The Giving Guide 2018

By Juliana Mudd and Richelle Braswell

Pictured: Photos by Cecy Ayala and courtesy of the respective organizations.

It is better to give than to receive, we’re often told, especially as the holiday season nears. And perhaps no one understands the value of giving more than nonprofit organizations, which exist to serve and give to local communities and often receive more requests for assistance this time of year. For these reasons, it’s important to remember to give to those that give to so many.

To help you with your holiday (or year-round) giving, the Wacoan presents its fifth annual Giving Guide. Only organizations who advertised in the July Nonprofit issue are featured here. We have tried to be as specific as possible when listing the items requested by nonprofits to ensure they receive just what they are looking for and to indicate, when possible, where funds and cash donations received are allocated.

If your preferred method of giving is writing a check, there are many organizations who would be happy to be listed on the payee line. But if your means are slimmer, don’t let that stop you from reading on. Nonprofits need money, but most have also listed other more everyday needs to allow givers of all budgets to donate items as simple as paper towels, pet supplies and hygiene products. Each list has practical items listed first, followed by opportunities to donate toward specific funds.

And sometimes the most valuable gift you can give is the gift of your time: consider volunteering for a nonprofit whose mission is close to your heart or one looking for professionals to share their expertise. You will surely experience firsthand the joy of giving by offering those who never stop giving an opportunity to receive.

Animal Birth Control Clinic
Happiness, health and safety for animals and people
3238 Clay Avenue | 254/776-7303 |

The Animal Birth Control Clinic provides affordable and accessible services, including spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations, in order to keep animals out of shelters, rescues and off the streets.

1. New or used dog collars (especially large and extra-large) and used towels to keep cats and dogs cozy after surgery.
2. Donations of $180 to sponsor care for a Meals on Wheels client’s cat or dog.
3. Donations of $135 to sponsor treatment for a heartworm-positive dog.
4. Donations of any amount to sponsor supplies for the neighborhood van outreach.
5. Volunteers to help with microchip and vaccination clinics.

The Art Center of Waco
Enriching Waco through the visual arts
712 Austin Avenue | 254/752-4371 |

The Art Center of Waco promotes the visual arts in Central Texas through art exhibits, collections and educational programming.

1. Bins for storage and moving.
2. Five computers for The Art Center’s new office space.
3. Donations and pledges to The Art Center’s building fund to complete the renovation at the new location, 701 South Eighth Street.
4. Endowment funds, which can be sent to The Art Center’s designated fund (Waco Creative Art Center, Inc.) or directly to The Art Center with “endowment” in the memo line.
5. Individuals to become members of The Art Center, supporting the arts in Waco.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Waco
Great futures start here
P.O. Box 447 | Waco, Texas 76703 | 254/752-6443 |

Boys & Girls Clubs of Waco offers young men and women ages 6-18 a variety of after-school and summer activities, including educational support, character and leadership building, and exposure to the arts.

1. 30 Lego kits ($200 each).
2. Two portable PA systems ($150 each).
3. New flooring at Weldon Youngblood Branch ($5,000).
4. Two computer monitors ($100 each).  
5. Back-a-Kid scholarship for a week ($15), a month ($60) or a year ($600).

American Red Cross Serving the Heart of Texas
Preventing and alleviating human suffering
9205 Oak Creek Drive | 254/523-4985 |

Since 1881, the American Red Cross has prevented and alleviated human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

1. Donations of $5 to provide one blanket for a person seeking comfort after a disaster.
2. Donations of $10 to provide one hot meal and additional snacks and nourishment for a person after a disaster.
3. Donations of $15 to provide a free smoke alarm, safety education and installation for a home in need.
4. Donations of $150 to provide travel, meals and shelter for one day for a Red Cross volunteer to provide hope to communities affected by disasters.
5. Individuals to become Red Cross volunteers, bringing hope after a home fire or other disaster.

Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children
From victims to victors
3312 Hillcrest Drive | 254/752-9330 |

The professional staff at the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children offers hope and healing to all survivors of sexual assault and violent crime in six Central Texas counties.

1. New clothing items for SAFE [Sexual Assault Forensic Exam] rooms.
2. Gift cards to Walmart and H-E-B for food, gas and prescriptions.
3. Funds for direct operating costs.
4. Funds designated for emergency assistance to be used for mortgage, rent or utility payments.
5. Donations to endowment fund at the Waco Foundation.

Care Net Pregnancy Center of Central Texas
Babies on the way
800 West Waco Drive | 254/772-8270 |

Care Net Pregnancy Center of Central Texas offers a variety of free, confidential medical services, counseling and support programs for young women faced with an unexpected pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease.

1. Convertible cribs and crib mattresses.
2. Car seat and stroller combinations.
3. Gibson Home essential total kitchen 83-piece combo set.
4. VTech digital audio baby monitor (model DM111).
5. Portable infant play yards.

Community Cancer Association
Fighting all cancer together
2911 Herring Avenue, Suite 212 | 254/202-8082 |

Community Cancer Association works directly with local facilities to assist cancer patients with the costs associated with treatment, survivorship, health care and living with cancer.

1. Gas money for patients who receive treatments outside the Waco area. A $50 donation pays for one trip to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth; $100 pays for one trip to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
2. Donations of $75 per month to pay for nutritional supplements for a cancer patient.
3. Donations of $150 to provide a wig for a cancer patient.
4. Donations of $40 to cover the cost of a mastectomy bra or $75 for compression sleeves.
5. Donations toward the cost of patient medication, including paying for the drug, helping with copays and looking for available patient assistance programs.

Christian Women’s Job Corps
Nurturing women, transforming lives
1101 Wooded Acres Drive, Suite 107 | 254/757-0416 |

Christian Women’s Job Corps provides mentoring, career and job readiness training, and life skills training to underserved women in Central Texas to help them transform their lives, families and communities.

1. HP laser printer.
2. Cricut Explore Air 2 machine.
3. Gift cards, especially for grocery and office supply stores.
4. Mentors to support the women participating in CWJC’s spring career track program.
5. Donations toward scholarships for GED program participants.

Catholic Schools – Diocese of Austin
Education to the highest power
St. Louis Catholic School |
St. Mary’s Catholic School |
Reicher Catholic High School |

St. Louis Catholic School, St. Mary’s Catholic School in West and Reicher Catholic High School provide a complete faith-based program dedicated to the social, physical, intellectual, religious and psychological formation of children.

1. New iPads for student use. (St. Louis)
2. Latex paint for classrooms in light blue, light gray or off-white. (St. Louis)
3. Equipment for science labs, including butane micro burners, stereo microscopes and stirring hot plates. (Reicher)
4. Mini bus to safely transport students to and from activities. (St. Mary’s)
5. Donations to be used toward tuition assistance for needy families to be able to receive the gift of a Catholic education. (St. Mary’s)

The Cove
Ending youth homelessness
P.O. Box 1956 | Waco, Texas 76703 | 254/224-6095 |

The Cove offers a safe space during after-school hours for Waco ISD homeless teens, where they can have access to showers, laundry facilities and a family-style dinner as well as educational programming.

1. New laptops for students to access online coursework.
2. Gift cards to local restaurants, Walmart and H-E-B for The Cove’s Scholar of the Month.
3. Tech support for desktop computers and laptops, either in the form of a tech support professional who volunteers time or funds to finance a tech support staff position.
4. Monthly financial donors to help The Cove serve students each month.
5. Donations toward a scholarship fund for Cove scholars attending higher education.

Friends for Life
Helping the most vulnerable people live the fullest lives possible
5000 Lakewood Drive | 254/772-7600 |

Friends for Life serves the elderly and people with disabilities through a continuum of care from independent living and quality-of-life programs to money management, guardianship and adult day care.

1. Laptop computers and printers.
2. Tablets and iPads (new or used) to help clients who have autism, or intellectual or developmental disabilities.
3. Gift cards to H-E-B, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy and restaurants to help low-income clients and to treat them on their birthdays.
4. Gift items, craft supplies, puzzle books and coloring books for Gifts for Grannies, life skills training, bingo and fun projects.
5. Monetary gifts of any size to enable Friends for Life to help more people in need.

Fuzzy Friends Rescue
Giving second chances
6321 Airport Road | 254/754-9444 |

A no-kill animal shelter, Fuzzy Friends Rescue receives more than 700 abandoned and unwanted animals per year and gives animals shelter, food, vaccinations, heartworm testing and, if needed, intensive medical care through the aid of donations.

1. Washing machine and liquid laundry detergent for pet laundry.
2. Lucky Dog outdoor pet playpen with roof and water-resistant cover, available at Tractor Supply (SKU #106170599 or SKU #106170499).
3. Patio furniture with cushions for pet use.
4. Tree LVS 700 XL veterinary walk-on pet scales (model #LVS700XL).
5. Purina Puppy Chow.

Grassroots Community Development
Building community together
1624 Colcord Avenue | 254/235-7358 |

Grassroots Community Development is committed to cultivating healthy neighborhoods by helping community members work alongside each other to create sustainable change.

1. TV for training in the training/conference room.
2. 10 packable easel stands for public presentations.
3. Adjustable conference tables and chairs.
4. Computer projector for training and public presentations.
5. Three laptops with docking stations.

Creative Waco
Waco’s local arts agency
712 Austin Avenue | 254/300-8677 |

Creative Waco partners with the city, arts organizations and community leaders to grow and support a thriving cultural and creative community in Waco.

1. Walls to serve as canvases for new murals.
2. Scaffolding to use when painting and installing murals.
3. Sponsorships for students completing ArtPrenticeship, an internship program designed to teach high school students how to manage, pitch and implement a public mural project.
4. Donations for public art projects.
5. Volunteers to help with projects and events throughout the year.

Humane Society of Central Texas
Finding a friend is easier than you think
2032 Circle Road | 254/754-1454 |

The Humane Society of Central Texas strives to achieve a no-kill status by partnering with the city of Waco animal shelter to offer adoption, rescue and foster opportunities, and community education programs.

1. Postage stamps.
2. Copy paper.
3. Paper towels.
4. Clover Flex credit card processors ($189 each).
5. Adoption sponsorships of $50 each.

Hewitt Public Library
Fostering community connections
200 Patriot Court | 254/666-2442 |

The library provides information access, activities and civic engagement functions to encourage personal enrichment, meaningful collaboration and content creation.

1. Magnification products for the visually impaired to use with computers and books.
2. Donations to fund the purchase of a Short Édition short story dispenser, a unique vending machine that prints out short stories.
3. Donations to fund the purchase of Braille book sets for children.
4. Donations for assistive computer devices, including mobile handheld and PC software aids for people with disabilities.
5. Donations to fund the purchase of outdoor musical instruments for the library’s butterfly courtyard.

Keep Waco Beautiful
Make more than a donation — make a difference!
502 Austin Avenue, Suite B | 254/339-1077 |

Starting as a beautification committee in the late 1970s, Keep Waco Beautiful now has more than 13,000 volunteers and a variety of activities yearly to help make Waco a beautiful place to live.

1. Microwave and ice maker/water dispenser.
2. Pop-up booth tent.
3. Funds to purchase a trailer to transport items from cleanups to Cobbs Recycling Center or Waco ReStore, helping to extend the life of Waco’s current landfill.
4. Sponsorships for the April 27, 2019, Picnic in the Park fundraiser.
5. Individuals to join the membership campaign; all money donated to memberships benefits program funding such as cleanups, beautifications and recycling outreach.

Historic Waco Foundation
Preserve. Educate. Inspire.
810 South Fourth Street | 254/753-5166 |

The foundation tells the history of Waco and McLennan County through its three historic homes and educational programs, which include field trips, traveling trunks and family fun days.

1. A 2,000-square-foot climate-controlled storage space to house and organize collections.
2. Twelve 6-foot rectangular folding tables.
3. Eight 108-inch round black tablecloths and twelve 60-by-120-inch rectangular black tablecloths.
4. Monetary gifts to the Historic Waco Foundation endowment at Community Bank & Trust for the preservation of the historic homes.
5. Volunteers interested in history to become docents at the homes and to assist with programming.

March of Dimes
Healthy moms. Strong babies.
1105 Wooded Acres Drive, Suite 430 | 254/644-1224 |

The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of mothers and babies by advocating for policies to protect babies and by empowering families with programs, knowledge and tools to have healthier pregnancies.

1. Crocheted hats or restaurant gift cards (Panera Bread, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Newk’s Eatery, Jason’s Deli, etc.) for the NICU family support program.
2. Gift cards to Target, Walmart, Michaels or Hobby Lobby, or craft supplies from those retailers.
3. Food, beverage and dessert sponsors for monthly NICU family support events, the community-wide March for Babies kickoff in February or the Remember event in October.
4. Family teams for the April 13, 2019, March for Babies at Cameron Park Zoo; teams can register at
5. Photographer/videographer for the March for Babies.

Junior League of Waco
Women building better communities
2600 Austin Avenue | 254/753-5574 |

For more than 80 years the Junior League of Waco has promoted voluntarism, developed the potential of women and improved the community with trained volunteers, who currently focus on early childhood education and development.

1. Diapers for parents of young children who attend the annual Parent & Child Initiative [PACI] Fair.
2. Barnes & Noble gift cards for children attending Family Story Night, where Junior League members read and act out a children’s book, serve refreshments and give out copies of the chosen book.
3. Monetary donations to support the Women’s Empowerment Summit, a partnership with Waco ISD.
4. Donations of $100 to become a Friend of the League to support all the Junior League of Waco’s initiatives.
5. Contributions to the endowment fund at the Waco Foundation to ensure future operations.

Meals on Wheels Waco
Together, we can deliver
501 West Waco Drive | 254/752-0316 |

Meals on Wheels Waco serves the elderly by offering nutritious meals, conversation, safety checks, pet food and a transportation program to provide rides to activities such as medical visits and grocery shopping.

1. Cat and dog food for the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets program to help keep seniors and their pets together.
2. Adult diapers in sizes medium to extra-large.
3. Donations of $20 to purchase one space heater for a senior whose home lacks sufficient heat.
4. Monetary donations to make up for a shortage of funds so Meals on Wheels can immediately add seniors to its meal delivery route, eliminating the waitlist.
5. Donations to the Treasured Tails program that collaborates with ABC Clinic to offer preventive vet services to clients’ pets, including spay/neuter surgeries as well as flea and heartworm treatments.

Martin Museum of Art
Encouraging understanding of the visual arts
60 Baylor Avenue | 254/710-6371 |

The Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University works to promote understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in the community through innovative exhibits and educational programs.

1. Markers, paper, glue sticks and other materials for school groups visiting the museum to create projects.
2. Museum furniture for guests to get comfortable.
3. Collection preservation supplies, such as shelving units, acid-free materials and tools for cleaning works.
4. Donations for new casework to display student works in the museum foyer.
5. Donations for exhibition fabrication materials, such as text panel boards.

McLennan Community College Foundation
Education changes everything
1400 College Drive | 254/299-8606 |

The foundation makes a difference in local lives by funding a variety of extraordinary programs such as the Presidential Scholars program and the McLennan Theatre program.

1. Donations of $25 or more to the MCC Food Pantry.
2. Donations of $250 to fund one emergency grant, which is awarded by the foundation to students who encounter life-altering emergencies.
3. Donations to Hearts in the Arts scholarships, which support MCC theater and visual and performing arts students; donors who give a $500 gift also receive two memberships and season tickets to all the 2018-2019 performances and art exhibits on campus.
4. Donations to Men of Color Success Initiative, which provides mentoring to first generation college students, traditionally underrepresented groups and students in need of academic and personal direction; a gift of $2,000 can ensure students may participate in a statewide Men of Color conference.
5. Endowed scholarships award an MCC student with a scholarship in the donor’s name; a gift of $20,000 will enable the scholarship to continue in perpetuity.

Mission Waco
Changing lives through hands-on compassion
1315 North 15th Street | 254/753-4900 |

For 25 years, Mission Waco has worked to empower and provide compassion for the poor and marginalized in Waco and around the world.

1. Gift cards of $25 to Walmart, H-E-B, Lowe’s and Home Depot.
2. Donations toward remodeling Manna House, a drug and alcohol addiction recovery home ($15,000).
3. Funds to purchase a produce stand for Jubilee Food Market ($2,000).
4. Donations to hire someone to help Mission Waco with technology and its website ($15,000).
5. Donations toward the purchase of an ultrasound machine for Meyer Center Community Clinic ($949).

Methodist Children’s Home
Offering hope since 1890
1111 Herring Avenue | 800/853-1272 |

Founded in Waco, Methodist Children’s Home is a nationally accredited child care agency that offers hope to children, youth and families through a nurturing, Christian community on its Waco campus, at the MCH Boys Ranch near Axtell and in 13 communities across Texas and New Mexico through MCH Family Outreach.

1. Donations of $35 to provide a music lesson for one resident on the Waco campus.
2. Donations of $50 to provide school supplies for one child.
3. Donations of $200 to provide school uniforms for one child attending the charter school on the Waco campus.
4. Donations of $300 to sponsor the cost of one parent education class in Waco through MCH Family Outreach.
5. Donations of $1,200 to cover the costs of the FFA program for one month at the MCH Boys Ranch.

Midway ISD Education Foundation
Moving education forward
13885 Woodway Drive | 254/761-5614 |

Through the community’s support, the foundation distributes resources for programs and projects that enhance the quality of education and inspire Midway students and teachers.

1. Bags of wrapped candy to use in promoting staff drive.
2. 9-by-12-inch manila envelopes.
3. Gift cards to area restaurants or venues to give as staff drawing prizes.
4. Amazon gift cards to use in purchasing classroom grant supplies.
5. Donations to support classroom grant requests.

National Injury Prevention Council
Saving lives by finding solutions
214 Laurel Oaks Lane, Crawford | 951/897-4545 |

The National Injury Prevention Council seeks to promote injury prevention efforts to save lives and minimize injury through research, programming, professional development and outreach.

1. Donations to fund creative and innovative childhood injury prevention programs in drowning prevention, ATV safety and car seat education.
2. Donations to send staff to quality educational programs and conferences for continuing education credits that enrich the injury prevention programs.
3. Sponsors and auction donors for the third annual Hats and Pearls gala.
4. Donations to advance the Backyard Pool and Spa Educational Awareness program to reduce drownings in McLennan County.
5. Volunteers to work on website and social media campaigns.

Providence Hospice
Because your life matters
6700 Sanger Avenue | 254/399-9099 |

Providence Hospice encourages and provides comfort to those in need, regardless of their circumstances, with patient care, family support and health care education.

1. Prepacked, individually wrapped snacks for families at Providence Hospice Place.
2. Bath products for patients.
3. New toys and children’s books for pediatric patients and siblings.
4. Financial gifts to provide care for neighbors in need.
5. Volunteers to share in Providence Hospice’s mission.

Start Up Waco
So everyone who strives can succeed
605 Austin Avenue | |

Start Up Waco is a community wide public/private collaboration that empowers entrepreneurs and innovators to start, build and grow successful businesses through coworking space, mentorships and educational programs.

1. Promotional item sponsorships, including Wi-Fi, pen, coffee station and T-shirt sponsorships from $2,500 to $15,000, to fund entrepreneur programs and events ($50,000 total).
2. Financial sponsorships to fund seed capital programs such as business accelerators, mentor programs and idea challenges ($119,000).
3. Experienced mentors to lead workshops and teach business principles in the areas of engineering, accounting, business, marketing, legal services, etc.
4. Financial sponsorships to fund an operating endowment that will provide an ongoing stream of operating money and ensure Start Up Waco’s long-term success.
5. Financial sponsorships to fund the first five years of operational expenses ($1.5 million).

The Salvation Army Waco
Serving McLennan County
4721 West Waco Drive | 254/756-7271 |

The Salvation Army helps meet the needs of those left behind by a prospering community or those affected by crisis by providing myriad services, including emergency shelters, food pantry access and disaster services.  

1. Welcome Home kits for homeless families moving into their own homes, filled with items needed to start fresh, including bedding sets, pillows, curtains, bathroom items, kitchenware (dishes, silverware, cups), cleaning supplies and/or furniture.
2. Plumbing repairs for Sally’s House, the Salvation Army’s shelter for homeless women and families with children ($3,500).
3. Funding for Pathway of Hope, a new initiative to provide case management services to families with children who are motivated to break the cycle of generational poverty.
4. Field trip sponsors, providing funding or gift certificates to educational regional attractions for children attending summer day camp.
5. A new security system for the Fresh Start reintegration program facility ($10,000).

Robinson Education Foundation
Every student, every day
500 West Lyndale Drive | 254/662-0194 |

The foundation enriches and expands innovative programs for teachers and staff at Robinson ISD.

1. Gift cards and silent auction items for foundation events.
2. Monetary donations to fund creative and innovative programs within Robinson ISD.
3. Sponsors for foundation events, including the annual Reverse Raffle, Rockets Go Wild zoo event and Color Run.
4. Sponsors for the annual Celebration of Stars banquet honoring Robinson ISD’s top 25 graduates and their selected teachers of choice.
5. T-shirt sponsors for the 2019 Employee Giving campaign.

Waco Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Building homes, community & hope: What will you build?
1224 Franklin Avenue | 254/756-7575 |

The Waco Habitat for Humanity ReStore supports the mission of Waco Habitat for Humanity by offering a diverse selection of building materials at reduced prices, serving as a center for recycling and donations, and providing community service and volunteer opportunities.

1. Ice machine.
2. Building materials for ReStore.
3. Donations toward a new storefront sign for the ReStore.
4. End-of-the-year financial donations to allow Habitat for Humanity to continue building homes.
5. Builders to donate time and skills to help build houses.

Talitha Koum Institute
My child, rise up!
1311 Clay Avenue | 254/753-1144 |

Talitha Koum Institute hosts brain development programs for trauma-affected children in its Nurture Center as well as at La Vega Primary School in the Rapoport Sensory Integration Lab.

1. Children’s Pull-Ups in sizes 4 and 5.
2. Clorox disinfectant wipes (non-bleach).
3. Two Step2 wagons for two, available at Walmart (item #552110971).
4. Melissa & Doug fold-and-go barn with seven animal play figures.
5. Black & Decker LSTE525 20V MAX lithium easy feed string trimmer/edger with two batteries and sweeper.

Waco Symphony Orchestra
Celebrating the 57th season
600 Austin Avenue, Suite 10 | 254/754-0851 |

The Waco Symphony Council raises funds to support the Waco Symphony Orchestra, which provides a rewarding live music experience in Central Texas.

1. Donations to continue providing tuition assistance for the Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra members.
2. Donations to provide musical instruments for the Waco Symphony Orchestra’s Adopt-a-School band programs.
3. Individuals to become season ticket holders for the 2018-2019 season.
4. Sponsors and donations for the Waco Symphony Council, which raises funds to support the annual children’s concert and the annual Belles and Brass program.

Waco ISD Education Foundation
Raising the power of education
501 Franklin Avenue, Third Floor | 254/755-9517 |

The foundation focuses on early childhood development, enhanced programming for advanced students and extended education for staff with an emphasis on student performance.

1. Readers and scorers for the Innovative Grant program.
2. Campus volunteers and mentors to support student academic improvement.
3. Financial contributions, which can be designated for specific campus or district programs, scholarships, or honorariums and memorials.
4. Sponsors and auction donors for the 13th annual H-E-B Celebrity Cookoff.
5. Support for other community organizations that benefit and impact the students and families of Waco ISD.

Combat slavery. Ignite hope.
505 North 20th Street | 254/757-2333 |

UnBound fights human trafficking by training community members to keep people safe through prevention, professional training and survivor advocacy.

1. H-E-B gift cards ($50 each) for survivors to buy basic needs as they reestablish their lives of freedom.
2. Bus passes ($30 each) to provide transportation for human trafficking survivors, helping them start a new life in Waco.
3. Funds for a part-time training director, who will provide human trafficking prevention and awareness training to vulnerable youth in the community ($15,000).
4. Donations for a case management system, which will equip UnBound to provide and track vital services to human trafficking victims and survivors ($7,500).
5. Donations to fund a human trafficking awareness video ($3,000).