Links & Outreach

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City Organizations

City of Waco

Waco Chamber of Commerce

Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau

Higher Education

Baylor University

McLennan Community College


Places Of Interest

Waco Symphony Orchestra

Dr Pepper Museum

Texas Ranger Museum

Texas Sports Hall of Fame

Historic Waco Foundation

Local Outreach

Helping to meet local nonprofit needs

To submit items for consideration, please contact us at

Advocacy Center for Crime Victims & Children
  • Adopt a family or child for Christmas
  • Blank journals
  • New art supplies (smaller, individual sizes are preferred): markers, glitter, glue, scissors, beads and jewelry supplies (string, clasps, etc.), white T-shirts (all sizes), fabric paints (acrylic and tempera), dye for shirts (tie-dye) for therapy work
  • New clothing for sexual assault survivors at the hospital (their clothing becomes evidence). Women’s: sweat pants (S, M, L), T-shirts (S, M, L), sports bras (S, M, L), panties (sizes 4, 5, and 6) and socks; Boys’ boxer shorts (all sizes) and T-shirts (4-6T)
  • New toys to use with boys and girls in the hospital exam room such as cars, coloring books with crayons and other small toys or books
  • Children’s DVDs for the waiting room at the Advocacy Center or VCR tapes for the hospital
  • Wal-Mart gift certificates for client’s emergency needs
  • Bus passes
  • Bottled water and canned sodas for hospital exam room
  • Volunteers over 21 are needed to work with children in foster care, sexual assault survivors and the 24-hour crisis hotline (all shifts available). Training begins in January; call now.

For more information, call Carol at 254-752-9330, ext. 141.

Animal Birth Control Clinic
  • Yellow highlighters and ink pens
  • Sponsor a spay/neuter for the pet of a low-income family
  • Powered laundry detergent
  • Volunteers over 17; kennel and clerical assistance on a scheduled weekly/bi-weekly basis
  • Volunteers to assist in completing paperwork during monthly Sunday vaccination clinics
  • Scotch tape refills
  • 1″ rolls of masking tape (to label surgical packs)
  • A rent-free space would free funds to perform thousands more spays and neuters
  • Gallons of distilled water for the autoclave sterilization unit

For more information, visit or call Carrie at 254/776-7303.

Arrow Child and Family Ministries
  • Portable LCD projector for community training events
  • Digital camera
  • School supplies for area foster children in pre-K through 12th grade
  • Car seats for infants and toddlers
  • Wal-Mart and HEB gift cards
  • Bible storybooks (for ages 0-4), children’s Bibles (for ages 5-11) and teenager study Bibles (for ages 12-18)
  • Sponsorships for annual summer picnic benefiting area foster children and their foster families
  • Sponsorships for annual Christmas event benefiting area foster children and their foster families

For more information, contact Keith Howard at 254/752-2100 (office) or 254/752-2101(fax) or visit

Christian Women’s Job Corps of McLennan County
  • New office and school supplies: 3-ring binders, dividers for binders, numbered dividers for binders, pencil pouches with grommets, highlighters, post-it notes, colored paper (8 ½ X 11), colored cardstock (8 ½ X 11)
  • Pocket dictionaries
  • Bottled water, coffee, tea and lemonade
  • Gift certificates to be used at celebrations
  • Volunteers needed as mentors (training provided), teachers (curriculum provided), community resource speaker, hospitality committee, encouragement team member, fundraising team member, office help (answer phones, typing, filing, mail-outs, etc.)
  • Volunteers needed to provide lunch for women and/or food for trainings and celebrations

For more information, call 254/757-0416, email or visit

Fuzzy Friends Rescue
  • Purina or Pedigree Kitten, Dog and Cat Chow are needed on a regular basis, as well as Purina Small Bites Dog Chow
  • Cat litter
  • 6-foot dog leashes
  • Bleach
  • Liquid detergent
  • Paper towels
  • 39-gallon trash bags

Call 254/754-9444 for more information or visit

Jesus Said Love
  • Mary Kay, Arbonne and department store brand cosmetics (representatives’ donations are tax deductable)
  • Gift cards to Walmart, HEB and Target
  • Scented candles in containers
  • Perfume
  • Bath and Body Works products
  • New Living Translation or The Message Bibles
  • Gum and mints
  • Small stuffed animals
  • Sponsorships for Jesus Said Love outreach events to the Cameron Park Zoo, The Mayborn Museum, Chuck E. Cheese’s and children’s movies

For more information, contact Emily Mills at 254/855-9831 or email or visit

  • Children’s school supplies and school clothing
  • Gift certificates to HEB or Fiesta grocery stores
  • Volunteers over 18 are needed to tutor children for 1 hour per week at school campus (background check required)

Call Cindy Michaelis at 254/753-6002 ext. 219 with questions or visit

Meals On Wheels
  • Volunteers, particularly in the Bellmead area (must be over 18 with a driver’s license and insurance)
  • Small electric heaters and blankets
  • Ice chests (24-ounce igloo-type coolers)
  • Dental supplies such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss

Call 254/752-0316 to volunteer or visit

Methodist Children’s Home
    For young people on Waco campus and/or Boys Ranch:

  • Mentors for residents
  • High school senior sponsorships
  • Recreation equipment (footballs, basketballs, etc.)
  • For former residents in transition program in Waco:

  • Laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, dishware, irons etc.
  • Sheets, towels and vacuum cleaners for apartments
  • Gift cards for grocery shopping and phone cards
  • For foster children throughout Texas:

  • Disposable diapers (all sizes)
  • A new outfit for a young child (toddlers and under; all sizes)
  • Crib sheet sets
  • Strollers, high chairs and other equipment

For more information, contact Kirsten Pasha at 254/750-1390.

Mission Waco
  • Upright frost-free freezer for food storage at the Meyer Center
  • New, unwrapped donations for Christmas Toy Store needed by the end of November: CD boom boxes, CD walkmans, CD clock/radios, video/electronic games, sports table games, infant toys, toddler toys, toy kitchen furniture, toddler riding toys, bicycles, scooters, teen jewelry sets, art/paint/drawing sets, cosmetic sets, teen toiletries, wristwatches, cameras (regular or disposable), gift certificates (video rental, shoe stores, movie theater)

Call 254/753-4900 or visit

Talitha Koum Institute
  • Clear plastic storage tubs (approximate sizes: 6 quart, 12 quart, 20 quart) to finish the organization of the new Teacher Resource Area
  • Morning volunteers are needed to help in one of the classrooms (Infant, Toddler, Pre-K) to play with children on a scheduled basis (weekly/bi-weekly). All volunteers should first attend a volunteer orientation.

For orientation times, visit and click on Volunteers or call 254/753-1144.

The Freeman Center
    Everyday needs:

  • Arts and crafts supplies (picture frames, ceramics, coasters, etc.)
  • New VHS movies
  • Mini fridge
  • Twin beds
  • Automated External Defibrillation machines
  • Large commercial-type U.S. & Texas flags and pole
  • Football and soccer balls
  • Volunteers:

  • To purge archived records
  • MENTORS Youth, Women & Men
  • Gardening/Landscaping
  • To replace rotten wood outside of counselor’s office
  • Automobile Repair

For more information, call Jamie at 254/292-2099 or visit

Waco ISD Education Foundation
  • Teacher appreciation or incentive gifts of any level and quantity (year-round)
  • Autographed items from celebrities to auction, or connections to celebrities to participate in cook-off fundraiser

Call Traci Marlin at 254/755-WISD (9473) or visit

World Hunger Relief, Inc.
  • Volunteers to help with daily animal chores, light gardening, harvest, transplanting, weeding, landscaping and other farm tasks
  • Skilled volunteers (carpentry, welding, small engine repair, electrical, plumbing, construction) for a variety of tasks
  • Volunteers to help staff and stock our Village Store, a fair-trade gift shop located at our farm
  • Cook a midday meal for our interns, volunteers and staff
  • Any of the following items for outdoor work: trash cans, hoses, wheelbarrows, leaf rakes, hammers, tape measures, wrenches, drills, 55-gallon barrels, yardsticks
  • Any of the following items for indoor work: microwave, food processor, blender, plates, pots, pans, kitchen knives, paper shredder, large paper cutter, large Rubbermaid totes

For more information, visit or call Dale at 254/799-5611.