VMLC-ELM EAST DALLAS
The English Language Ministry (ELM) on December 31, 2014 joined the VMLC family. Together we will teach more students, provide deeper services and have an even greater impact on families in our community in changing lives through literacy.
In addition to the ELM East Dallas Campus VMLC operates a campus at Vickery Meadow and West Dallas. “Helping families become strong, independent and self-sufficient through volunteer-based English literacy programs has been the core mission for both VMLC and ELM since our founding,” - Sarah Papert, VMLC Executive Director.
At ELM East Dallas Campus classes are held at East Dallas Christian Church Monday thru Thursday 9:00 am - 11:00 am September - May. Beginning in September 2015 afternoon classes will also be offered Monday thru Thursday 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm. All services are provided free of charge for the students and include programs for both parents and their young children to learn together.
For over 20 years ELM has been a ministry of East Dallas Christian Church offering a variety of volunteer opportunities for our members and neighbors. And, so it will continue as it moves forward into the future with VMLC.
For one week in July children ages 5 through 10 celebrate the arts through music, dance and visual arts. The mission is to provide the utmost instruction, as well as fun, by bringing out, enhancing and nurturing the creativity of every child. All instruction is led by a professionals from area schools. The camp has become well known within the community.
October is the month for our annual Community Carnival. What began as a small carnival in our downstairs basement is now an outside event attracting 400 plus from our community! It’s entirely “free” for everyone! Costumed children play games and win prizes, “trunk or treat” for candy, step into a fun photo booth, create crafts, and a petting zoo.
COMMUNITY EASTER EGG HUNT
The Saturday before Easter we hold an Easter Egg Hun on our grounds with over 300 in attendance. The “Easter Bunny” is present for photos, the grounds are filled with hundreds of colorful candy filled eggs, and children are able to feed and pet small animals in a friendly petting zoo environment.