Creative Waco Executive Director, Fiona Bond, is fully vaccinated! (Photo via COVID-19 Community Newsletter)
Happy Friday, Waco!
It's certainly a happy Friday for me because I got my second shot of the vaccine this week! I'm looking forward to the peace of mind and freedom the vaccine will give me! Remember, all adults in Texas are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine now, so if you are over the age of 18, you can add yourself to the public health district vaccine waitlist here. And whether you're waiting for your vaccine appointment, or you're free to go out and celebrate, check out what's going on in Waco this week:
- Celebrate Earth Day with the Mayborn at the Meet the Scientists: Earth Day event! Hear from Baylor researchers and learn about recycling and sustainability.
- Support Mission Waco and the Waco community at Mission Waco's Race ONE 5K! You can register on race and choose between a 5K or a 1 mile Fun Run. Race ONE bring the community together and helps support Mission Waco programs. For more information about registration, the race schedule, and route, click here.
- Join Waco ISD for their Pre-K Registration Roundup Fun Fest this Saturday. Enjoy inflatables and other activities, and learn about the benefits of Pre-K. For more information about registration, click here or visit wacoisd.org/PreK.
- McLennan County College Access Network is hosting the College Access Drive Thru event. Learn about college admissions, get help with FASFA/TAFSA, and more!
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From the blog
⟶ Fri Apr 30 thru Sun May 2
In the news
Waco Suspension Bridge goes under wraps (Waco Trib, 4/20)
Topgolf arrives in Waco (Fox 44, 4/20)
Local NAACP ‘pleased’ by Chauvin verdict (Fox 44, 4/20)
Shot lines shorten as McLennan County lags state on vaccination rate (Waco Trib, 4/19)
Challenger League launching last season at current location (Waco Trib, 4/18)
Waco Ventures raises $18 million to bring Waco-born tech to the world (Waco Trib, 4/12)
Real estate experts explains the housing market in Waco (Fox 44, 4/12)
Waco musician Aaron Konzelman talks about "The Voice" (Waco Trib, 4/10)
- 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 4/8/21)
- 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 3/9/21)
- Central Texas Food Bank- The Central Texas Food Bank will be hosting a special food distribution in Waco on April 22. 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 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. If you would like to volunteer, visit centraltexasfoodbank.org and click on the "Volunteer" tab. (Posted 4/1/21)
- 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)
- 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)
Jobs & Job Related
- Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce & Prosper Waco - The two organizations are excited to announce an opening for a new Workforce Initiatives Coordinator. This is a full-time shared position between Prosper Waco's Upskill Waco initiative and the African American Chamber's Esther's Closet program. The Workforce Initiatives Coordinator will be responsible for UpSkill Waco and Esther’s Closet training logistics, community outreach, and data collection/reporting in addition to managing Esther’s Closet. Any applicants interested in applying can send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com. 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.
- First Presbyterian Church Music Director- First Presbyterian Church Waco seeks a part-time Music and Chancel Choir Director for their program worship and music ministry. We are a congregation steeped in the Reformed tradition with a warm but traditional worship style with two weekly worship services. Experience in management of people, a canon of traditional music and conducting is preferred. Interested individuals may send a cover letter and standard resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- CASA of McLennan County Advocate Supervisor- CASA of McLennan County is seeking to hire a full-time Advocate Supervisor to support, guide, and coach a team of volunteers as they advocate for children in foster care in McLennan County. Please click here to access the full job description and application instructions.
- 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 email@example.com. (Posted 3/3/21)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
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Act Locally Waco Book Club
May 4, 2021 • Time 6:30 • Location TBA
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