Make this Monday, MLK Day, "a day on" by serving in the Waco community.
Happy Friday, Waco!
This weekend, we will observe MLK Day. MLK Day was first recognized as a federal holiday in 1986, but in 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the holiday, observed on the third Monday of every January, as a national day of service. Since then, MLK Day has been widely recognized as “a day on, not a day off.” Here are a few ways you can serve your community this MLK Day:
- MLK Day Brazos River Clean Up- Join Keep Waco Beautiful for their quarterly Brazos clean up. To keep volunteers safe, there will be a limited number of shifts. Sign up for a shift here.
- Mission Waco’s MLK Celebration and Service- Join Mission Waco for lunch and a time of prayer, then take part in a service project afterwards. Email email@example.com for more information, or fill out this Google form if you’d like to lead a group in a service project.
Remember to take some time this weekend to reflect on the meaning and significance of MLK day. Brush up on your knowledge of Martin Luther King, Jr. by watching or listening to some of his speeches here.
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From the blog
In the news
Waco's church congregations seen as community mental health resource (Waco Trib, 1/9/21)
Flu calls in sick amid Waco area's preventive measures (Waco Trib, 1/9/21)
Weekly Baylor tests, mass vaccinations plans for Waco as COVID-19 threat rises (Waco Trib, 1.8.21)
- Family that escaped fire contemplates loss, thanks Waco-area community for support (Waco Trib, 1.8.21)
- TxDOT to pretreat Central Texas bridges, overpasses ahead of possible winter weather (KXXV-TV 25, 1.7.21)
Central Texas VA begins vaccinating vets 85 years and older for COVID-19 (KXXV-TV 25, 1.7.21)
When Is the Earliest I Can File My Taxes? (Waco Trib, 12.22.20)
- City of Waco- City of Waco Offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of MLK Day. Click here for details concerning specific departments. (Posted 1/15/21)
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)
- Waco Metropolitan Planning Organization- The MPO Technical Committee Meeting will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Jan. 14. The meeting will take place virtually and the public may register to watch the meeting live at https://wacotx.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_PfEWXk0fTUy-ZnT6H9yPww. The meeting agenda can be found on the MPO website. Members of the public who wish to submit written comments must submit their comments by emailing email@example.com, or by calling 254-750-5650. Comments must be received no later than 10:00 am on Jan. 14. (Posted 1/9/21)
- Central Texas Food Bank- The Central Texas Food Bank needs volunteers for special food distribution events on Jan. 16 and Jan. 28. 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 Jan. 16 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 Jan. 28 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 1/9/21)
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)
- Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - Free testing during November has begun (multiple locations, times, dates)! Convenient & fast. Drive through and walk up available. All testing sites are free and administer the cheek swab test. You do not have to show symptoms to be tested. (12/1/20)
- 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
- 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.