In my career serving with nonprofits, I have found that one of the most critical elements for success, yet one of the most challenging to lay hold of, is a cadre of volunteers who are both faithful and proactive. At The Well Community we are fortunate to have a host of such people who work alongside us to bring about good for Well Members.
The Well Auxiliary started just a few years ago but has already made a huge difference. Made up of about 50 individuals, the group regularly serves meals, sponsors events and provides support for the activities of The Well. Continue reading →
This month The Well Auxiliary begins its fourth year of serving The Well Community. The Auxiliary was formed in 2016 as a means for volunteers to develop additional avenues to assist The Well Community and to find new ways to help members thrive. For the Auxiliary 2018 was a year filled with service, fundraising, planning and preparing for another year of blessing Well Community members through its efforts.
Our annual Christmas Celebration was a great success, thanks to donors and volunteers. Like all activities and programs at The Well Community, the meaningful worship service and festive holiday party happened because the wider community turned out to help.
Special thanks for the meal to volunteers from Cliff Temple Baptist Church, Kessler Park United Methodist Church, St. Jude’s Church and The Well Auxiliary. Brent McDougal, pastor of Cliff Temple, and members of their choir lead the worship time, along with members of The Well. Our backpacks filled with personal care items came from donors to Body Oak Cliff, and gift cards came through donations to The Well Auxiliary.
Pam Spell, general manager of Norma’s Cafe (second from left) with a few of Norma’s Cafe Staff
In this blog, we highlight a few local businesses and individuals who come alongside The Well to offer support and care. They share why being a good neighbor to The Well is important to them. Continue reading →
Someone, somewhere, declared the month of April to be “Volunteer Appreciation Month.” I think that’s a cool idea—sort of. I mean, it is great to take time to make sure that we express appreciation to those who give their time to help others. But at The Well Community, we sure hope our volunteers experience our appreciation every time they are with us, not just as an annual “thank you.” Continue reading →
Volunteers at The Well Community help make recovery possible! Those who give their time and talents at The Well bless members in a number of ways that support and encourage them as they pursue full, meaningful lives in the midst of struggles with mental health. Continue reading →
When Carol Arbuckle first heard about the need for volunteers at The Well Community through her church, First Baptist Frisco, she and her husband, Murray, had already discussed a desire to do something in service to God beyond giving things and money. Looking back, she sees His hand in bringing the opportunity to serve at The Well to her attention at just the right time. Continue reading →
A number of years ago, Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” was a mirror. The point was that, in the new age of iPhones and YouTube, the world was becoming more and more individualistic. They observed that we were increasingly able to tailor our inputs to only what we wanted and limit our world to whatever was of interest to us. And so, “I” was the Person of the Year.
If I were choosing The Well Community’s “Person of the Year” for 2017 I would hold up a window, because every time I look around me I see people who are not looking at themselves, but are instead looking outward—into the hearts of others. Continue reading →
Dave Larlee, Associate Pastor of All Saints Dallas, often picks up on three themes when he volunteers at The Well Community: the goodness of God, hope and grace. Larlee has periodically preached the sermon at Thursday Night Life, The Well’s weekly worship service for members, and has seen these themes as common threads in members’ faith. Continue reading →
The Well Community’s celebration to honor volunteers and donors will be held on Sunday, June 5 at the Salon Las Americas (1004 Fort Worth Ave, Dallas). Starting at 3 p.m., the event will feature the Happy Campers Band, children’s activities, original art by members of The Well, food from Oak Cliff eateries and beverages. Advance tickets are available (click here) for $10.00 or at the door for $15.00. There is no charge for children. Continue reading →