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Happy Friday, Waco!

Before I launch into my usual spiel about Waco events, I want to apologize for the increased traffic, long wait times at restaurants, and general mayhem of last weekend. It was graduation weekend at Baylor, and everyone and their mother was in town, literally. So if you were overwhelmed by the crowds at Magnolia Market, or had to wait an absurdly long time to get a table at George's, I'll gladly shoulder the blame, since I was one of the graduates!  Ok, now that that's out of the way, let's see what's happening in Waco this week:

  • Check out the Waco Downtown Farmers Market Handmade Market on Saturday, or the Eastside Market, hosted by Brotherwell Brewing and Streetside Markets, on Sunday. Support the Waco community and enjoy goods from local vendors, artisans, and food trucks.
  • Join the Central Texas Astronomical Society for an Open House at the Meyer Observatory. Enjoy star-gazing, a tour of the observatory, and an educational program led by Paul Derrick, former StarGazer columnist for the Waco Tribune-Herald. To register for this event, click here.
  • Baylor Scott & White is offering free doses of the Pfizer vaccine this Saturday from 10:00 a.m- 2:00 p.m. For more information, click here.

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From the blog


Fri May 21

Sat May 22
May Uptown Art Walk (Kieran-Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery, MC Art Supplies)
Sat May 22 thru Sat May 22

Thu Jun 3

Sat Jun 5
Healthy Families Expo (Waco Family Medicine and Texas AHEC East-Waco Region)
Randy Rogers Acoustic Experience with Brady Black & Geoffrey Hill (Lee Lockwood Scottish Rite Library and Museum)

In the news


  • 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, and the deadline to apply is July 15. For more information, contact Glynnis Gaines at 299-8306 or
  • McLennan Community College's associate's degree nursing program is accepting applications for the Fall 2021 semester. The application is available online at<>, and the deadline to apply is 5 p.m. May 17. For more information, contact Shelley Blackwood at 254-299-8354 or (Posted 4/29)
  • 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 (Posted 3/9)

Jobs & Job Related

  • 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 Children's Services Manager- The overall responsibility of the Children’s Services Manager is to provide prevention services and educational/therapeutic activities for children and adolescents in the shelter. The Children’s Service Manager is responsible for coordination of the children’s program, which includes supervision of interns, volunteers, and/or staff as necessary. As needed, represents the FAC at community events, and completes other tasks as assigned by supervisor. The Children’s Services Manager, with the assistance of the Director of Case Management, will envision the comprehensive nature of the program (educational and therapeutic) and plan the program for the future years. For more information, click here.
  • Waco Symphony- Executive Director, Waco Symphony Association, Full Time-Exempt, Salary: $70,000-$120,000/year plus benefits. Responsibilities: Day-to-day management of WSA administration, marketing, public relations, fundraising, planning and development and financial operations. Minimum job requirements: Bachelor’s degree, non-profit executive leadership experience (5+ years preferred) and successful fundraising experience in such areas as major gifts, sponsorships, special events and grants. Submit resume with work history references to the following secure email address:
  • Family Abuse Center Shelter Case Manager- Family Abuse Center is looking for a full-time Case Manager. The overall responsibility of the Case Manager is to provide case management services to residential program participants; facilitate evening groups; on call responsibilities on evenings and weekends, assure the coordination of services with other agencies; assist with the coordination of necessary shelter programs/activities; and provide therapeutic interventions as appropriate. As needed this position also provides coverage to the crisis line, meal preparation, and complete intakes for incoming shelter residents as needed. For more information about this posititon, click here. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Whitney.thomas@familyabuse
  • 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
  • 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 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 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 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 (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.
  • 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 (posted 1/3/21)

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Commonwealth: Transformation through Christian Community Development

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