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 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.
If you’re interested in playing a part with Catapult, take a look at the opportunities listed below!