Project Transformation North Texas Celebrates 20 Years

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Project Transformation 20 years

Project Transformation 20 yearsProject Transformation North Texas was founded in 1998 by Sarah Wilke and Dr. Leighton K. Farrell, two visionary leaders in the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. They recognized several challenges facing the conference at the time: the impending shortage of young leadership in the church, the need to connect churches to help revitalize struggling urban congregations, and the necessity of a way for United Methodist-related institutions to collaborate more effectively. Over lunch one day, they sketched out an idea on a napkin of how one program could address all of these challenges. Several months later, they launched Project Transformation with a mission to engage young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry, support children in holistic development, and connect churches with communities.

The first summer, 1998, began with 22 college interns (now “PT Corps Members”) serving five urban churches, providing a summer day camp for 250 children. Now, 20 years later, Project Transformation is serving with 11 churches and 136 PT Corps Members to provide Afterschool and Summer Programs for approximately 1,100 children and youth, grades 1-12. Project Transformation North Texas connects over 90 partner churches and 2,000 volunteers in ministry together with our PT Corps Members, children, youth, and their families.

Volunteers are critical to Project Transformation’s work. Volunteer opportunities this summer include:

1. Read one-to-one with a child

Volunteers are crucial to the reading advancement of the 1st-5th grade children in Project Transformation’s programs. Reading takes place on Monday to Thursday from 9:15 a.m. too 12:15 p.m. at 11 site locations throughout North Texas.

2. Donate supplies

Donate supplies or host a supply drive in your community for program supplies. A list of up-to-date curriculum items needed will be provided upon request.

3. Family Fun Nights

Family Fun Nights happen once a month across the 11 site locations. These evening events connect program families, site church congregations, and volunteers in a night of fun. Volunteers are needed to provide dinner, assist with activities and games, and connect with the families.

4. Provide dinner

Groups are needed to provide dinners for PT Corps Members at SMU, Oak Cliff Retreat Center, and Austin College.

For more information and to volunteer, contact the Volunteer and Church Engagement Manager, Lynne Rhodes, at rhodes@ptnorthtexas.org or (469) 513-2569.