St. Alban's Episcopal Church opened its door to the Waco community as an emergency warming center last week.
Happy Friday, Waco!
I don't know about you, but I breathed a sigh of relief when the temperature hit 70 degrees this week. After the Texas "snowpocalypse" last week, we definitely deserved some nicer weather! While you're enjoying the above-freezing temperatures, check out these ways you can get involved in, help out, and just enjoy the Waco community this week:
- Help your Waco neighbors recover from last week's winter storm by donating to the Waco Foundation Winter Storm Community Relief Fund. The fund will distribute grants to local nonprofit agencies that provide basic necessities like food, electricity and water, and/or low to no-cost home repairs for families in need. Visit wacofoundation.org/winterstorm for more information.
- Get in touch with your creative side with the Art Center of Waco's Paper Freedom Quilts workshop or Kente Printmaking and Weaving workshop, or join Kieran-Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery at their February Uptown Art Walk.
- Wrap up Black History Month with the last event in Waco NAACP's Criminal Justice Series, "Breonna Taylor Could Have Gotten Justice: The Power of Grand Juries". Join the Zoom discussion here on Feb. 28.
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From the blog
In the news
H-E-B implements product limits in Texas (KWTX-10, 2/18)
Waco Navy comes to aid of residents still without power (Waco Trib, 2/18)
Watch now: Waco water cutbacks needed now with system strain (Waco Trib, 2/17)
Weather delays COVID-19 vaccination clinics, vaccine deliveries in Waco (Waco Trib, 2/17)
What to do when your pipes are frozen (Fox-44, 2/17)
Food service in Waco proves challenging amid icy conditions (Waco Trib, 2/17)
Hewitt man delivering firewood to homes without power (Fox-44, 2/16)
- VASA Community Coalition - Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week is Feb. 8-14. Alcoholism is a family disease that affects everyone. Research shows that genetics and family environment puts children of alcoholics at higher risk for substance use and misuse. The good news is that when they get critical support, they can lead successful lives! The National Association for Children of Addiction (Nacoa) provides help that includes a parent kit (e-booklet), a letter to children, and book recommendations. In addition, they have materials about parental addition geared towards children, such as Sesame Street videos. Alanon Family Groups also offers family intervention and recovery resources.
- Central Texas Food Bank- The Central Texas Food Bank needs volunteers for special food distribution events on Feb. 6 and Feb. 25. At these special food distributions, the Central Texas Food Bank will distribute free food to help those who are facing increased food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Feb. 6 distribution will be held at Temple College (2600 S. 1st Street, Temple, TX 76504) from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The Feb. 25 distribution will be held at Waco ISD Stadium (1401 S New Road, Waco, TX 76711) from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. To sign up, visit centraltexasfoodbank.org and click on the "Volunteer" tab. (Posted 1/31/21)
- Humane Society of Central Texas- A PSA from the Humane Society of Central Texas: If you find a stray dog, contact the Humane Society for help instead of bringing the animal to the Waco Animal Shelter. Most stray dogs are found within close proximity to their homes, so bringing them to the animal shelter should be a last resort. Instead, knock on doors, ask nearby residents, mail carriers, and delivery drivers if they know where the dog belongs, and if you can’t find the owner nearby, here is the #1 most important thing you can do: Take a photo of the dog and post it on the Facebook page Central Texas Lost and Found Pets (@CTLAFP) with location information and a brief description of the dog. If you can safely catch the dog and you have a little time, bring the dog to a nearby veterinarian’s office, animal shelter or rescue, or fire house to scan for a microchip. Members of the CTLAFP Facebook page will often offer to scan the chip for you at your location after you post! If there’s a chip or the owner is looking online, you can usually find the owner within just a few hours. Until then, whenever possible, keep the dog safe and warm where it cannot escape. If you need resources to take care of the dog until the owner is found (food, crate, blankets, etc.), contact the Humane Society of Central Texas (254-754-1454) or Waco Pets Alive! (254-300-8575) or log onto www.wacoanimalguide.com. Your willingness to rescue a dog and keep it safe instead of bringing it to the shelter will mean the world to that dog and its owner. And if the owner is never found, you can find the dog a new home, ensuring that it has the best chance at a wonderful life! By doing all of these steps, you are truly acting as a Good Samaritan, and you are a #WacoAnimalHero. (Posted 1/31/21)
- Humane Society of Central Texas- The Humane Society of Central Texas is offering FREE adoptions of all adult dogs this week to manage the huge number of animals that have been coming into the Waco Animal Shelter. There are 100 adult dogs at the shelter right now, and that number is increasing every day. HSCTX believes that every Waco animal deserves a chance to live their best life so they are looking for Waco Animal Heroes to help all 100 dogs at the shelter to find homes as quickly as possible! Adopters are required to have everyone from their household, as well as their own dogs present at the meet and greet so Pet Matchmakers can be sure that Adopters are bringing home the best possible pet for their lifestyle and family! HSCTX is open 1-6pm on Mondays, 11am-6pm Tuesday through Friday, and 10am-5pm on Saturdays at 2032 Circle Rd, Waco TX 76706. Masks and social distancing are required. (Posted 1/31/21)
- Baylor Lifelong Learning- Spring 2021 courses are now available online at baylor.edu/lifelonglearning. Select “Courses” to check out the topics and instructors who will be offering the spring classes. If you are not already a member of Lifelong Learning for 2020-21, you can obtain a $30 membership for the spring semester only, then register at $20 per course for the classes you desire. Courses include "Current Middle East Issues in the News Today," "Historic Homes of Waco," "Today's Media and Christianity," and many more. If you are new new to virtual learning, a free Zoom practice session is scheduled for Jan. 25. (Posted 1/16/21)
Christian Men’s Job Corps- CMJC is looking for volunteers to provide meals for upcoming CMJC classes. Class sizes are limited this season, due to COVID-19 precautions, so each meeting will need food for 12 people. CMJC’s new class location, the Hangar, has a full kitchen if meals need to be heated up or refrigerated. Home cooked meals are always appreciated, but if cooking isn’t your forte, gift cards to restaurants and delivery services like DoorDash and Favor are also welcome. Sign up at carecalendar.org. The calendar ID is 121935 and the security code is 1915. (Posted 1/11/21)
Amberley Collective/McLennan Community College- The Amberley Collaborative’s Mental Health in Congregations online course is coming this month. The six-week course is on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., from Jan. 19 to Feb. 23. The goal of this course is to develop a community of congregational leaders who support one another in building faith communities where everyone fully belongs, and to foster liaisons between congregations and mental health providers to strengthen connection and care for the many people in our community who are affected by mental illness. This course is not limited to clergy or congressional leaders, but is open to anyone who is interested in learning about and addressing mental health concerns in their communities. Register through MCC Continuing Education. A detailed course description can be found here. (Posted 1/10/21)
- Mayborn Museum - Something BIG is hanging out in the Mayborn Museum’s rotunda. A cast of the renowned Tyrannosaurus rex fossil known as Stan is now on display. The original Stan was found in the Hell Creek Formation in South Dakota in 1987 and excavated in 1992. It is one of the most complete T. rex fossils discovered. The completed specimen is twelve feet tall and almost forty feet long. This new exhibit was made possible by a generous loan from the Perot Museum in Dallas, Texas. “The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is pleased to loan this skeletal cast of the iconic T. rex to the Mayborn Museum Complex at Baylor University,” said Dr. Linda Silver, Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. “As organizations dedicated to the advancement of scientific knowledge, this agreement between Baylor and the Perot Museum embodies the institutional partnerships that strengthen our scholastic community. We look forward to seeing ‘Stan’ installed at the Mayborn as we continue to inspire minds through nature and science beyond the walls of the Perot Museum.” (Posted 11/24/20)
Jobs & Job Related
- Family Abuse Center Executive Director- The Executive Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the corporation and is accountable to the Board of Directors for the overall management and operation of Family Abuse Center (FAC) to meet the organizations goals and objectives. The Executive Director is responsible for the implementation of Board policies; ensuring compliance with applicable state agencies and funders service requirements, laws and regulations; planning, implementing, and evaluating service programs; serving as a liaison with appropriate federal, state, and local agencies; recruiting and training staff; as well as managing the Center’s financial and facility resources.
- Esther’s Closet Coordinator- Esther’s Closet is a workforce development and self-sufficiency program to assist unemployed women. It provides professional training and professional workwear for clients at no cost. The Esther’s Closet Coordinator shall be responsible for the management, support, and growth of the Esther’s Closet program and its clients. (Posted 2/17/21)
- Urban REAP Program Staff- As a part of Urban REAP, this position works with the Urban REAP Director to craft and execute programs that communicate creation care and ecological justice to the Waco community. As part of this, this position assists with general operations of Urban REAP Programs, such as our aquaponics system, our composting system and our Garden Center. This position also supports our educational programs and community engagement initiatives. (Posted 2/5/21)
- Executive Director- Keep Waco Beautiful is a stand alone 501(c)3 nonprofit organization specializing in environmental conservation. Our mission is to educate and engage the citizens of Waco to take responsibility for improving their community by ending litter, reducing waste and participating in beautification projects. We are looking for a candidate who shares our vision, and will be comfortable interacting with City of Waco department directors, council persons, community colleges, Baylor University, neighborhood associations and news media to share our message . You must have excellent organizational, management and public speaking skills; experience with Excel software programs, quickBooks Online, Adobe DC is a plus. You will prepare news releases, media packets, fact sheets and other program materials for public awareness; design and develop enewsletters and blogs; manage events and conduct workshops. You must be available to work weekends and evenings for events and outreach opportunities. For more information or to apply, contact: Keep Waco Beautiful 254-339-1077.
- Operations Administrator- The Humane Society of Central Texas is dedicated to ensuring that every animal at the Waco Animal Shelter finds a loving home through foster, adoption, or rescue. We are seeking a multi-skilled Operations Administrator to help organize and facilitate all operations of the organization. You must be a true team player experienced with fulfilling multiple roles at once. Any administrative or systems aspect of our organization will be your responsibility. Additionally, all members of our staff must be highly effective at interacting positively with the public, embracing the diversity of our community and welcoming them as partners in our lifesaving mission. The ideal candidate must have exceptional communication skills, and be willing to dedicate themselves to the mission of the organization, ensuring that every person who comes in contact with the organization has an exceptional, efficient experience. For more information or to apply, visit https://www.indeed.com/job/operations-administrator-abb1c4b774591307
- Associate Director of Development - Tarleton State University - Tarleton State University is hiring two individuals at the Associate Director of Development level. These are direct-fundraising roles and you can find all of the details here: https://tamus.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/TARLETON_External/job/Fort-Worth-TARLETON/Associate-Director-of-Development_R-034640 (posted 1/4/21)
- 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)
- Data Coordinator and Accounting Position - First Presbyterian Church of Waco - This position requires a highly motivated person who enjoys a variety of administrative responsibilities that extend from book keeping to newsletter design and layout. Must have 3 years of administrative or professional work experience (additional education may be substituted for experience). Experience with InDesign, Excel software programs and accounting practices is preferred. Please forward resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Posted 12/2/20)
- 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. Please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance with the application process at 254-755-9410. (Posted 11/20/20)
- Shelter Coordinator - Family Abuse Center - The overall responsibility of the Shelter Coordinator is to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Family Abuse Center emergency shelter. Key responsibilities include supervising resident advocates, shelter manager, and case managers; overseeing shelter operations; compiling shelter data/statistics/reporting; program development, management, and evaluation; providing case management services to clients. As needed this position will answer crisis calls, supervise shelter case managers, resident advocates, and children’s services and complete other tasks as assigned by supervisor. Must be able to respond to emergencies in the shelter at all hours of the day and provide on-call services and fill in when shelter staff are unavailable. Resumes and cover letters should be sent to Whitney.email@example.com (Posted 12/17/20)
- Executive Director - McLennan Community Investment Fund - The Executive Director of McLennan Community Investment Fund (“McCIF”) will lead our organization through startup and continuation as a community development financing entity, providing affordable financial products to small businesses in economically distressed areas of McLennan County, Texas. (Posted 11/18/20)
"Know Waco" Podcast
Act Locally Waco Book Club
by Valarie Kaur
March 16, 2021 • Time 6:30 • Location TBA
The Act Locally Waco book club meets every other month to discuss books about issues that we think are important to Waco. For details about when and where we meet or zoom link, please click here to subscribe to our email distribution list.