes contribute to huge benefits for all of us; lowered healthcare costs, improved productivity, and ultimately, a higher quality of life.
If you would like more information, contact Rev. Nick Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP)
Established in 2004, the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) is a Houston-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. PEP has pioneered innovative programs that connect executives, entrepreneurs, MBA students and interested volunteers with convicted felons both in and out of prison. An intensive 9-month, faith-infused character development and entrepreneurship boot camp (utilizing volunteers as teachers and business plan consultants), re-entry programs (transition houses and mentors program) are proven solutions for preventing recidivism, maximizing self-sufficiency and transforming broken lives. External research by Baylor University demonstrates that PEP’s recidivism rate is less than 10% for its graduates as compared to 40-60% of prisoners that have no involvement in this type of program.
PEP has recently expanded its program to the Sanders Estes Unit of the Texas Department of Corrections located a few miles east of Alvarado in Venus, Texas….a 30 minute drive from AUMC. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available including direct program involvement with the prisoners in prison as well as after they have been released including encouragers, executive coaches, mentors, spiritual leaders, and other roles.
For a firsthand account, feel free to talk with one of the following AUMC members about their involvement: Kay Phillips, Andy Sewell, Steve Kent, or Pat Gotcher (817) 223-7854.
The Helping Hands Hotline – 817-731-0701, ext. 115
Kids Hope USA
A team of Arborlawn members volunteer as mentors to students at Fort Worth’s J. T. Stevens Elementary through the national organization Kids Hope USA. Mentoring takes only one hour each week, and the positive changes made in both the kids and the adults is beyond measure. Mentors undergo a one-day training program that equips them to provide the most quality experience to the children.
United Community Centers
Arborlawn supports the mission and work of United Community Centers, Inc., (UCC) a distinctively United Methodist organization in Fort Worth comprised of three community centers: Polytechnic Center, Bethlehem Center, and Wesley Center.
A highlight of Arborlawn’s involvement with UCC is our annual fundraising event, Styles & Smiles Fashion Show. Volunteers from Arborlawn also help staff the Clothes Closets at the centers. The UCC was formed by local United Methodist Women more than a century ago and continues to serve the neediest residents of our city today. UCC programs empower individuals, strengthen families, and enrich communities.
United Community Centers, Inc.
1200 E. Maddox Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Celia Esparza, UCC President and CEO
Habitat for Humanity
Northside Inter-Community Agency
Each week volunteers from Arborlawn participate at the Northside Inter-Community Agency (NICA). The agency provides food, clothing, and self-help programs to families on the Northside of Fort Worth and surrounding communities. NICA requests specific donation needs each month (such as blankets, bathroom products, toiletries, etc.).
Those items can be brought to Room 230 at Arborlawn.
1600 Circle Park Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76164
Contact: Betty Hairston
WestAid provides emergency food, monthly food assistance, holiday assistance, and local transportation to residents of west Fort Worth. Arborlawn members volunteer at the center and donate food and money to the cause.
7940 Camp Bowie West
Fort Worth, 76116
William Pherigo, Director
Presbyterian Night Shelter
For nearly three decades, the Presbyterian Night Shelter (PNS) in east Fort Worth has served the needs of Tarrant County’s homeless. Arborlawn adults participate in the shelter’s various programming throughout the year.
Presbyterian Night Shelter
2400 Cypress Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Toby Owen, Executive Director
The mission of Samaritan House is to create a supportive community providing housing and resources for positive change in the lives of persons living with HIV/AIDS and other special needs. Arborlawn Sunday School classes participate in the Supper Club at Samaritan House.
929 Hemphill Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Contact: Don and Sally Pope
Family Missions Day
Intergenerational mission opportunities are offered each month for all ages and skills of involvement. Projects are held both at Arborlawn and in the community. These events provide hands-on ways for everyone to live their faith in a tangible and meaningful way while building lasting relationships with others.
Each year mission trip experiences are available to all ages at Arborlawn. Many of our children participate in the week-long Mission Camp every summer, where they see (and do) hands-on missions projects in Fort Worth. Arborlawn Student Ministries conducts both junior and senior high mission trips during the early summer, both within Texas and in nearby states. Arborlawn adults make a yearly trip to the UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, Louisiana during the spring.
A Clean Water International Mission Trip to Haiti will take place in October. Contact JT Thomas (email@example.com) for more information.