The Giving Guide 2022

By Chris Klimkowski and Emily Ober

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” — John Holmes

The season of giving is upon us and this year we encourage you to think beyond the traditional lists for family and friends and include some local nonprofits that need your help.

The last few years have been difficult for many, but nonprofits have suffered more than most throughout the pandemic. As we finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, we should take stock of our blessings and perhaps try to make that light a little brighter for those still struggling.

Wacoan has a special relationship with local nonprofits and each year we survey those that advertised in our Nonprofit issue to create a Wish List of their most needed items so our readers can easily find out what they can do to help. To find out more about these organizations, read ahead or see their profiles at

The needs range from very specific products to general donations of time or money. Whether you give financially or sign up to volunteer, we encourage you to join us in making the holidays a little brighter for Waco and our neighbors in need because it truly is better to give than to receive.

Advocacy Center for Crime Victims & Children
From Victims To Victors

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

3312 Hillcrest Drive | 254/752-9330 |

$5,000 designated to emergency assistance for clients.
$100 HEB or Walmart gift cards.
Items for the hospitals (contact for details).
Hospital supplies (gender neutral sweats (XL and 2XL), diapers (all sizes).

Bosque Arts Center
A Hidden Gem in Clifton

Bosque Arts Center hosts concerts, community theatre, workshops, culinary events, literary meetings, auctions, youth day camps, as well as art, photo, quilt and songwriting competitions.

215 South College Hill Drive, Clifton | 254/675-3724 |

Projector for Tin Building Theatre.
Portable storage building.
Clear plastic storage totes.
Lavex industrial large gray two-shelf utility cart.

Cameron Park Zoological & Botanical Society
Supporting Cameron Park Zoo

The Cameron Park Zoological & Botanical Society founded Waco’s beloved zoo and has guided its growth for nearly seven decades. The Society’s strong, long-standing partnership with the City of Waco allows funding for myriad programs, exhibits and other zoo activities with private donations rather than the people of Waco’s tax dollars. Donate directly at

1701 N Fourth Street | 254/750-8400 |

$25 donation to purchase enrichment toys for small animals like meerkats, birds and squirrel monkeys.
$100 donation to purchase art supplies for our animal artists.
$500 donation to purchase Boomer Balls and heavy-duty toys for lions and tigers.
$1000+ donation to help fund improvement projects like the new Education Building, Vet Hospital, and Penguin Habitat.

Beyond Hunger to Hope

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.

300 South 15th Street | 254/753-4593 |

Men’s hats.
Hand operated can openers.

Catholic Schools – Diocese of Austin
Forming Children in Wisdom and Holiness

Bishop Louis Reicher Catholic School and St. Mary’s Catholic School in West provide complete faith-based programs dedicated to the social, physical, intellectual, religious and psychological formation of children. The following items are for St. Mary’s Catholic School.

Bishop Louis Reicher
2102 North 23rd Street, Waco | 254/752-8349

St. Mary’s Catholic School
507 West Spruce Street, West | 254/826-5991

Alternative seating options in the 5th grade classroom.
Monetary donations towards a new playground ($40,000 project).
Monetary donations towards new keyless entry doors in two buildings ($30,000 project).
New tables and chairs in the cafeteria.
Google Pixel 6 Pro – Unlocked Smartphone.

Charity Champions
Helping Those Who Help Others

Since 2014, TFNB Your Bank for Life has supported nonprofit efforts in the Waco area through its Charity Champions program to give back to the community. These organizations are chosen annually from nominations submitted by the public.

901 South Eighth Street | 254/840-2836 |

Community Cancer Association: 100 new monthly donors at the $25/month level.
Council for Life Central Texas: $150,000 to continue supporting organizations that share their vision.
Grassroots Community Development: $90,000 to provide $2,000 per family toward purchasing a home.
HOT Homeless Coalition: $100,000 for programs to support and educate homeless in our area.
REACH Therapeutic Riding: $30,000 to purchase horse trailer.
Waco Symphony Association: $60,000 in funding for education and outreach.

Christian Women’s Job Corps
Nurturing Women, Transforming Lives

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.

500 Webster Avenue (Enter at Clay Avenue) | 254/757-0416 |

$150 GED scholarships donations.
HP student laptops or Chromebooks.
New 1-inch binders.
White copy paper.
Large flats of bottled water.

Community Healthcare of Texas
Leader of Compassionate Care

The mission of Community Healthcare of Texas is to provide compassionate, end-of-life care services. Their vision is to be the recognized leader for end-of-life care in all our communities with their core values and standards of behavior which include compassion, integrity, commitment, teamwork, service and quality.

6700 Sanger Avenue | 800/625-9328 |

55-inch TVs and wall mounts for hospice house (8).
Roku Sticks or Firesticks for hospice house (8).
Snacks and refreshments for families with loved ones at hospice house.
Donations to pay for memory items for families who have children on hospice.
Donations to aid families who are uninsured.

Communities in Schools
Heart of Texas

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.

1001 Washington Avenue | 254/753-6002 |

Clear plastic backpacks.
New coats/jackets for K-12 students.
Monetary support for weekend and holiday food assistance for students.
Monetary support for the Stephana High and Robin McKee Student Success Scholarship ($500 scholarships to graduating CIS Seniors).
Owl Labs Meeting Owl 3 conferencing camera.

Creative Waco Artprenticeship
Adding Color to the Community

ARTPrenticeship provides life-changing opportunities for talented high school creatives to have paid mentored work experience creating quality murals and films. Help change lives and our community.

712 Austin Avenue | 254/300-8677 |

$20 donations to provide snacks to help team power through the painting process.
$60 donations to keep our team rolling (paint rollers, brushes, SD cards and mics).
$200 donations to add color to our community with 5-gallon paint cans.
$600 donations to fund the salaries of a mural or film apprentice.

The Cove
Ending Youth Homelessness

The Cove offers a safe environment for teenagers experiencing homelessness to access hot meals, showers, tutors, counselors, hygiene items and other resources.

524 West Waco Drive | 254/224-6095 |

Walmart gift cards for youth experiencing homelessness,
Full-sized 50-inch portable basketball goal.
Monetary donations for new vehicle to provide transportation for youth.
Cleaning supplies (Clorox wipes, Lysol, laundry detergent pods).
Paper products (paper towels, plastic cups, paper plates, plastic flatware).

Family Abuse Center
Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence

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.

800/283-8401 (24-hour hotline) | 254/772-8999 |

Twin sheets and blankets.
Nonperishable food items.
Cleaning supplies (paper towels and 13-gallon and 33-gallon trash bags).
General donations for operations.
Play therapy items.

Friends for Life
Live the Fullest Life Possible

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.

5000 Lakewood Drive | 254/772-7600 |

Donations for scholarships to help adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities learn how to read ($15.95/month or $191.40/year).
Gifts cards to send this Christmas to Independent Living and Money Management clients who have tiny incomes.
Things to keep clients warm (lap quilts, sweat suits, warm socks).
Large print Bibles/books.

Fuzzy Friends
Giving Second Chances

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.

6321 Airport Road | 254/754-9444 |

Laptop computer.
Desk chairs.
Bleach and liquid landry detergent.
Pedigree puppy growth and protection food.
Pedigree adult food and Pedigree small dog.

Grassroots Community Developments
Committed to a Brighter Future for Children, Neighbors and Communities

Grassroots Community Development cultivates healthy neighborhoods by bringing neighbors together to work toward community-driven change with programs for leadership training, financial literacy, homebuyer education, construction, roof repair and more.

1624 Colcord Avenue | 254/235-7358 |

New reception chairs.
Gift cards to celebrate great teachers at local schools.
Tuff Shed for storing building supplies.
Sponsors for our Rooted spring banquet.

Imagination Library of Waco
Ensuring All Children Are Surrounded By Books

Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book gifting program in the world. The Imagination Library mails more than 1.4 million high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to registered children from birth to age five. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading, inspiring them to dream.

424 Clay Avenue, #2237 |

$25 provides twelve books for one local child over one year.
$125 provides books for one child from birth until their 5th birthday.
$625 provides books for five children from birth until their 5th birthdays.
$15,000 would allow us to open another zip code in the greater Waco community.

HOT Goodwill
Advocate for Change

Heart of Texas Goodwill is empowering individuals, strengthening families, building communities and becoming an advocate for change. Everyone deserves a chance to succeed and to fulfill their dreams and goals.

1700 South New Road | 254/753-7337 |

Household good and clothing donations.
2023 Goodwill Gala Sponsorships to benefit education and skill training scholarships.
Goodwill Ambassadors to share our mission and vision.
Donations trailer (enclosed gooseneck cargo).
Participant and partner referrals for job and skills training programs.

Hewitt Public Library
Beyond Books

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

200 Patriot Court | 254/666-2442 |

Contributions toward early literacy, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten supplies.
Donations to fund the purchase of a Short Edition short story dispenser, a unique vending machine that prints out short stories.
Donations to fund the purchase of Braille book sets for children.
Donations for assistive computer devices, including mobile and handheld and PC software aids for people with disabilities.
Donations to fund the purchase of outdoor seating for the library’s butterfly courtyard.

Humane Society of Central Texas
Finding a Friend is Easier Than You Think

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.

2032 Circle Road | 254/754-1454 |

Martingale collars and 6-foot,1-inch leashes.
Large and extra-large wire and airline-style kennels.
Five iPads – for guests to sign in.
Large Cargo Van or Bus to transport animals (locally and nationally).
Monetary donations toward spay/neuter program (about $250,000/year).

Junior League of Waco
Power of Pre-K

The vision of the Junior League of Waco is that all women and children in McLennan County are equipped to thrive and fulfill their full potential, and in 2014 it adopted a community focus of early childhood education.

2600 Austin Avenue | 254/753-5574 |

iPads for Deck the Halls to help process sales at the event.
150 Walmart gift cards for Women’s Empowerment Summit participants ($25 each).
$15 bookstore gift cards for pre-K Awareness Day event.
Donations of $100 to become a Friend of the League to support all Junior League of Waco’s initiatives.
Contributions to the endowment fund at Waco Foundation to ensure future operations.

McLennan Community College Foundation
Affordable Excellence in Higher Education

MCC Foundation acquires financial resources to fund scholarships, professional development and capital improvements for the students, faculty and staff of McLennan Community College and the broader communities it serves.

1400 College Drive | 254/299-8606 |

Paulanne’s Pantry: $25 donations to provide three meals for a student’s family.
McKown Emergency Grant: $250 provides one grant for a financial lifeline for students who encounter life-altering emergencies.
Hearts in the Arts membership: $500 offers two annual memberships that fund student scholarships, equipment, and master classes to support MCC theatre, music and visual arts.
Cameron Courtyard Revitalization: $1,000+ gifts can help bring back the legendary Cameron Summer Home Courtyard to again be Waco’s premier community gathering spot.
Honors College Scholarships: $20,000 endows one named
Honors College Scholarship in perpetuity to bring together motivated learners for great works studies, an academic symposium, and research projects.

Methodist Children’s Home
Helping Children, Youth and Families Flourish

Founded in Waco in 1890, MCH is a nationally accredited childcare agency with residential programs in Waco and Axtell and community-based programs offered through the MCH Family Outreach Center in Waco.

1111 Herring Avenue | 800/853-1272 |

$35 donations to provide a music lesson for one resident on the Waco campus or MCH Boys Ranch.
$50 donations to provide school supplies for one child in residential care or through MCH Family Outreach.
$150 donations to provide a school uniform for one resident.
$350 donations for the cost of clothing for one resident.
$1,500 donations to provide parent education classes through MCH Family Outreach in Waco for one year.

Meals on Wheels
Caring For Our Seniors

Meals on Wheels Waco provides nutritious meals to a growing population of homebound older adults as well as meals and activities to active seniors who participate at its senior centers. Other services include transportation, pet food delivery and veterinary care referrals.

501 West Waco Drive | 254/752-0316 |

Dry pet food (cat and dog).
Countertop microwave ovens, 0.7 cubic feet.
Utility milkhouse-style heaters, 1,500 watts.
$1,200 to purchase an additional laptop.
Donations of $165 to feed a senior for a month ($1,980 for a year).

Midway ISD Education Foundation
Moving Education Forward

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

13885 Woodway Drive | 254/761-5614 |

Cash donations to support classroom grant requests (give online at
Gift cards to area restaurants or venues to give as staff drawing/morale prizes.
Amazon gift cards to use in purchasing classroom grant supplies.
Bags of wrapped candy to use in promoting staff drive.
9×12 manilla envelopes.

Providence Foundation
Here For You

Providence Foundation serves to advance the mission of Ascension Providence Hospital by using generous donor gifts to expand programs and bring the most advanced health care and technology to the community.

6901 Medical Parkway | 254/751-4762 |

Financial support of the ‘Here For You’ campaign.
Financial support of the Structural Heart program.
Financial support of the Orthopedic & Neuroscience Center of Excellence.
Financial support of the Pink Partners program, paying for mammograms and biopsies for underinsured and uninsured women.
Financial support for ongoing, urgent needs to the Unrestricted/Area of Greatest Need Fund.

Sunshine Recovery House
Freedom Through Sober Living

Sunshine Recovery House provides transitional housing and second chances to marginalized women struggling with recovery from alcohol or drug addiction.

708 North 15th Street | 254/307-2732 |

Prayers for continued sobriety, safety and mental, physical and spiritual health over all residents, volunteers and staff members.
Monetary donations for window replacement and essential house repairs.
Monthly donations and H‑E‑B, Walmart and Dollar General gift cards in any amount to help support residents with rent and provisions.
12 full-size thick, warm blankets and bath towels.
Volunteers (one Monday evening a month) to lead or teach residents productive activities or new skills like yoga, budgeting, life skills and more. And a volunteer to provide a
family dinner on the first Monday of the month for 20-25 people.

Mission Waco
Empowering. Equipping. Engaging.

Mission Waco provides Christian-based, holistic, relationship-centered programs that empower the poor and marginalized and mobilize middle-class Americans to become more compassionately involved among the poor.

1315 North 15th Street | 254/753-4900 |

Endowment through Waco Foundation.
Commercial dishwasher for the Meyer Center (serving meals for the homeless).
Deep freezer for Jubilee Food Market.
iPhone 10 or newer for Urban REAP.
$338/year Haiti School Sponsorship.

Texas Sports Hall of Fame
Home of More Than 400 Texas legends

The Texas Sports Hall of Fame preserves the legacies of our inductees and the history of sports in Texas in order to educate and inspire guests of all ages.

1108 South University Parks Dr | 254/756-1633 |

Two new computers.
New sound system.
New 60-inch round tables (plastic with folding legs).
New 8-foot long tables (plastic with folding legs).
HVAC unit.

Unbound Now
End Human Trafficking. Ignite Hope.

Unbound Now Waco fights human trafficking by training community members to keep people safe through prevention, professional training & survivor advocacy.

4300 West Waco Drive, Suite 2 Bldg B | 254/757-2333 | |

Maintenance and utilities for The Reagan, Unbound Now Waco’s home for girls who have experienced sexual exploitation ($17,000).
Birthday parties and gifts for the residents of The Reagan over one year ($3,000).
Donations for staff continuing education to maintain best practices, pursue excellence and grow knowledge ($15,000).
Scholarships to cover monthly costs of girls who need to come to The Reagan House and do not have funding ($6,000 for one month).
Donations toward Victim Services ($15,000).

Talitha Koum
My Child, Rise Up!

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.

1311 Clay Avenue | 254/753-1144 |

A gift of stock or donation to TKI’s Endowment Fund, both through Waco Foundation.
Diapers (sizes 5-7).
Bottles of bubble solution (16-ounce or larger).
Disinfectant wipes (non-bleach type only).
Elmer’s glue bottles (4-ounce size).

Waco Habitat for Humanity
Building Homes, Community and Hope

Waco Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry that brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat uses primarily volunteer labor, including the sweat equity of future homeowners, to build homes which are sold at cost through a zero-interest mortgage.

220 North 11th Street | 254/756-7575 |

Toys for homeowner Christmas party.
Battery-powered drills and drivers.
Monetary donations for Women’s Build 2023 project.
Security camera system.

United Way
Local giving. Local impact.

United Way of Waco-McLennan County is a network of over 100 local businesses and thousands of individuals that come together in partnership to financially support programs that impact children, families and communities. We receive over $1.9 million in grant requests annually. The more money that we raise, the more grants we can fund, so any gift
from $5 to $100,000 makes an impact.

1516 Austin Ave #2 | 254/752-2753 |

Financial donations in support of the Annual Campaign.

Waco Family Medicine
More than 50 Years Serving McLennan and Bell Counties

Formerly Family Health Center, Waco Family Medicine seeks to improve the wellness of medically underserved residents of Central Texas by providing access to high quality, comprehensive primary care including medical, dental, behavioral health and community health services.

1600 Providence Drive | 254/313-4200 |

Gifts of cash toward Building Family Medicine capital campaign.
Gifts of cash toward operational and programmatic support.
Gifts of cash to support our residency program.
Unopened packages or boxes of disposable diapers.