The Giving Guide 2019

By Heather Garcia and Jen Naylor Gesick

Holiday gift guides are all the rage, whether you’re looking for ideas for that hard-to-shop-for loved one or products that are ethically sourced and promote sustainability. Many organizations also mail out booklets to promote gift-giving to those outside your family and friends, such as buying a goat for a single mom in a third-world country or giving money to help a child go to school. And just as we encouraged our readers last month to #ShopWaco, we’d like to extend that challenge this month to #GiveWaco.

Smaller nonprofits might not have the resources to drop a gift guide in your mailbox, but they still have plenty of needs. Every organization found on the following pages is either a local nonprofit or a local chapter of a national nonprofit. We’ve asked them to list five practical ways that our readers can fill in the gaps to help them accomplish their missions in our community.

Each of these groups advertised in our June Nonprofit issue, so if you’d like to learn more about the work they do, you can find information at Now, settle in with a cup of hot cocoa and a pen and take note of a nonprofit that speaks to your heart, or maybe you’ll find that an unused item lying around your house is just what a nonprofit needs. One person can’t provide it all, but together we can make a significant impact for our community.

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 Gender-neutral sweatpants and sweatshirts (adult sizes small to 2XL).
2 Lobby furniture for the Victims Center.
3 New stuffed animals and blankets.
4 Family time activity gift cards.
5 Monetary donations for items not covered by grants.

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

The Animal Birth Control Clinic believes that every cat and dog in Central Texas deserves a happy, healthy life at home with a loving family of their own.

1 Gently used towels and sheets.
2 6-foot ladder.
3 OxiClean laundry detergent.
4 Cat and dog food.
5 Cat and dog treats.

American Red Cross Serving the Heart of Texas
Sleeves up. Hearts open. All in.
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.

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 Donations and pledges to The Art Center’s building fund to complete the renovation at the new location, 701 South Eighth Street.
2 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.
3 Individuals to become members of The Art Center, supporting the mission of promoting the arts in Central Texas.

CASA of McLennan County
Every child has a chance — It’s you.
1208 North Fifth Street | 254/304-7982 |

When children enter the foster care system because their homes are no longer safe, a judge may appoint a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA volunteer, to help them and serve as the “eyes and ears” for the judge in child welfare cases.

1 Several 1-inch three-ring binders for volunteer training manuals.
2 Countertop food warmer tray for donated dinners on volunteer training nights.
3 Supplies for coffee bar, including assorted Keurig cups, nonrefrigerated coffee creamers, stir sticks, etc.
4 New, full-size refrigerator with ice maker, top and bottom freezer/fridge to hold large meal dishes.
5 Monetary donations to the Forever Home capital campaign.

Beauty from Ashes Mobile Salon
The Cutting Edge Salon & Spa
2301 Washington Avenue | 254/776-8006 | Facebook: TheCuttingEdgeSalonAndSpa

Beauty from Ashes is a mobile hair salon in progress that Cherie Hudson, owner of The Cutting Edge Salon and Spa, began to solve a problem of doing haircuts for the homeless out in the open where they are vulnerable to wind, cold and rain.

1 A brake mechanic for the truck.
2 A heater for a camper or motor home.
3 Salon supplies.
4 Toiletries or other items for the homeless.
5 Monetary donations.

Bosque Arts Center
Home to all facets of the visual and performing arts
215 South College Hill Drive, Clifton | 254/675-3724 |

Bosque Arts Center and its subgroups host diverse activities: concerts, community theater, workshops, culinary events, literary meetings, auctions, youth day camps, as well as art, photo, quilt and songwriting competitions.

1 New office chair.
2 Light board for the tin building theater ($8,000).
3 Donations to fund the annual quilt show ($2,500).
4 Donations toward the Bill Anderson Concert ($10,000).
5 Donations of labor and materials to build an on-site storage unit for the clubs and groups affiliated with the Bosque Arts Center.

Caritas of Waco
Beyond hunger to hope
300 South 15th Street | 254/753-4593 |

Caritas of Waco provides urgent assistance — food, clothing, household items, utility payments and more — to an average of 2,500 families in need per month.

1 New forklift.
2 Blankets.
3 Household-size electric heaters.
4 New socks (all sizes).
5 New walking shoes for men and women
(all sizes).

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 a sexually transmitted disease.

1 New baby beds.
2 Diapers (all sizes) and wipes.
3 Baby toiletries.
4 Monetary donations for medical program operations.
5 Monetary donations to the endowment at the Waco Foundation in the name of Care Net Pregnancy Center of Central Texas.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Waco
Great futures start here
1700 North 21st Street | 254/752-6443
2020 Richter Avenue | 254/754-2451

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 Two portable PA systems ($150 each).
2 Two bumper pool tables ($500 each).
3 Two commercial vacuums ($250 each).
4 New fencing at Youngblood Unit ($12,000).
5 Back-a-Kid scholarship for a week ($15), a month ($60) or a year ($600).

Christian Men’s Job Corps of Waco
“As iron sharpens iron, so shall one man sharpen another.”
1226 Washington Avenue | 254/855-4823 |

At Christian Men’s Job Corps of Waco, the mission is to equip, build and sustain men through personal, professional and spiritual growth.

1 A single-story, accessible building in the downtown area to provide adequate space and facilities to grow the program.
2 12 laptop computers to update and expand the computer lab.
3 A lockable storage cabinet.
4 Dinnerware and serving utensils.
5 Funding to make CMJC’s part-time director full time, increasing the hours of operation and the number of men served.

Christian Women’s Job Corps
Nurturing women, transforming lives
500 Webster Avenue (Enter at 500 Clay Avenue) | 254/757-0416 |

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

1 20 noise-canceling headphones (over ear).
2 20 classroom laptops.
3 Four new desk chairs.
4 Gift cards to be used toward gas, food and necessities for students.
5 Mentors to provide support to students.

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 Monetary donations to be used toward tuition assistance for needy families to be able to receive the gift of a Catholic education. (St. Mary’s)

Charity Champions
Helping those who help others
510 North Valley Mills Drive | 254/755-7000 |

Five years ago, TFNB Your Bank For Life started the Charity Champions program to give back to the community; charity Champions are six nonprofit organizations chosen annually after nomination by the community.

1 An agency laptop to be used by medical program and staff. (Children’s Advocacy Center of Central Texas,
2 Freezer for the McGregor Food Pantry. (Rhett Revolution,
3 Funding for a free-standing, state-of-the-art 24-room hospice house with room for grief care groups and gatherings plus other comforts for the families and patients (Providence Hospice,
4 Dedicated, committed volunteers. (No Limitations,
5 Modular training tables and chairs for a new training space. (Communities in Schools of the Heart of Texas,
6 Trailer for the glass recycling program. (Keep Waco Beautiful,

Communities In Schools
Heart of Texas
1001 Washington Avenue | 254/753-6002 |

Communities In Schools of the Heart of Texas is a dropout prevention and student success organization focused on creating transformational relationships with students that lead to success both in and out of the classroom.

1 Tables and chairs for training room.
2 Clear backpacks.
3 Monetary donations for GED and college equivalency test fees.
4 Monetary donations to provide prepackaged food packs for Waco High and University High students.
5 Sponsorship of college field trips for middle and high school students.

Faith in Action Initiatives
Sharing resources with the local and worldwide community
2911 Herring Avenue | 254/202-1280

Baylor Scott & White’s Faith in Action Initiatives program is designed to help bring compassionate care to those in need — both locally and internationally.

1 Basic hygiene supplies, such as shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, washcloths, etc., to give to local nonprofit organizations and to send in the case of disaster relief to humanitarian aid organizations internationally.
2 Monetary donations to support the monthly shipping out of free medical supplies and equipment to medical missions and humanitarian aid all over the world.
3 Monetary donations toward medical mission scholarships to send health care professionals around the world to care for the medical needs of impoverished people.
4 Volunteers at the Second Life Resource Center to help sort medical supplies and equipment for distribution; call for available times.

The Cove
Ending youth homelessness
2226 Washington Avenue | 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 programs.

1 An office printer like the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M570dn Color Laser Printer.
2 Hygiene products for students, including deodorant, lip balm, bristle hairbrushes, hair picks, shower combs, underwear (sizes small-medium), and men’s razors and shave gel; specific items can be found on The Cove’s Amazon wish list.
3 Student snack items, including cheese sticks, beef jerky, individually packaged crackers, juice boxes, granola bars, etc.
4 Bulk packages of plastic cups, plates, forks and napkins.
5 Once per month professional cleaning crew.

Friends for Life
Live the fullest life 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 items and supplies for Gifts for Grannies, life skills training, bingo and fun projects.
4 Gift cards to H-E-B, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy and restaurants to help low-income clients and to treat them on their birthdays.
5 Monetary gifts of any size to help Friends for Life reach out and help more people in need.

Compassion Ministries
Dreaming of a “white Christmas”
1421 Austin Avenue | 254/755-7640 |

Compassion’s proven program based on mentorship, accountability and teaching personal responsibility has helped hundreds of homeless families in Waco obtain full-time employment and permanent housing.

1 Paper towels.
2 Toilet paper.
3 Kleenex.
4 Notebook paper.
5 Baby wipes.

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 Resurfacing for facility parking lot.
2 Large capacity washing machines and dryers.
3 Kuranda dog beds (any size).
4 Pedigree Puppy Food & Pedigree Small Bites.
5 Clumping cat litter.

Heart of Texas Therapeutic Riding Center
Equine-assisted activities and therapies
848 East White Oak Road, West | 254/717-7017 |

Formed in 2001, the riding center is a place where horses and dogs and the great outdoors can work their magic with children and adults with disabilities.

1 Scholarships for students who have completed programs through agencies that allow only a limited number of sessions.
2 Training to establish an equine-assisted program that incorporates counseling on the ground with clients who cannot or choose not to ride ($1,500).
3 Donations to complete the road for wheelchair access ($10,000).

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 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 3 laptops with docking stations.

Greater Waco Legal Services
Love and justice
1700 Colcord Avenue | 254/733-2828 |

GWLS provides affordable legal services, holistic advocacy and community-driven problem solving so all members of the community have equal access to justice, thus growing healthier, more educated and financially secure.

1 Landscaping materials like plants,
additional lighting and building signage
for the Justice Barn.
2 Office supplies like yellow legal pads, copy paper, letter-size brown envelopes, etc.
3 Sustaining partners for 2020 and beyond to give monthly or annually; committed donors can give anywhere from $5/month and up.
4 Financial donations to total $30,000 by the end of 2019 to further subsidize the affordability of legal services.
5 Volunteers needed to help GWLS plan fundraising events and for administrative support, as well as lawyers to participate in clinics and workshops.

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 T-shirt sponsor.
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 May 2020 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.

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 Kuranda dog bed funds.
5 Adoption sponsorships ($50 each).

Lutheran Sunset Ministries
Inspired retirement living
413 Sunset Avenue, Clifton | 254/675-8637 |

With more than 60 years of ministry, Lutheran Sunset Ministries offers a full continuum of person-centered support for every stage of life on a 32-acre campus in a vibrant neighborhood in Clifton, Texas.

1 Monetary donations to be made at

Family Abuse Center
Help eliminate domestic violence in Central Texas
800/283-8401 (24-hour hotline) | 254/772-8999 |

For 40 years, Family Abuse Center has served victims of domestic violence by providing an emergency safety shelter, 24-hour crisis hotline, case management, legal advocacy, children’s services and counseling.

1 New or gently used twin, full and queen-sized mattresses.
2 Children’s playroom rugs.
3 Commercial lawn equipment like a lawn mower, weed eater, etc.
4 Items from Family Abuse Center’s Amazon wish list.
5 Donations of $40 to support Family Abuse Center.

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 Twelve 6-foot rectangular folding tables.
2 Eight 108-inch round black tablecloths and twelve 60-by-120-inch rectangular black tablecloths.
3 Monetary gifts to the Historic Waco Foundation endowment at Community Bank & Trust for the preservation of the historic homes.
4 Volunteers interested in history to become docents at the homes and to assist with programming.

Meals on Wheels Waco
Much more than a meal
501 West Waco Drive | 254/752-0316 |

Meals on Wheels Waco provides not only home-delivered meals to a growing population of senior adults and their pets, but it meets even more needs through its transportation program and senior centers.

1 Donations of $40 per month to provide one client with one week of meals.
2 Donations of $80 per month to provide one client with two weeks of meals.
3 Donations of $120 per month to provide one client with three weeks of meals.
4 Donations of $150 per month to provide one client with meals for one month.
5 Donations of $1,820 per year to provide one client with one year of meals.

March of Dimes
Healthy moms. Strong babies.
208 Hewitt Drive, Suite 103 | 254/644-1224 |

March of Dimes fights for the health of all moms and babies because every baby deserves the best possible start.

1 New/unused travel-sized items for NICU Care Kits for families: deodorant, face wipes, dry shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, small journal, lip balm, hand sanitizer, gum or mints.
2 Food, beverage and dessert sponsors for monthly NICU family support events, March for Babies kickoff in February or Remember event in October.
3 Family/company teams for 2020 March for Babies at Cameron Park Zoo April 25; teams can register at
4 Gift cards or crocheted hats to hand out to families who
are in the NICU for extended stays (Panera, Potbelly, Newk’s, Jason’s Deli, etc.).
5 Create a do-it-yourself fundraising campaign at to make a meaningful gift to help moms and babies in your community.

Hewitt Public Library
The new norm
200 Patriot Court | 254/666-2442 |

The Hewitt Public Library is an active community hub, encouraging personal enrichment, meaningful collaboration and content creation.

1 Magnification products for the visually impaired to use with computers and books.
2 Donations of gift cards such as Walmart, Target, Amazon, Michaels and Hobby Lobby
to use with programming needs.
3 Donation of a park bench for the library courtyard.
4 Monetary donations for assistive computer devices, including mobile handheld and PC software aids for people with disabilities.
5 Monetary donations to fund the purchase of a Short Édition short story dispenser, a unique vending machine that prints out short stories.

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 and 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.

Methodist Children’s Home
A nurturing, Christian community
1111 Herring Avenue | 800/853-1272 |

Founded in Waco in 1890, Methodist Children’s Home is a nationally accredited child care agency with residential and community-based programs in Waco and Axtell.

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 $250 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.

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

Providence Hospice serves patients and families with a customized care plan, whether they choose to reside in the comfort of their own home or one of the many quality facilities in the greater Waco area.

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 Monetary donations to help meet patient and family needs.
5 Volunteers to share in Providence Hospice’s mission.

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

Midway ISD Education Foundation invests in Midway ISD by generating and distributing resources for programs and projects that enhance the quality of education.

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

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

By funding scholarships, professional development and capital improvements, MCC Foundation hopes to enhance quality of life, encourage success and positively change the futures of students and their families.

1 Donations to the MCC Food Pantry; $25 can provide three meals for a student’s family.
2 Donations toward emergency grants; $250 funds one grant for a student who encounters life-altering emergencies.
3 Individuals to become Hearts in the Arts members; a $500 gift earns you two HIA memberships, season tickets and more.
4 $3,000 to meet a donor’s match to endow the Alvin Pollard, Sr. Men of Color Success Scholarship.
5 $25,000 to endow one Presidential Scholarship in perpetuity; Presidential Scholars serve as college ambassadors and learn from study tours to New York and Washington, D.C.

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

Talitha Koum Institute is a mental health therapeutic nurture center, focusing on the brain development of trauma-affected children from infancy to 4 years old.

1 Graco Tranzitions 3-in-1 Harness Booster Convertible Car Seat.
2 Toshiba Wireless/Portable Bluetooth Top Loading CD Boombox. 
3 Diapers or Pull-Ups (sizes 3, 4, 5)
and baby wipes. 
4 Clorox wipes, bleach-free.
5 B toys Zany Wooden Activity Cube.

The Salvation Army of Waco
Doing the most good
4721 West Waco Drive | 254/756-7271 |

In McLennan County, the Salvation Army helps individuals and families as they rebuild their lives with a wide spectrum of programs and services.

1 Welcome Home kits for previously homeless families filled with items needed to make a fresh start, including bedding sets, pillows, curtains, bathroom items, kitchenware (dishes, silverware, cups), cleaning supplies and other essentials.
2 20 cots for the men’s emergency shelter to use after bunk beds are filled ($200 each).
3 Funding for Pathway of Hope, a new initiative to provide long-term, intensive, practical, individualized case management services to families with children who are motivated to change the path of their own lives and break the cycle of generational poverty; seeking underwriting to expand this program.
4 Day camp sponsors, providing gift certificates or funding for outings for the children to visit educational regional attractions.
5 A 12-passenger van or minivan to help transport clients to jobs and appointments, to continue case management through home visits and other programs and services.

The Shepherd’s Heart
Feeding families. Changing lives.
1401 North 34th Street | 254/722-9517 |

Shepherd’s Heart serves thousands of families protecting their children from being without food; the organization exists to meet poverty and hunger head on and overcome it.

1 Clothing, household items or furniture to be donated to a family in need or sold at the resale store, Things from the Heart.
2 New donors to keep pace with the needs, especially during the holidays; $5 can feed a family.
3 Volunteer drivers to help deliver groceries to homebound seniors.
4 Volunteers Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon to help receive donations and stock the pantry.
5 Volunteers at Things from the Heart to help process donations.

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

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

1 Sponsorships for students and parents at upcoming Celebration of Stars event ($25 per ticket).
2 Gift cards and silent auction items for foundation events.
3 Monetary donations to fund creative and innovative programs within Robinson ISD.
4 Sponsors for foundation events, including the annual Coronation or Celebration of Stars, such as student awards ($250) or teacher grants ($500).
5 T-shirt sponsors for the 2020 Employee Giving campaign.

Viable Options in Community Endeavors, Inc.
1105 Wooded Acres Drive, Suite 110 | 254/741-9222 |

VOICE encourages children and their families to live healthy lives by avoiding tobacco, alcohol, and drug use and misuse.

1 Funds for supplies for summer programs in low-income neighborhoods.
2 Gift cards for a family strengthening program that serves truant students.
3 Donations for college scholarships for teen leadership program graduates.
4 Sponsorships for the Bunny Brunch fundraiser.
5 Monetary donations toward general operating expenses.

Providence Foundation
Directly impacting the health and wellness of the Waco community
6901 Medical Parkway | 254/751-4762 |

Providence Foundation has served as the philanthropic arm to support advanced technology, innovative services and the strategic priorities of Ascension Providence for more than 25 years.

1 Sponsorships for Providence Gala 2020.
2 Here for You campaign partners.
3 Donations to John F. Sheehy, Jr. Education Fund.
4 Donations to Honor the Red, White & Blue Veterans Recognition Program.
5 Support for ongoing, urgent needs through the 1905 fund.

Waco Symphony Orchestra
Music is the key. Unlock your life.
600 Austin Avenue, Suite 10 | 254/754-0851 |

Performing music from classical masterpieces and ballet to classic rock and Broadway, Waco Symphony Orchestra offers a rich and 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 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.

The TSTC Foundation
Look into the future.
3801 Campus Drive | 254/867-3900 |

The TSTC Foundation supports the critical needs of students with scholarships, hardships, tools and equipment, and it provides funds for new and emerging technical programs to support the Texas workforce.

1 Donations to the Texan Success Scholarship Campaign, a scholarship program geared at helping new full-time and part-time students coming to TSTC.
2 Donations to Helping Hands Scholarship Fund, providing emergency aid to help students with expenses outside of tuition such as books, tools or housing needs.

Starry Counseling
Nurture. Strengthen. Restore.
2323 Columbus Avenue, Suite A | 254/399-6552 |

Starry Counseling nurtures children, strengthens families and restores hope by providing professional counseling and family support services at no cost to families with children up to 17 years old.

1 $100 to purchase a 2-by-3-foot therapeutic sand tray for use in counseling sessions with children and youth.
2 $200 to purchase therapeutic tools such as fidgets and sensory tools for use in counseling sessions with children and youth.
3 $700 to purchase two love seats and family-friendly decor for youth and family counseling rooms.
4 $1,025 to fund one professional counselor to be trained to assist minority clients living in poverty in the treatment of their trauma at no cost to the family.
5 $10,000 to 20,000 to fund a part-time counselor to deliver 260-416 hours of free counseling services to 60-75 youth and their families annually.

The Youth Chorus of Central Texas
Bridging our community through song
P.O. Box 84, Waco 76703 |

The Youth Chorus of Central Texas promotes music literacy and excellence in vocal artistry through the preparation and performance of choral singing.

1 2 Member’s Mark 6-Level commercial storage shelving units, Item #773603, Model #18496ZN ($89 each).
2 6 Sterilite 56-quart clear storage boxes with white lids ($6 each).
3 6 packs of 12 Just Basics round-ring view black binders, 1/2” rings, Item #206938 ($41 each).
4 YCCT singer tuition sponsorship ($250).
5 YCCT concert music purchase partner ($500).

World Hunger Relief, Inc.
Nourishing people, communities and the land
356 Spring Lake Road | 254/799-5611 |

World Hunger Relief, Inc., “the Farm,” is a Christian organization committed to the alleviation of food insecurity and malnutrition through sustainable agriculture and community development.

1 Canning jars (pint and quart) to can veggies for market.
2 FiveStar 60-inch gas range.
3 Kawasaki Mule PRO FXT six-seater.
4 Home Depot and Lowe’s gift cards to help with maintenance to be performed on the Farm.
5 Monetary donations to help package 130 veggie prescription boxes a week with a partnership with Family Health Center; just under half of the cost is covered for the $7 boxes.

End human trafficking. Ignite hope.
505 North 20th Street | 254/757-2333 |

Unbound Waco seeks to end human trafficking in Central Texas communities through prevention and awareness, professional training and survivor advocacy.

1 Laptop for the director of training to create new curriculum, host training events and communicate with community leaders seeking human trafficking training ($2,000).
2 H-E-B gift cards for the basic needs of survivors, including groceries, medications and home goods ($20-$50 each).
3 Supplies for one semester of middle school prevention groups in Waco ISD middle schools ($50 per group).
4 One year of car insurance and maintenance for a case management car to provide transportation services to victims ($1,200).
5 Case management car to provide transportation services to victims in Central Texas ($15,000).

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 14th annual H-E-B Celebrity Cookoff.
5 Support for other community organizations that benefit and impact the students and families of Waco ISD.

Waco Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Building homes, community and hope
1224 Franklin Avenue | 254/756-0131 |

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 Forklift.
2 Skid steer.
3 Building materials for ReStore.
4 A new storefront sign for ReStore.
5 Builders to donate time and skills to help build houses.

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