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New artwork by local artist Allie Menchaca being hung in the City Manager’s office in downtown Waco. The City of Waco commissioned this piece and will be making limited prints that will be given to special guests in our city.
(Photo Courtesy of Allie Menchaca)
You can also find more of her work on Instagram at @artbyalliemenchaca

Happy Friday, Waco!

We have finally been blessed with the summer sun, and it is getting hot here in Waco. This weekend we are looking forward to more sun, and temperatures are going to be in the high 90s. This weekend we are also looking forward to celebrating Juneteenth out in the community. This will be a great opportunity to get out of the house and get involved with some amazing local organizations:

  • The Juneteenth Parade is back again! Join the Cen-Tex African American Chamber for a day of excitement, unity, and celebration to commemorate Texas’ Juneteenth history. Online registration can be accessed at this link: https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/Cen-TexAfricanAmericanChamber/juneteenthparade.html

  • It’s Family Fun Day here in Central Texas. This event is hosted by Empowerment Driven Knowledge Coalition (EDKC) and is one of the largest in the Heart of Texas dedicated to “Entertaining, Encouraging and Empowering” African Americans to put their health and families FIRST. Family Fun Day provides locals and visitors an opportunity to participate in a free festival celebrating African American heritage and independence. The event features live music, a kid zone, community zone, food, social services, health screenings and more. Local food & retail vendors are invited to showcase their best products.

  • The Waco NAACP & The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District are presenting the Juneteenth Celebration and Mobile Vaccine Clinic this Saturday. The public health district will be giving vaccinations -- no registration is required, no appointments required and all vaccinations are free. This event kicks off right after the parade and there will be food, music and giveaways.

  • Join Rogue Media Network for their Juneteenth Comedy Night from 7-9pm. The event is hosted by Terry Bluez with special guests like Tru Wisdom, Jonesy X, Karletta Kaye, and Deeezil Greezil. For tickets click the link here.

As always, if you have information you would like to see included in Act Locally Waco (announcements, events, etc.) or ideas for a blog you would like to write, send it to ferrell@prosperwaco.org.

~Debbie Wright

From the blog

Calendar

Sat Jun 26
Free Garden Canning Class (Waco National Women in Agriculture Association Sponsored by Neighbor Works Waco)
Sat Jun 26 thru Sat Jun 26
ExpressPath Information Sessions (McLennan Community College)
June Waco Uptown Art Walk (Susan L. Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery)

Sun Jun 27
Live Comedy Show (True Love)

Sun Jul 4
Fourth on the Brazos (City of Waco Parks and Recreation)
Sun Jul 4 thru Sun Jul 4

Thu Jul 8
The Stars Over Texas Jamboree Legends of Country Edition (The Waco Hippodrome and the Stars Over Texas Jamboree)

In the news

Announcements

  • Art Center of Waco’s art camps are geared to be fun and exploratory, yet provide ample opportunity for campers to learn and communicate through all sorts of art media, subjects, techniques, and traditions. Our skilled art teachers and teaching artists look forward to sharing their love of the visual arts with your children in grades (rising) 1st graders through teens, 18 years old!
  • YMCA OF CENTRAL TEXAS is conducting a four-month Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program to help people with high blood pressure monitor and learn to control hypertension. Participants are given a blood pressure monitor, and they record their blood pressure two times a month, they meet with trained YMCA staff twice a month and they attend monthly nutrition seminars. When: The program begins June 7. Office hours vary and will be shared upon registration. Where: The Waco Family YMCA, 6800 Harvey Dr., Waco. Cost: $45 for YMCA members, $55 for non-members. Contact: Crystal Hernandez at 254-776-6612 or crystal.hernandez@ymcactx.org to register or for more information. (posted 5/20)
  • TriWaco- TriWaco is back for 2021! We'd like to invite you to be part of this year's TriWaco taking place at Indian Spring Park on Sunday, July 11! There are opportunities to volunteer both Saturday, July 10 during packet pick up and pre-race activities as well as race day on Sunday, July 11. Sign up easily online for the day/time that works best for you -- and don't forget to invite your friends! Contact Ricky Vasquez, 254-757-5611 with questions. Click here to sign up to volunteer.
  • McLennan Community College- MCC is accepting applications for OTA program through July 15. McLennan Community College's Occupation Therapy Assistant program is accepting applications for the Fall 2021 semester. The application is available online at www.mclennan.edu/health-professions/occupational-therapy-assistant, and the deadline to apply is July 15. For more information, contact Glynnis Gaines at 299-8306 or ggaines@mclennan.edu
  • Waco Chamber of Commerce- Leadership Waco application are now open. The Waco Chamber of Commerce conducts the Leadership Waco program to identify potential community leaders and provide these individuals with information about various facets of our community, which improves the quality of life of area residents. Solutions to community needs demand the active participation of informed citizens. Leadership Waco offers structured learning opportunities in an atmosphere that stimulates creative thinking and encourages participants to work together to utilize both new and proven tools to meet the challenges of today and to prepare for tomorrow.  Participants will expand their impact, ignite their passions, participate in thought provoking and insightful conversations, build relationships and develop their personal and professional leadership skills. Applications are due May 28 and can be found here. (Posted 4/8)
  • Baylor Lifelong Learning- Brad Livingstone, Baylor's First Gent, is launching a new series of courses this April 7th with Baylor's Lifelong Learning. He has shared his passion for World War II in past years, as dedicated professional teaching history at the secondary education level. This is his inaugural course on Vietnam for Lifelong Learning. For more information on joining Lifelong Learning and registering for the course, visit www.baylor.edu/lifelonglearning. (Posted 3/9)

Jobs & Job Related

  • Prosper Waco has a new job opening — Senior Content Specialist for Health.The Senior Content Specialist develops, coordinates, and executes projects and initiatives which advance benchmark indicators in health for Prosper Waco. The Senior Content Specialist for Health works through a network of partnerships to research and coordinate an economic model to collaboratively finance a community intervention to address social determinants of health. For more information on the position visit the Indeed.com link, which also provides a means to apply.
  • Communities in Schools of the Heart of Texas is looking for a Chief Program Officer. The job description is here. Applicants can apply at the following link: www.cishot.org/careers. (6/8)
  • CASA of McLennan County is seeking to fill two positions: an Advocate Supervisor and a Program Director.
    The Advocate Supervisor will guide, coach, and supervise volunteers as they advocate for the best interest of children in foster care in McLennan County.
    The Program Director will oversee the Advocate Supervisor team and ensure casework performance and compliance meet National & Texas CASA Standards.
    Please click here to access the CASA page that includes full job descriptions and application instructions. (6/8)
  • Education Service Center Region 12 has four job openings: GEAR UP Site Facilitator, Coordinator for Strategic Initiatives, Continuous Improvement Specialist, and Secretary II. (6/4)
  • Family Abuse Center -- Full-time Bilingual Parent Educator will implement the PAT model while engaging with families in both English and Spanish. Utilizing the PAT Foundational Curriculum the Parent Educator partners, facilitates and reflects with families. Minimum qualifications: The qualifications listed below are representative of the education, experience, skill/ability, and licenses/credentials required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Education: Bachelor’s Degree in child development, early childhood education, social work, psychology, Neuroscience or a related field required.
  • Community Outreach Worker (part-time) at Waco Housing Authority - Communicates directly with Public Housing residents by phone or by ground visit (per CDC guidelines) to provide health education and/or link residents with the appropriate health resources in the community. The Outreach Worker will contact residents who may need assistance such as the elderly, disabled or homebound. The Outreach Worker may also provide information and referral for health issues related to COVID 19. Qualifications and Knowledge: 1. Social Worker (BSW or MSW) RN or LVN. Applicants that have experience providing health education and referrals in a healthcare setting may also be considered. 2. Valid Texas driver's license 3. Up-to-date knowledge of CDC Covid 19 information on transmission, disease, and vaccinations. 4. Knowledge of health resources in the community. 5. Understanding of health disparities in low income communities. 6. Good communication skills as well as necessity for confidentiality. 7. Good organizational skills as well as ability to enter data into spreadsheet. 8. Good listening skills as well as patients and compassion for residents. (posted 5/14)
  • Waco Family Health Center Primary Care Clinical Social Worker- Join our behavioral health team of 10 LCSWs and 1 LMSW to work at the very top of your license, providing excellent and holistic care. Job description: Working within a transdisciplinary primary care team, provide integrated behavioral health care and advanced care management for patients with chronic conditions. As a highly valued member of the core team, support and closely coordinate mental health care with the patient’s primary care provider; screen, assess and offer focused treatment within the primary care setting for patients with common mental health and substance abuse disorders. Deliver time-limited, target-based treatments such as brief cognitive-behavioral therapy and solution-focused therapy. Common interventions include behavioral activation, problem-solving therapy, stimulus control therapy, sleep hygiene, acceptance-based strategies, psychoeducation, relaxation training, motivational interviewing, and parent training. Advanced care management tasks include pre-visit planning, patient education, registry monitoring and patient self-management training. Additionally, provide care coordination services to address short- and long-term medical and behavioral health treatment goals. Communicate with physician and care team members about relevant patient needs or changes. Identify cost-effective protocols and care paths for improving population health, and participate in developing guidelines for care. FO more information, click here.
  • Family Abuse Center Resident Advocate- Family Abuse Center is hiring a part-time Resident Advocate. The primary responsibilities of the Resident Advocates (RA) are to provide crisis intervention and referrals on the 24-hour crisis line and provide resident assistance to those in the 24-hour shelter. R.A’s approve admission to FAC in accordance with policies and procedures, provide front desk coverage (answering incoming calls, assisting residents at front desk, etc.) in between hotline calls as needed, provides shelter intakes to incoming shelter residents and help clients move and settle into shelter and participates in volunteer training when needed. Other duties include crisis intervention, meal preparation, cleaning, giving resources to clients, maintaining client records, and ensuring confidentiality. For more information, click here. To apply send a resume and cover letter to Whitney.thomas@familyabusecenter.org
  • J.H. Hines Elementary AfterSchool Workers- J.H. Hines is looking for two part-time AfterSchool Workers. Beginning pay is $12.10 per hour. Hours are 2:00 – 5:30 or 2:30 – 6:00, M-F. One of the positions will be temporary (May 1 – May 31.) The other position will be on-going. In this job you will work with children (7 – 12 years old) helping them with homework/academic activities and enrichment activities. You will help the AfterSchool coordinator with meals, behavior management, set-up and clean-up of afterschool spaces, and other duties as assigned. To apply: 1) Send an email expressing your intent to apply and outlining your experience and interest in working with elementary school children to Angela Ceccato at angela.ceccato@wacoisd.org. Please include a resume if you have one. 2) Fill out an application on the Waco ISD Jobs site. These positions are listed in the “paraprofessional openings” section of the website.
  • Waco Lions Park- Waco Lions Park/KiddieLand is seeking job applicants. Must be at least 16 years old. Have several openings for adults. Retirees and Veterans encouraged to apply. Email KiddielandWaco@gmail.com for info.
  • Custodians and Cafeteria Workers - Waco ISD Human Resources - Join our team and make a difference in the lives of our students. To apply, visit www.wacoisd.org/apply. Click here for a listing of open positions. Click here if you are interested specifically in a child nutrition (cafeteria) position. Please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance with the application process at 254-755-9410. (Posted 3/19/21)
  • Trinity Baptist Church Pastor- Trinity Baptist Church, located in Harker Heights and affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, seeks a pastor who senses God’s call to equip our congregation to worship rightly, fulfill the Great Commission, and embody the Kingdom of God in the community and beyond. We embrace the core values maintained by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and Baptist Faith and Message (1963). We welcome applicants that reflect the diversity of the body of Christ. We believe in the inspiration of scripture, the equality of all persons, unity in diversity, and the priesthood of all believers. In communion with and through the power of the Holy Spirit, we follow the way of Christ and believe every Christian and every church is called to fulfill the Great Commission, share the gospel of Jesus Christ, and minister to the spiritual, physical, and social needs of people and communities Applications should include a cover letter and resume with three references. Email applications to office@tbchh.org. (Posted 3/3/21)
  • Counselor II United Way Position - STARRY - Work with families in the community meeting Family And Youth Success program or Universal Prevention eligibility. Fulfill United Way grant expectations. Work to increase equity and inclusion in the Waco office by creating and maintaining community relationships and referral sources.  Assist the program in increasing access for diverse populations by educating, empowering, and equipping staff to meet the needs of the community. To apply, please visit www.starry.org/jobs. (posted 1/3/21)

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