Catapult began in 2009 as Watershed's primary local justice expression. We believe that education is critical to breaking the cycle of poverty, so we sought to build a supportive relationship with their neighbors at Walter G. Byers, a Title 1 school near our church’s Sunday gathering location.
In the years since Catapult’s inception, hundreds of volunteers from Watershed have spent time at Byers. Dozens are tutors who give 30-45 minutes to the same child each week. Others have found a niche serving with non-profits such as Girls on the Run, Right Moves for Youth, or Big Brothers/Sig Sisters. Still more have signed up as Staff Pals to come alongside school staff members and help with appreciation events. Volunteers see this partnership as mutually beneficial – they value the relationships just as much as the staff and students at Byers do. Many have also expressed gratitude that this opportunity has given them an increased awareness of the challenges many of our local schools are facing.
In 2016 Watershed launched a second school partnership at Shamrock Gardens Elementary. Watershed’s first priority at Shamrock is to supply reading tutors for the North Star Reading Initiative. As more avenues to serve become available, they will be posted here.
If you’re interested in playing a role in either of Watershed’s school partnerships, take a look at the opportunities listed below! We look forward to deepening these partnerships in the years to come!
Many of our neighbors are in need, and our desire is that through relationships we can help guide them out of poverty. In the beginning of this journey is escaping the many felt needs that our neighbors might face. Below you will find a few documents to help you get started.