The Giving Guide

By Avery Ballmann, Skylla Mumana and Emily Ober


“I wondered why somebody didn’t do something. Then I realized, I am somebody.” — Unknown

It’s the season of giving and as we end the year, we encourage you to consider those that give back to the community every day of the year. Nonprofits work countless hours to provide for those in need, whether it’s by giving a hot meal to a senior citizen or financial support to families of first responders or free GED classes for women or access to the arts. Every gift they give creates a better life and opportunity for others.

The community in Waco is strong because of our many nonprofit organizations that work together to reach as many as possible. We here at the WACOAN strive to promote the voices of our local nonprofits every year. We reached out to those organizations that advertised in our March Nonprofit issue this year for their wish list of items so that our community can give back this month — or anytime throughout the year. If you’d like to learn more about what they do for our community, read their profiles at

Big or small, whatever gift you give this year will impact the lives of those in the community that need assistance. It is together that we thrive and prosper and as we lift up the less fortunate, we all are better for it.

100 Club of Heart of Texas

Serving Those Who Serve Us

The 100 Club of Heart of Texas provides financial support and service to over 2,100 families of McLennan County first responders who are killed or seriously injured in the line of duty through Club memberships, donations and gifts and annual community fundraising events.

P.O. Box 21990 | 254/457-1681 |

Any monetary donation to help pay the cost of the insurance premium which covers over 2,100 first responders and their families in the event of a line of duty death or serious injury.
Any travel experience package or item which can be auctioned or given as a prize during our May 2, 2024, First Responder Appreciation Benefit Fundraiser.
$1,200 for a canopy with the Club logo for outside venues and event.
$1,300 for printing 2024 Club member decals and other printed materials.
$900 for AV equipment for us to tell our story and our mission at community events.

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 |

Two iPads (new or used).
Three 55-inch TVs.
Gift cards in the amount of $25-$100 from HEB, WalMart, and Visa.
Foldable wagon and fabric lawn chairs.
Art supplies — acrylic paints, construction paper, colored pencils, markers, small easels and canvases.

Ascension Providence Foundation

We are all in this together

Ascension Providence Foundation raises funds for and awareness of Ascension Providence. Donations support expanding programs and bringing advanced technology to serve our community; we would not be able to serve our community without the generous support from our donors and volunteers.

6901 Medical Parkway | 254/751-4762 | |

Financial support of the John F. Sheehy, Jr. Education Fund which provides educational opportunities for associates to further their excellence in patient care for our community
Financial support of the Pink Partners Program which provides life-saving mammograms and diagnostic procedures for under and uninsured women.
Financial support for ongoing, urgent needs to the Area of Greatest Need Fund.
Sponsor the Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby themed event which will be held on May 4th.
Share your Ascension Providence story with us. One of the best ways to highlight our mission is to share stories directly from patients and family members. We could feature your story on our social media, in newsletters or at an event. Share your story at

Cameron Park Zoological & Botanical Society

Supporting Cameron Park Zoo

The Cameron Park Zoological & Botanical Society founded Waco’s beloved zoo and has helped to guide its growth for 30 years. The Society’s strong, long-standing partnership with the City of Waco allows funding for programs, exhibits and other Zoo activities.

1701 North 4th Street | 254/750-8400 |

Private donations help with conservation, animal care and enrichment. If you wish to make a cash donation visit or to purchase enrichment items visit The animals are always in need of ice cubes and boomer balls. Please ship items to Cameron Park Zoo, 1701 North 4th Street, Waco, Texas 76707, Attn: Mammal Keepers.

Bosque Arts Center

A Hidden Gem in Clifton

Bosque Arts Center hosts art exhibits, concerts, community theater, 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 |

Case of printer paper.
Black kitchen cart.
Five 60-inch round tables.
Three new office chairs.

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 forming children in wisdom and holiness.

Bishop Louis Reicher Catholic School |
St. Mary’s Catholic School |

Bishop Louis Reicher: financial assistance with uniforms, books and classroom supplies for students who need it.
For St. Mary’s: Monetary donations to be used toward tuition assistance. Monetary donations to our #iGiveCatholic Campaign towards the student playground.

Charity Champions

Helping those who help others

In 2014, TFNB Your Bank for Life launched the Charity Champions program to give back to the community. Now in their 10th year, they have recognized more than 50 nonprofits in Central Texas chosen from nominations submitted by the public.

901 S. 8th St. | 254/840-2836, Ext. 3334 |

Funding to cover 24 Veterinarian shifts at $1,000/each (Animal Birth Control Clinic).
$500,000 initiative to advance the Gospel to every coach and athlete (Heart of Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes).
$60,000 for scholarships supporting local students in HLN’s mentorship program (Hispanic Leaders’ Network).
Working to secure 350 donors at $30/month (Hope Pregnancy Centers).
Ongoing donors needed for $300 per child entering foster care (Isaiah 117 House).
$60,000 for new market location (Waco Downtown Farmers Market).
$10,000 to deliver Christmas to homes across Waco (Waco Goodfellas).
$30,000 for an office HVAC system (World Hunger Relief Institute).

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 |

Copy paper.
$200 GED scholarships.
Flats of water bottles.
New HP student laptops or Chromebooks.
GED-approved Texas Instruments TI-30XS calculator.

Communities In Schools

Heart of Texas

Communities In Schools of the Heart of Texas is an integrated student support provider that ensures every student has what they need to realize their full potential in school and beyond.

1001 Washington Avenue | 254/753-6002 |

Clear backpacks.
New coats/jackets for K-12 students.
Monetary support for the CIS Student Success Scholarship ($500 scholarships to graduating CIS Seniors).
Monetary support for weekend and holiday food assistance for students.
Toiletries for campus resource closets (Deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, body wash, hair products, etc.).

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 |

Eight 55-inch TVs and wall mounts for our hospice house.
Eight Roku Sticks for our hospice house.
Snacks and refreshments for families with loved ones at our hospice house (individually packaged items like fruit cups, soups, oatmeal, sodas, etc.).
Donations to pay for memory items for families who have children on hospice.
Donations to aid families who are uninsured.

The Cove

Ending Youth Homelessness

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

524 West Waco Drive | 254/224-6095 |

Carpet shampoo.
Phone chargers for Android and iPhone.
Portable basketball goal.
4-10 foldable chairs.
Financial support helps us serve youth experiencing homelessness in various ways.

Friends for Life

We help the vulnerable 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 |

Blankets and stuffed animals.
Slippers and socks (men’s & women’s all sizes).
Men’s gift items (hats, cologne, belts, pajamas).
16-passenger wheelchair bus.
New roof or repair.

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 |

Monetary donations for the following:
Pet shelter.
Winter clothing.
Sheets and bedding (all sizes).
Cleaning supplies.

Hewitt Public Library

Beyond Books

The Hewitt Public Library is an active community hub of personal enrichment, meaningful collaboration and inspired curiosity.

200 Patriot Court | 254/666-2442 |

Drought-resistant plants/flowers for the courtyard garden.
Dollar donations toward the purchase of a Switch, Playstation 5 and/or Xbox Series S for the Teen Area.
Dollar donations toward the purchase of a new bookshelf fixture.
Dollar donations toward the development of the Read-Along Book collection for early readers.
Dollar donations or membership dues to the Friends of the Hewitt Public Library non-profit support group.

Historic Waco

Preserve. Educate. Inspire.

In addition to showcasing three historical houses, Historic Waco serves as the storyteller of the history of Waco and McLennan County and manages the Earle-Harrison House and Pape Gardens.

810 South Fourth Street | 254/753-5166 | |

Office shredder.
QuickBooks Plus Online.
Money: historic house are beautiful and expensive! We were also hit very hard in the drought this year and always need funds/help in maintain the grounds.

Imagination Library of Waco

Inspire a Love of Reading and Learning

Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book gifting program in the world. Imagination Library of Waco mails more than 1,500 high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to registered children from birth to age five. Imagination Library helps children dream more, learn more, care more and be more!

424 Clay Avenue, #2237 |

$2.20 a month provides one free age-appropriate children’s book per month to a local child.
$26 sponsors one child for an entire year.
$130 sponsors one child from birth until their 5th birthday (60 books).
$500 sponsors a future classroom of students for an entire year.
$15,000 opens a new zip code.

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 |

Gift cards ($25 each) or door prize gifts for female high school students participating in Women’s Empowerment Summit.
iPads to process sales at our annual fundraising events.
$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 — Our campus food pantry nourishes up to 400 individuals monthly. Amount: As little as $25 provides up to three meals for a student’s family.
McKown Emergency Grant — These awards provide a crucial financial lifeline for students who encounter life-altering emergencies. Amount: $250 funds one grant.
Highlander Ranch — Contributions help elevate The Highlander Ranch to a world-class competitive venue. Amount: $1,000 and higher.
Cameron Hall and Courtyard — Your gift will reestablish Cameron Hall and Courtyard as a cultural, educational and communal centerpiece for Waco at this historic site. Amount: $5,000 and up.
Honors College Scholarships — The McLennan Honors College brings together motivated learners for great works studies, academic symposia and research projects that have topped those from graduate programs at national competitions. Amount: $20,000 endows one named Honors College Scholarship in perpetuity.

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 |

$50 provides school supplies for one student.
$100 sponsors one family in the Parent Education program.
$150 provides haircuts for one year for one resident.
$300 provides a class ring for one graduating senior.
$600 sponsors one family in the Family Solutions program.

Meals on Wheels Waco

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 for cats and dogs.
Countertop microwave ovens, 0.7 cubic feet.
Utility milkhouse-style heaters, 1,500-watt.
$1,500 to purchase an additional laptop.
Donations of $170 to feed one senior each month ($2040.00 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 with money raised during our Annual Campaign.

13885 Woodway Drive | 254/761-5614 |

Financial Contributions to our Annual Campaign that support:
Classroom grants for teachers and students.
Teacher scholarships.
Outstanding Academic Achievement Student Recognitions.

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.
$400/year for Haiti School Sponsorship.
Deep freezer for Jubilee Food Market.
7-by-16 enclosed trailer.
Washer/Dryer combo set.

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 |

Gallons of bubbles.
Diapers and Pull-Ups in sizes 5, 6 and 7.
Construction and manilla drawing paper.
18 inch by 24 inch easel paper.
Electric weed eater.

Unbound Now

End Human Trafficking. Ignite hope.

Unbound Now supports survivors and resources communities to fight human trafficking in Central Texas and around the world. Call Bronda about dropping off donations or go to

254/545-2872 | |

Wii gaming system for The Reagan House.
A gift of $1260 provides drivers ed for three Reagan residents.
A gift of $1250 covers the comprehensive services a new survivor client may need to get a new start (counseling, groceries, utilities, etc.).
New craft supplies for nurture groups.
Winter hats, scarves and gloves.

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.

1227 N Valley Mills Dr. | Suite 239 | 254/752-2753 |

Financial donations in support of the Annual Campaign.

Waco Family Medicine

More than 50 Years Serving McLennan and Bell Counties

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.