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.

Contact: Shirley Watkins: grammyshirl@att.net or
Laurie Ryan: laurieryan@gmail.com


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.

Contact: Joanne Bittiker: kjbittiker@sbcglobal.net


Blue Zones Project

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. Blue Zones Project presents Purpose Workshops throughout the year and intended to help you “find your true purpose – that unique thing that makes you your best.” Why Purpose Matters: People with purpose live longer, are happier and more productive. By connecting with your sense of purpose, you could add up to seven years of life expectancy. For more information, visit fortworth.bluezonesproject.com.

Contact: Nick Scott: nick@arborlawnumc.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 more information, visit pep.org

Contact: Joy Dister-Dominguez: joy@arborlawnumc.org


Habitat for Humanity

Arborlawn members provide sweat equity and dollars to support building projects through Trinity Habitat for Humanity. Volunteer work includes construction, cleanup, and food preparation. Arborlawn has helped build seven Habitat homes.

Contact: Patricia Johnson: pj2000@sbcglobal.net